NetApp Data ONTAP Achieves U.S. Government Certification For IPv6

SUNNYVALE, Calif.- April 23, 2009 - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that its Data ONTAP® software has been certified by the U.S. Department of Defense for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) interoperability. As a result, NetApp is now listed on the U.S. federal government's Special Interoperability Certification for IPv6 Capability list.

The current version of IP in widespread use, IPv4, was first defined and deployed over 25 years ago, and its limit of about 4 billion addresses will eventually be exhausted. IPv6, a replacement for IPv4, is the next generation of the Internet Protocol, with virtually inexhaustible address space that allows improved security, extended routing capabilities, and IP mobility. All products purchased in support of Department of Defense networks must be IPv6 capable.

The certification testing was completed by the Joint Interoperability Test Command at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, on March 13, 2009. The system used during the testing was a NetApp® FAS3020 storage system running NetApp Data ONTAP version 7.3.1. Because of the unified storage approach used by NetApp, all NetApp storage systems running on Data ONTAP version 7.3.1 software are also certified as IPv6 capable.

The IPv6 interoperability certification enables federal government customers to deploy NetApp solutions with confidence in mixed IPv4 and IPv6 environments.

"This certification demonstrates our commitment to providing solutions with the most advanced technologies that meet the high standards of the U.S. government," said Mark Weber, president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, NetApp. "As government agencies look to roll out IPv6 environments, we are prepared to help. Our unified storage solutions are precertified and ready to enable our customers to transform their data centers and improve their storage efficiency in IPv6 environments."

Data ONTAP is a highly optimized, scalable, and flexible operating system that uniquely and concurrently supports any mix of storage area network (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), and Internet Protocol SAN (IP SAN) environments. This unified storage software platform integrates seamlessly in UNIX®, Linux®, Windows®, and Web environments. The Data ONTAP operating system provides the foundation to build a storage infrastructure and an enterprise-wide data fabric for mission-critical business applications while lowering the total cost of ownership and complexity typically associated with the management of large-scale enterprise data centers.

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