NetApp Congratulates Arizona State University for Winning a Network World All-Star Award

Sunnyvale, Calif. - November 21, 2005 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) customer Arizona State University (ASU) is the winner of a 2005 Network World Enterprise All-Star Award for the implementation of its Integrated Data to Enhance Arizona's Learning (IDEAL) project. The Network World Enterprise All-Star Awards recognize 50 enterprise IT organizations representing the most innovative applications of network technology. The ASU IDEAL program displayed exceptional use of network technology to further the business objectives of the educational institution within the education and community landscape.

The award-winning IDEAL project is a joint effort between the Arizona Department of Education and ASU to provide a single location on the Internet for more than 1,000,000 students and 58,000 certified teachers. The IDEAL project leverages NetApp fabric-attached storage (FAS) systems at the ASU disaster recovery facility in an effort to provide universal access-for children, teachers, and parents from their homes, rural and urban schools, universities, and community colleges-to a vast store of learning resources and data. With this storage infrastructure in place, students and teachers can access information at all university sites and remote locations, viewing updated-to-the-minute content.

"Cost savings and reliability prompted us to look to NetApp to provide a scalable storage infrastructure for the IDEAL project," said Samuel DiGangi, assistant vice provost of Information Technology at Arizona State University. "ASU continually strives to give back to the surrounding communities, and IDEAL is the next step of that initiative, encouraging lifelong learning and eliminating educational barriers."

"We are thrilled that ASU's innovative approach to creating the IDEAL project has garnered them recognition," said Elisa Steele, vice president of Worldwide Integrated Marketing at Network Appliance. "ASU has created a stable and expandable storage infrastructure. The IDEAL network is capable of scaling to support millions of users, helping the university to bring educational resources to those who would not have access otherwise."

Details on all winners of the Network World Enterprise All-Star Awards are available online at

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