NetApp Representative Appointed to the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Board of Directors

Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 12, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that David Dale, industry evangelist at Network Appliance, has been appointed to the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) board of directors. Dale joins other technology leaders to oversee the association's vision, mission, and charter. SNIA is a global forum for technology companies to address critical issues in the technical standards and interoperability of storage networks; provide insight into emerging trends in data management; and promote best practices for corporate leadership and IT managers.

In addition to his new position on the SNIA board of directors, Dale is an industry evangelist at NetApp with over 20 years experience in the computer industry. He has been at the forefront of new product marketing initiatives for NetApp, most recently focusing on NetApp SAN solutions, and has had a successful 5-year history with SNIA, including 3 years as chair of the IP Storage Forum.

The SNIA board of directors consists of ten seats elected by the SNIA members and three seats that may be appointed by the board. Meeting face to face at least six times a year, the board addresses organizational issues and opportunities, including strategic planning, membership development, marketing and public relations, technical output, operational planning, and more.

SNIA membership is open to any company, institution, or individual interested in ensuring that storage networks become complete and trusted solutions across the IT community.

About SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization made up of more than 420 active member companies and their worldwide affiliates and close to 7,100 active individuals spanning the entire storage industry. SNIA members share the common goal of advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education. and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at

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. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at

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