NetApp Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in Leading Analyst Firm's Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software Magic Quadrant

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-October 4, 2010-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that Gartner, Inc. positioned NetApp in the Leaders quadrant for Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software[1]. In a recently released research report, "Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software," Gartner asserts, vendors in the Leaders quadrant "have the highest combined measures of Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. They have the most comprehensive and scalable products. They have a proven track record of financial performance and an established market presence. In terms of vision, they are perceived as thought leaders with well-articulated plans for ease of use, as well as how to address scalability and product breadth. For vendors to have long-term success, they must plan to address the expanded market requirements for change management, root cause analysis and performance analysis. Leaders must not only deliver to current market requirements, which continue to change, but also need to anticipate and deliver on future requirements. A cornerstone for Leaders is the ability to articulate how these requirements will be addressed as part of their vision for resource management. As a group, Leaders can be considered a part of most new purchase proposals, and they have high success rates in winning new business."

"We believe our position in the Gartner Leaders quadrant is strong recognition of NetApp® storage management solutions and demonstrates the value and flexibility our innovations offer customers to address their evolving storage infrastructure requirements," said Krish Padmanabhan, vice president and general manager of Manageability and Ecosystem Integration, NetApp. "Our growth in revenue, sales execution and market share indicates that NetApp is gaining traction and becoming the solution of choice to help customers maximize the efficiency of a shared IT infrastructure."

NetApp storage management solutions help customers optimize their shared IT infrastructure and reduce the cost of delivering storage services. With a single, unified management approach for physical, virtual, and service environments, NetApp solutions control, automate and analyze the IT infrastructure to help customers respond rapidly to changing demands. These offerings address the growing and critical need for service automation to help customers reduce the time required to perform routine administrative tasks as their infrastructures grow. In particular, unique SANscreen® capabilities, which include monitoring, service analysis and near real-time discovery of large-scale, multi-vendor, multi-protocol enterprise environments help customers optimize shared IT infrastructures to deliver services efficiently. For more information regarding NetApp's storage management solutions, visit www.netapp.com/us/products/management-software/sanscreen/sanscreen.html. To view the Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software, visit www.netapp.com/us/library/analyst-reports/gartner-magic-quadrant.html.

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About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010, by Gartner, Inc., and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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[1]Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software, Valdis Filks, Robert E. Passmore, September 21, 2010.