NetApp Customer, IGT, Named 2005 InfoWorld 100 Winner

Sunnyvale, Calif. - November 28, 2005 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) customer, IGT, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of casino slot machines, has been named a 2005 InfoWorld 100 winner for innovation in the Services category. The InfoWorld 100 annual awards program honors companies such as IGT for innovative use of technology to solve business needs.

IGT relies on NetApp storage and data management solutions to streamline data center operations and achieve high-performance delivery of vital data when and where it is needed. NetApp fabric-attached storage (FAS) systems integrated with NetApp Snapshot™ and NetApp SnapMirror® software offer a cohesive storage solution to easily consolidate and administer large amounts of engineering design data while protecting important intellectual capital. The creation of a remote standby site with NetApp primary and secondary storage systems and NetApp data protection software gives IGT the ability to safeguard its data, and rapidly recover with real-time backups in the case of a complete failover. According to IGT, the company experiences faster time-to-market and is able to meet their engineering objectives.

"IT departments continue to learn hard lessons about business realities and realistic return on investment," said Eric Knorr, InfoWorld executive editor-at-large. "The InfoWorld 100 provides a forum for IT managers to get the recognition they deserve for smart projects from an audience of their peers."

"IGT is a stellar example of how NetApp storage systems help customers simplify the management of their data. We are pleased to see IGT recognized as an InfoWorld 100 winner," said Elisa Steele, vice president of Worldwide Integrated Marketing at Network Appliance. "It is always inspiring to hear how customers are deploying NetApp solutions to bring unique value to their businesses and customers."

Details on all winners of the 2005 InfoWorld 100 awards are available online at http://www.infoworld.com/archives/t.jsp?N=s&V=71329.

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