NetApp S500 Named 2008 Community Choice Award Winner by Penton Media’s Windows IT PRO

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 4, 2008 - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that the NetApp® S500 was named a bronze winner by Penton Media's Windows IT Pro® "2008 Community Choice Awards" in the Backup and Recovery Products category.

The Windows IT Pro's 2008 Community Choice Awards recognize products that have been selected as the best in the industry by Windows IT Pro's reader community, IT professionals, and industry critics. The voting process took place on the Windows IT Pro forum, where its visitors, along with several Windows® user groups, were asked to vote on their product preferences in seven broad technology categories.

"The 2008 Community Choice Awards continue our tradition of honoring products that our readers tell us are most worthy of recognition," said Jeff Lewis, group publisher of Windows IT Pro. "These products measure up where it counts most: in the businesses, agencies, and institutions that rely on them to deliver what they promise."

The Windows IT Pro reader community found the NetApp S500 to have extreme value and performance when managing data backup and recovery. The NetApp S500 can host Windows application data and perform instant backup and restores of complete multiterabyte databases. NetApp's SnapManager® for SQL Server and SnapManager for Exchange software can integrate NetApp Snapshot™ copies directly into these Windows applications. With this system, customers can streamline the backup and recovery process and increase efficiency, creating multiple online backups in seconds and eliminating their dependence on tape backup windows.

"The Windows IT Pro's Community Choice Awards are a unique honor, coming from the votes of readers and IT community themselves," said Jeff O'Neal, senior director of Data Center Solutions for NetApp. "Midmarket customers face unique data storage challenges and need enterprise-class storage capabilities to meet and exceed their business potential. This award recognizes how NetApp technology helps our customers grow their businesses without worrying about their growing storage."

The current generation of the NetApp S family the NetApp S550, is a scalable all-in-one networked storage appliance customized for midsized enterprise and remote office/branch office customers at a price point that fits their budget needs. With its intuitive Windows graphical user interface, the S550 is easy to install and simple to manage, while providing enterprise-class networked storage functionality. The NetApp S550 also has the ability to share files over CIFS and to replicate files and databases to remote storage locations to protect data in the event of a disaster. The NetApp S family has been deployed across a wide range of industries to solve the growing number of customer challenges of data growth, data protection, and data management.

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