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

NetApp’s Technology Portfolio and Strategy to Address New Market Opportunities Fuel Strong Record of Success with Customers and Partners

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-December 14, 2011-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. NetApp's ability to execute and completeness of vision are crucial in enabling customers to gain the efficiency and flexibility to achieve successful business outcomes, and offer partners the best technologies, solutions and programs to grow their business.

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 and high-end modular 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. These vendors 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."

"IT leaders around the world are undertaking major initiatives to enable their organizations to accelerate growth, respond to unpredictable changes, and improve competitive advantage," said Chris Cummings, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "NetApp is the only vendor that today delivers optimized solutions for the widest range of applications, including traditional business applications, virtualization, and technical computing all from a single architecture. Customers today are accelerating and simplifying their transition to private, public, and hybrid cloud models that are built on NetApp's advanced storage and data management technologies. We believe our strong position in the Gartner Leaders quadrant is powerful recognition of the flexibility, efficiency, and scalability that our rich portfolio of solutions delivers to enable customers to achieve exceptional business outcomes."

Organizations turn to NetApp to manage the data on which they rely to run their business and maximize their storage investments. With NetApp, customers benefit from a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure which provides the storage foundation for cloud and can dynamically scale up or back down to meet changing demand. The NetApp® Unified Storage Architecture allows customers to support many applications, diverse workloads, and changing requirements through a single platform and set of processes to reduce complexity and drive down costs. NetApp is focused on leveraging diverse pathways for growth to help customers accelerate business, lower costs, improve return on investment, and free up resources to reinvest in innovation. For more information regarding NetApp storage systems, visit www.netapp.com/us/products/storage-systems.

To view the Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays, visit www.netapp.com/us/library/analyst-reports/ar-gartner-magic-quadrant-midrange.html.

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[1] "Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays" by Roger W. Cox, Pushan Rinnen, Stanley Zaffos, and Jimmie Chang, November 17, 2011.