NetApp StoreVault S500 Named One of the Best Midmarket Products of the Year by CMP's VARBusiness Magazine

Sunnyvale, CA - August 21, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced network storage solutions, today announced that the StoreVault S500 was named a VARBusiness Best Midmarket Product of the Year by CMP Media's VARBusiness magazine.

The biweekly magazine that provides strategic insight to technology integrators solicited input from information-technology (IT) vendors and solution providers to determine which products and services were best for midmarket customers: companies with between 100 and 999 employees. Entries were considered and reviewed by VARBusiness editors, who selected only 45 of the more than 350 nominated products.

The NetApp StoreVault S500 is featured and profiled in the special VARBusiness "Best of the Midmarket" issue. Priced in the mid-$5,000 range, the StoreVault S500 is a scalable all-in-one network storage appliance that supports NAS, iSCSI SAN, and Fibre Channel (FC) SAN.

"Our readers tell us that the middle market is one of the fastest-growing IT categories today," says VARBusiness publisher Robert C. DeMarzo. "The StoreVault S500 is one that best meets that segment's needs."

"Customer feedback on the StoreVault solution has been extremely positive," said Dan Nickel, president, NiTech. "The StoreVault S500 is feature rich and customized for SMBs at a price point that fits SMB budgets. As an all-in-one solution that is easy to install and simple to manage, the StoreVault S500 gives small and midsized companies exactly what they've been looking for."

"This recognition validates the StoreVault product offering and the StoreVault resellers who have chosen NetApp as their strategic partner," said Leonard Iventosch, vice president, Americas Channel Sales, Network Appliance. "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."

Sajai Krishnan, general manager of StoreVault Division, added, "This is a real tribute to our StoreVault channel partners, who provide the local solution consulting for this important market."

About VARBusiness Magazine
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About StoreVault
StoreVault, a NetApp division, is focused on delivering data storage solutions tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. StoreVault combines enterprise-proven technology from Network Appliance, a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise, with the scalability, simplicity, security, and affordability required by SMBs. Information about StoreVault solutions and resellers is available at

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