Industry Analyst Report Highlights NetApp® Software Success


Sunnyvale, CA - September 19, 2005 - Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it experienced the fastest growth among the top five vendors in storage software with 49.4% year over year growth from Q2'04 to Q2'05 versus a market growth rate of 11.8% for the same period. NetApp also moved from the number five position to tie with HP for a finish in the top four vendors. Total NetApp market share in storage software grew from 5% in Q2 2004 to 6.6% in Q2 2005. Additional details are available in IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker Q2 2005.

"We are grateful to all our customers who recognize that NetApp is a data management leader with a compelling software portfolio," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network Appliance. "IDC's market share figures confirm what our leading customers and partners have known for a while-NetApp is far more than a hardware systems company. Whether a customer needs storage software for backup and recovery, compliance, storage consolidation, or simply easier and faster management of far-flung and massive data deployments, NetApp has a solution to reduce their IT infrastructure burden and simplify their operations."

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