NetApp® Expands StoreVault™ Distribution Relationship with Arrow Electronics and Avnet

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-February 20, 2008-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced an extension of a current channel distribution agreement with the Enterprise Computing Solutions (ECS) unit of Arrow Electronics, Inc., and Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) to distribute NetApp® StoreVault™ storage solutions to midmarket customers in North America. A leading value-added distributor for the information technology industry, Arrow ECS provides enterprise and midrange computing products, services, and solutions to value-added resellers, system integrators, and independent software vendors. Avnet is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products, and technology services and solutions. As a result of this agreement, StoreVault will reach more resellers and end users through Arrow ECS's and Avnet's extensive relationships with the storage solution provider community.

Midsized customers face challenges similar to those confronting larger organizations, yet compete for the same business. To maintain their competitive advantage, midsized companies must ensure their storage management capabilities provide them with enterprise-level protection at affordable price points. The StoreVault family of products enables solution providers to offer a complete solution for firms with small remote (or branch) offices that are seeking lower-cost systems from NetApp to solve backup, restore, consolidation, and disaster recovery problems. StoreVault can help provide the ultimate flexibility and scalability in SAN and NAS environments.

"Arrow ECS is pleased to see our alliance with NetApp grow with this agreement," said Sean Kerins, vice president of Arrow ECS's Storage Group. "We look forward to adding the StoreVault line to our comprehensive portfolio of affordable and effective solutions for medium-sized businesses. This agreement furthers our efforts to help our reseller partners penetrate the midmarket."

"Expanding Avnet's relationship with NetApp to include StoreVault creates a great opportunity for our partners to provide their midmarket customers with a complete storage management solution," said Jeff Bawol, senior vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, Enterprise Software and Storage Solutions Group. "The midmarket is core to our partners' businesses, and offering StoreVault will help them provide a more complete storage solution, from both the cost and performance perspectives. It's a chance to provide them with an enterprise-level solution at an affordable price."

"Growing our relationship with Arrow ECS and Avnet is the next logical step in our channel distribution strategy," said Sajai Krishnan, general manager of the StoreVault division. "As the midmarket demand for StoreVault products continues to increase, Arrow ECS and Avnet bring the expertise to support our growing number of channel partners. Partnering with trusted channel sources like Arrow ECS and Avnet opens the door for us to a broader customer base that is looking for an ideal storage solution to match its needs. With StoreVault continuing to gain traction in the marketplace, this relationship will only further the product's brand recognition and market penetration."

"NetApp is one of the leading storage vendors that we work with," said Sandy Salty, director of Marketing, Trace|3. "Deepening their relationship with Arrow ECS and Avnet is a smart move that will help them touch a bigger slice of the midmarket space. They already have a great reputation as one of the leading storage vendors, and this deal should only help to enhance that perception."

The entire StoreVault line of products, which includes the StoreVault S300 and StoreVault S500, is composed of simple, affordable network storage systems that provide security, peace-of-mind data protection, and simplified management of business information. More intelligent storage allows a business with limited IT resources to focus on solving business demands and addresses traditional problems with leading-edge, intelligent technology. With support for NAS and SAN, StoreVault is a strategic investment for midsized customers, reducing the complexity of storage management.

Pricing and Availability
StoreVault networked storage solutions are available immediately from Arrow ECS at and Avnet at Pricing is available directly from Arrow ECS and Avnet.

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