Leading Analyst Firm Positions NetApp as a Leader Within Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Array Magic Quadrant

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-November 29, 2010-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant for midrange and high-end modular disk arrays. In a recently released research note, "Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays,"[1] Gartner asserts, "Vendors in the Leaders quadrant have the highest scores for their ability to execute and completeness of vision. A midrange disk array storage vendor in the Leaders quadrant has the market share, credibility, and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. They demonstrate a clear understanding of market needs; they are innovators and thought leaders; and they have well-articulated plans that customers and prospects can use when designing their storage infrastructures and strategies. In addition, they have a presence in the five major geographical regions, consistent financial performance, and broad platform support."

"We believe our position in the Gartner Leaders quadrant is a testament to NetApp's strengths as a provider of innovative storage and data management solutions that address our customers' current and future business requirements," said Jay Kidd, senior vice president, Storage Solutions Group at NetApp. "As customers move to shared IT infrastructures, NetApp provides the storage platform our customers require, and our unified architecture delivers the flexibility and efficiency customers demand to drive business impact."

NetApp provides the storage platform of choice to help customers make the transition to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure-the foundation for cloud computing. Newly announced platform features, products, and technologies help customers move from a siloed infrastructure to a shared IT infrastructure that addresses today's rapidly evolving business requirements. With the NetApp® Unified Storage Architecture, customers can support many applications, diverse workloads, and changing requirements through a single platform and set of processes to reduce complexity and drive down costs. NetApp storage systems deliver one of the industry's most cost-effective platforms for higher performance and enterprise availability, to support today's midrange storage requirements and to adapt to future changes. NetApp's innovative storage and data management technologies such as scale up and scale out, unified architecture, secure multi-tenancy, storage efficiency, and service automation and analytics help customers capitalize on new growth opportunities and drive greater efficiencies. For more information regarding NetApp's storage systems, visit www.netapp.com/us/products/storage-systems.

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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] "Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays" by Roger Cox, Stan Zaffos, Pushan Rinnen, and Jimmie Chang, November 2010.