Network Appliance Appoints Edward Kozel to Board of Directors

Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 19, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that Edward Kozel, a member of the Yahoo! board of directors and CEO of cRight, Inc., a developer of anti-piracy software, has joined the NetApp® board of directors. Kozel's appointment adds the eleventh member to the Network Appliance™ board.

"We are pleased to welcome Ed to the board of directors," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance. "His experience working with leading technology companies, including Yahoo! and Cisco, coupled with his vast knowledge of the business landscape, will lend itself to Network Appliance as we continue to grow our leadership position in enterprise storage."

"I am honored to be appointed to the board of directors of Network Appliance," said Kozel. "I look forward to collaborating with this talented team to take the company to the next level."

In addition to his board appointment at Yahoo! and his position as CEO of cRight, Inc., Kozel has been a managing member of Open Range Ventures, a venture capital firm, since January 2000. Until 2002, he was a member of the board of directors of Cisco Systems, Inc., where he worked for 11 years in a variety of roles, including chief technology officer and senior vice president of business development. Previously, Kozel held positions at Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and SRI international, where he participated in the early design and development of the Internet Protocol (IP) model and TCP/IP, packet radio networks, and highly distributed information systems.

Kozel also holds a board appointment with Reuters Group PLC. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

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