NetApp Customer FirstHealth of the Carolinas’ CIO Honored by Computerworld With a 2008 “Best in Class” Award

Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 31, 2008 -- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that Dave Dillehunt, CIO of NetApp customer FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Inc., received a 2008 Computerworld "Best in Class" award. Dillehunt was honored for his company's innovative use of NetApp® technology to address growing data storage and security demands while improving the company's disaster recovery ability. The "Best in Class" recipients and their companies will be profiled throughout the year in Computerworld.

Computerworld's "Best in Class" awards program honors IT leaders who execute on business goals with technology projects. These honorees are a subset of the 2008 Premier 100 IT honorees, who are recognized for helping their organizations achieve goals through technology innovation. To select this year's 10 winners, a panel of judges and Computerworld editors evaluated dozens of candidates, looking for projects with measurable payback, strategic importance to the business, customer impact, and new revenue or cost savings.

"In the demanding storage environments healthcare providers are faced with, FirstHealth exemplifies the true benefits of collaborating to develop a smart and flexible storage strategy," said Elisa Steele, vice president of Corporate Marketing at NetApp. "We're proud of our partnership with FirstHealth and proud of the way technology in their data center has benefited their business and, ultimately, their patients."

Dillehunt and the FirstHealth IT team partnered with NetApp to consolidate the company's data center infrastructure from direct-attached storage (DAS) to NetApp IP SAN standardized on the FAS3000 series. In response to massive patient data growth, data protection regulations, and security demands, FirstHealth leveraged NetApp Data ONTAP® 7G and FlexVol® to provision and allocate over 150TB of data for maximum performance and scalability. With the comprehensive data protection suite from NetApp, FirstHealth improved patient data availability and recoverability to deliver critical care, even in the event of a site disaster.

About FirstHealth of the Carolinas
FirstHealth of the Carolinas is a private, non-governmental, not-for-profit healthcare network serving 15 counties in the mid-Carolinas. For two consecutive years the organization's flagship hospital was named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals.

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