Network Appliance Honors Customers and Partners with Second Annual NetApp Innovation Awards

Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 14, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced network storage solutions, will honor the winners of the 2005 NetApp Innovation Awards at an awards ceremony today at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco, California. The NetApp Innovation Awards recognize customers and partners who have implemented NetApp® solutions in an innovative way to positively impact their business.

Over 100 nominees competed for awards in the following five categories: Innovator of the Year, Enterprise, Individual, Humanitarian, and Technology Partner. One winner and two finalists were selected in each category by a third-party panel of judges, consisting of distinguished business and technology experts from the media, industry analyst, and business communities.

"The NetApp Innovation Award nominees, finalists, and winners reflect the very best of our customers and partners," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance. "The solutions submitted for this year's awards illustrated a greater depth of innovation and clearly demonstrated how customers and partners are deploying storage technologies to bring enhanced value to their businesses, customers, and communities."

2005 NetApp Innovation Award Winners:

  • Innovator of the Year category: United States Marine Corps, II Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Enterprise category: Telstra Corporation Ltd.
  • Individual category: Martin Cooper, CTO, Arup
  • Humanitarian category: The Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia
  • Technology Partner category: Arkivio, Inc.

The Innovator of the Year winner, the United States Marine Corps, II Marine Expeditionary Force, is responsible for supporting more than 27,000 Marines, currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Finalists in the Innovator of the Year category included France Télécom, one of the world's leading telecommunications carriers, and LandAmerica, a leading provider of real estate transaction services.

"We at the II Marine Expeditionary Force feel that the award is a reflection of what can be accomplished given the collaboration of a vital mission, smart engineers/architects, and an outstanding product," said Lieutenant Colonel John DelColliano of the United States Marine Corps, winner of the Innovator of the Year award.

In the Enterprise category, which honored organizations that have deployed NetApp solutions for a commercial business that has achieved a positive business impact, the winner was Telstra, Australia's leading telecommunications and information services company. Ford Otosan, a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Koc Holding, Turkey's leading conglomerate, and the United States Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which provides timely, objective, and cogent military intelligence to warfighters, defense planners, and defense and national security policymakers, were finalists.

Martin Cooper, CTO of Arup, won in the Individual category, which recognizes an individual within a customer organization who has achieved business success through innovation with NetApp solutions or has championed streamlined or innovative solutions within the IT organization. Arup is a global firm of planners, designers, engineers, and business consultants providing a diverse range of professional services to clients around the world. The firm is the creative force behind many of the world's most innovative and sustainable buildings and transport and civil engineering projects. Ed Yee, former vice president of Technology at NVIDIA and now director of IT Operations at Virgin Mobile, and Paul Hocking, IT Infrastructure development manager at FirstAssist, a leading health and well-being solutions provider, were finalists.

The Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia, one of Canada's largest and most prestigious public research and teaching institutions, took home top honors in the Humanitarian category. The Humanitarian category recognizes a company or individual that exemplifies humanitarianism by giving back to the community. The Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) is a University of British Columbia interdisciplinary research institute fostering a human-centered paradigm shift in emerging information technologies. Arizona State University, which serves more than 61,000 students across three campuses in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, and the University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin, which provides information and information-related services to the University of Texas at Austin and to the general public, were finalists.

Arkivio, a leading provider of information lifecycle management (ILM) solutions for enterprise customers, was the winner in the Technology Partner category, which honors service, infrastructure, or application partners who have shown exceptional commitment to NetApp by demonstrating significant contributions to sales, marketing, development, or other innovation and who have excelled in developing the partnership and mutual business with NetApp by providing quality products, solutions, and services to our customers. Arkivio offers software for data archiving and retention, regulatory compliance, storage consolidation, backup and recovery optimization, and capacity management across a tiered-storage infrastructure. Syncsort, an international developer of high-performance data protection and data warehousing software, was a finalist.

From the start, the NetApp Innovation Awards have relied on a prestigious third-party panel of judges. The awards distinguish themselves in the industry by adding outside expertise and a critical, unbiased assessment of real-world NetApp deployments at customer sites.

Innovation Award judges for 2005 included Pascal Boulard, editor-in-chief, La Tribune, a daily newspaper in Paris, France; Carsten Knop, editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the largest national newspapers in Germany; John McArthur, group vice president and general manager, Information Infrastructure and Enabling Technologies at IDC; Mark Schlack, vice president, Editorial/Windows and Storage Media Groups; and George Shaheen, former CEO of Siebel Systems and a member of the Network Appliance board of directors.

For more information about the awards and the 2005 winners, please visit www.netapp.com/go/innovation.

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