Leading Analyst Firm Positions NetApp As A Visionary Within Enterprise Disk-Based Backup/Recovery Magic Quadrant

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-February 2, 2011-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionaries quadrant for Enterprise Disk-Based Backup/Recovery. The new report positions providers based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute ( "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Disk-Based Backup/Recovery").[1]

"As customers look for new approaches to adapt to the growth and pace of business, they are investing in the NetApp integrated data protection platform for its application integration, ease-of-use and ability to manage terabytes to petabytes of data," said Chris Cummings, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "We believe our position in the Gartner Visionaries quadrant is strong recognition of our longstanding history of innovation in backup and recovery solutions, and demonstrates the efficiency, performance, and cost savings we provide for our customers."

Backup and recovery technology is a key element of integrated data protection-one of the NetApp eight key purchasing criteria for enabling a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure. Customers are increasingly choosing NetApp backup and recovery solutions to safeguard critical data, drive greater operational efficiencies, and decrease overall costs. These solutions are widely recognized in the industry for unique innovations such as efficient snapshot techniques that allow customers to perform faster backups, improve performance, reduce costs, and minimize overall storage capacity requirements. Customers can reduce disk capacity requirements by as much as 90% using disk-to-disk backups, which transfer only new or changed blocks to shrink backup windows and minimize network traffic. Integrated data protection technologies and extended partner offerings from NetApp also enable customers to take advantage of the NetApp unified storage and data management capabilities in non-NetApp environments, allowing customers to gain greater efficiencies and maximize the value of existing investments. For more information regarding the NetApp portfolio of integrated data protection solutions, visit www.netapp.com/us/solutions/infrastructure/data-protection.

To view the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Disk-Based Backup/Recovery, visit www.netapp.com/us/library/analyst-reports/ar-gartner-MQ-backup.html.

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About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2011 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 Enterprise Disk-Based Backup/Recovery" by Dave Russell, Sheila Childs, and Alan Dayley, January 2011.