NetApp Honors Customers with 2007 NetApp Innovation Awards

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 22, 2008 NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) will honor the winners of the 2007 NetApp Innovation Awards at an awards ceremony today at the CordeValle Resort in San Martin, Calif. The NetApp Innovation Awards recognize customers who implemented NetApp® solutions in an innovative way to positively impact their business.

Over 185 nominees competed for awards this year in the following six categories: Innovator of the Year, Enterprise Business Applications, Enterprise Infrastructure, Individual, Humanitarian, and Small-to-Medium Business. One winner and two finalists were selected in each category by a third-party panel of judges that consisted of distinguished business and technology experts from the media and business communities.

In addition, this year NetApp is presenting the Go Beyond Award for the first time. The Go Beyond Award is selected by NetApp from the Innovation Awards' 6 winners and 12 finalists and is awarded to a customer who has partnered with NetApp through marketing, educational, and speaking opportunities to help enable customers to do things they couldn't before. A Go Beyond Award winner is a true partner and shares in NetApp's passion to perfect the art of teamwork to help make businesses faster, more efficient, and flexible.

"The NetApp Innovation Awards honor those in the NetApp user community who demonstrate creativity, thought leadership, and best practices," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of NetApp. "The nominees, finalists, and winners of this year's awards illustrate how our customers are harnessing the power of NetApp solutions to take their businesses further, faster."

2007 NetApp Innovation Award Winners

  • Innovator of the Year category: Oracle
  • Enterprise Business Application category: Southwest Airlines
  • Enterprise Infrastructure category: Invesco
  • Individual category: Richard Barlow, system architect at Virginia Credit Union
  • Humanitarian category: The Tech Museum of Innovation
  • Small-to-Medium Business category: Corporate Development Systems, Inc.
  • Go Beyond: Activision

The Innovator of the Year winner, Oracle, is in the information business-how to manage, use, share, and protect information. For nearly three decades, Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company, has provided the software and services that let organizations get the most up-to-date and accurate information from their business systems. Oracle previously won the 2004 NetApp Innovation Award in the Enterprise category. Lehman Brothers, an innovator in global finance, and Qualcomm Incorporated, were finalists this year.

In the Enterprise Business Application category, the winner was Southwest Airlines, the United States' most successful low-fare, high-frequency, point-to-point air carrier. This category honors customers worldwide who have deployed NetApp systems for Oracle®, SAP®, SQL Server™, or Exchange applications and demonstrated measurable returns in cost savings, efficiencies, or other business metrics. Israel Aerospace Industries, Lahav Division, a world-class leader in the field of operational upgrades of fighter and trainer aircraft, and UZ Leuven, one of the largest healthcare providers in Europe and winner of the 2004 NetApp Innovation Award in the Visionary category, were finalists.

The Enterprise Infrastructure award distinguishes customers worldwide who have deployed NetApp systems to power data center, workgroup, department, collaborative, or HPC applications that are specifically not Oracle, SAP, SQL Server, or Exchange and who demonstrate innovation with NetApp products. This year's winner was Invesco, a leading independent global investment management company. By delivering the combined power of its distinctive worldwide investment management capabilities, including AIM, Atlantic Trust, Invesco, Perpetual, PowerShares, Trimark, and WL Ross, Invesco provides a comprehensive array of enduring investment solutions for retail, institutional, and private wealth management clients around the world. Activision, a leading international publisher of interactive entertainment software products, and Reliance Communications Limited, which is rated among "Asia's Top 5 Most Valuable Telecom Companies" and is India's foremost and truly integrated telecommunications service provider, were finalists.

Richard Barlow, systems architect at Virginia Credit Union, won in the Individual category, which recognizes an individual within a customer organization who has achieved business success through innovation with NetApp solutions or has championed streamlined or innovative solutions within the IT organization. Virginia Credit Union, with assets of $1.5 billion, is a nonprofit financial cooperative owned by its 180,000 members. Proudly serving members for 80 years, the credit union provides a variety of affordable services and financial education with the sole purpose of helping people grow financially. Seth Georgion, manager of IT Service at Furgro Pelagos, which conducts hydrographic charting surveys, and Michael Williams, CIO and executive director of IT at The Immune Tolerance Network, an international collaboration of researchers that conducts clinical research of new immune tolerance therapies, were finalists.

The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the nation's premier science and technology museums, took home top honors in the Humanitarian category. Through its interactive museum content, signature programs, traveling exhibitions, and educational offerings, The Tech brings math, science, and engineering to life for everyone, inspiring the next generation of innovators. The Humanitarian category recognizes a company or individual that exemplifies humanitarianism by giving back to the community. Catholic Healthcare West, the eighth-largest hospital system in the United States, and FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, nongovernmental, not-for-profit healthcare network serving 15 counties in the mid-Carolinas, were finalists.

In the Small-to-Medium Business category, which honors customers who have deployed a StoreVault™ product to demonstrably reduce storage complexity, improve performance, or move to a thoughtful networked storage environment, the winner was Corporate Development Systems, Inc., a technological network consulting company specializing in business solutions, network infrastructure design, project management, and systems support. The finalists in this category were Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation, which provides state-of-the-art telecommunications services to both businesses and residents in Northeast Missouri; and the School District of Poynette, a small K-12 school district in southern Wisconsin serving approximately 1,100 students.

Activision was named the winner of the first-ever Go Beyond Award. Activision is a leading international publisher of interactive entertainment software products. The company has built a diverse portfolio of products that span a wide range of categories and target markets and that are used on a variety of game hardware platforms and operating systems. Activision has created, licensed, and acquired a group of highly recognizable brands that it markets to a variety of consumer demographics.

The NetApp Innovation Awards program distinguishes itself by relying on a prestigious third-party panel of judges for the six main categories. These judges determine the award winners based on their outside expertise and a critical, unbiased assessment of real-world NetApp deployments at customer sites.

Innovation Award judges for 2007 included Pascal Boulard, editor, La Tribune; David Carr, owner, Carr Communications, Inc, a marketing and web design company.;Peter Hero, senior advisor, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a partner and resource to organizations improving the quality of life in Silicon Valley; Carsten Knop, editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; Chris Mellor, editor, Blocks & File; and Paul Shread, managing editor, Jupitermedia.

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