NetApp's Leonard Iventosch Recognized as Channel Chief by CMP Channel's CRN for Fourth Year

Sunnyvale, Calif. - February 25, 2008 -- NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) today announced that Leonard Iventosch, vice president, Global Channels, was named a 2008 Channel Chief by CMP Channel's CRN. Channel Chiefs are recognized as influential executives who consistently defend, promote, and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies. Iventosch joined NetApp in June 2000 and since that time has driven the creation of an industry-leading VIP (Very Important Partner) Program complementary to the company's direct sales force.

"At NetApp we believe in long-term partner relationships based on trust and integrity, and to be recognized for our commitment to our partner community is a great honor," said Iventosch. "By investing in our channel program and, more importantly, in our partners, we are creating additional opportunities for our most trusted partners to effectively be more engaged with customers to solve their data center needs."

This is the sixth consecutive year that CRN developed the Channel Chief list. Top Channel Chiefs were chosen based on criteria including policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities.

"Successful channel programs and strategies help fuel the solution provider ecosystem, and each of this year's Channel Chiefs should be applauded for building and advocating the most successful of those programs and strategies," said Dan Dignam, vice president and publisher of CMP Channel.

About NetApp
NetApp is a leading provider of innovative data management solutions that simplify the complexities of storing, managing, protecting, and retaining enterprise data. Market leaders around the world choose NetApp to help them reduce cost, minimize risk, and adapt to change. For solutions that deliver unmatched simplicity and value, visit us on the Web at

About CRN (
CRN provides solution providers and technology integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to drive their company's sales. As an advocate for and a voice of the IT channel, solution providers turn to CRN first for immediate information. With nearly 25 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for channel professionals. CRN can be found on the web at

About CMP Channel (
CMP Channel is the one-stop shop customers turn to in order to meet their global sales channel objectives from access to execution. Through use of its print products, which include CRN and VARBusiness, their accompanying websites, the broader ChannelWeb network, the Group's XChange worldwide face-to-face conferences and the Institute for Partner Education & Development (IPED), vendors are able to accelerate sales through the channel. CMP Channel provides a worldwide answer to advertising, branding and marketing services, lead generation, market intelligence, branded and custom events, education of solution providers and best practices for vendors.

About CMP Technology (
CMP Technology is a marketing-solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

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