Network Appliance Certified as Five-Star Vendor by CMP's VARBusiness Magazine

Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 4, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced network storage solutions, today was recognized by CMP Media's VARBusiness magazine as one of the top vendors in North America for its channel program. NetApp was certified as a Five-Star Partner for the industry-leading and competitive attributes of the NetApp VIP Partner Program.

Of the 250-plus vendor program entries reviewed for the past year, only 70 companies received the five-star rating in the magazine's 12th annual Partner Programs Guide survey, which appeared in the March 20, 2006, issue of VARBusiness.

"We applaud vendors like NetApp for demonstrating best practices and for the leadership roles they have achieved within the IT distribution channel," said VARBusiness editor Lawrence M. Walsh.

"At NetApp we have always focused on building long-term partner relationships based on trust and credibility," said Leonard Iventosch, vice president, Channels North America at Network Appliance. "This award validates the VIP program and the resellers who have chosen NetApp as their strategic partner. VARBusiness is a premier technology publication and is recognized for its editorial quality and keen industry analysis, and this award means a lot to NetApp and our partner community."

Further details on the 2006 VARBusiness Partner Programs Guide are available online at: www.crn.com.

To learn more about the NetApp VIP Program visit: www.netapp.com/us/solutions/solution-partners/.

About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts that simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.

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