NetApp Extends Enterprise Data Center Leadership

Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 16, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced it will add heterogeneous SAN management capabilities to its Manageability Software family by reselling a co-branded version of Symantec CommandCentral Storage software in Fall 2006.

Today's announcement closely follows on the heels of the company's introduction on May 8 of a new line of products and services designed to enhance customers' data management capabilities in the enterprise data center. The addition of these heterogeneous SAN data management capabilities further strengthens the value and 'completeness' NetApp offers for data center management, helping enterprise customers gain better visibility into their multi-vendor storage environment, and providing customers with the ability to maximize their investment in existing storage systems.

This agreement marks an important extension of the relationship between NetApp and Symantec, and reinforces the companies' intent to jointly address the manageability challenges in mixed-vendor, enterprise SAN implementations. NetApp will leverage Symantec's leadership position in the storage resource management market and its own proven enterprise SAN track record in the enterprise to further strengthen customer confidence in NetApp enterprise SAN competency and capabilities.

"Our large scale enterprise SAN customers view NetApp as a strategic vendor and want us to extend our breadth of solutions to better help them manage the complexity of their heterogeneous environments," said Tom Georgens, executive vice president and general manager of Enterprise Storage Systems at Network Appliance. "Adding heterogeneous SAN management capabilities to our NetApp Manageability Software family is a significant move, allowing us to enhance the value we already provide to data center customers in multi-vendor environments. Last week NetApp challenged the industry with our intent to attain storage leadership in enterprise data center environments-this announcement represents another milestone toward that goal."

CommandCentral Storage software and NetApp unified storage systems have a history of tight integration and certification for the benefit of customers. With today's announcement, customers can expect even deeper interoperability, including the ability to leverage the powerful NetApp flexible volume (FlexVol™) capability that is available with Data ONTAP® 7G software.

"NetApp plus Symantec is an unbeatable combination of world class storage and storage management," said Rob Soderbery, vice president product management and alliances at Symantec. "CommandCentral Storage provides NetApp customers the ability to exploit NetApp's architectural advantages while getting control over their entire multi-vendor storage environment."

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