NetApp® Extends NAS Leadership, Helps Customers Increase Efficiency and Lower Overhead

Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 3, 2008 -- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the results of a study conducted by VeriTest™, the testing service of Lionbridge (NASDAQ: LIOX), comparing NAS deployments running on the NetApp® Data ONTAP® operating system with EMC Celerra deployments running the DART operating system. Among the key findings of the study were that NetApp NAS reduced the amount of raw storage required by as much as 80% compared to the EMC Celerra solution. The VeriTest study also found that data retention (backup) schedules can be modified nine times faster with NetApp versus EMC, which can help reduce administration overhead.

The VeriTest study simulated common operations performed by IT administrators, including setup, provisioning, and file protection to deliver file services. All tests followed respective best practices as published by NetApp and EMC for provisioning and deploying storage for use in production environments. NetApp believes these results highlight the superior functionality and greater return on investment customers get with a Data ONTAP system and further validate NetApp as the network-attached storage (NAS) leader for real-world data center deployments.

"NetApp is thrilled with the results of this independent study and the validation of NetApp's approach to helping customers fulfill their NAS needs," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "This is another study that clearly shows the benefits NetApp helps provide in the very real-world terms of increased performance, decreased costs, and simplified manageability."

Helping customers to increase efficiency and lower costs, NetApp requires only half the provisioned space to provide secured and shared storage across Windows®, UNIX®, and Linux® environments compared to EMC. In addition, customers save time with the NetApp solution, which requires only one-quarter as much setup time. Unlike EMC Celerra, NetApp solutions are also able to shrink the size of provisioned storage without affecting the availability of the production file system, helping customers reduce provisioned, but unused storage. The NetApp solution also provides superior data protection and resiliency with RAID-DP®, which can continue to serve data even after a double disk failure. With NetApp, customers are able to lower administrative overhead and reduce disk space requirements, resulting in a greater overall return on investment.

NetApp's strong results stem from the powerful, flexible features and capabilities NetApp customers use in their data centers every day. The NetApp thin-provisioning capability allows for more efficient use of storage in real-world workloads such as home directories, shared file storage, and software development, helping to reduce needed hardware investments. NetApp Snapshot™ functionality allows for frequent space-efficient backups of files and directories, streamlining backup and recovery operations. NetApp systems simultaneously offer native support for file serving and sharing over NFS and CIFS. These systems can simultaneously support SAN capabilities, allowing storage consolidation on a single platform. These features give customers scalability, flexibility, and performance superior to those provided by the competition to better meet their file-serving and network-attached storage needs.

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