Network Appliance Named Company of the Year by Channel Partners, According to CMP's VARBusiness Magazine

Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 21, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced network storage solutions, has been recognized by channel partners and readers of CMP Technology's VARBusiness for outstanding partner satisfaction levels for the NetApp VIP Program as evidenced by the Annual Report Card (ARC) award program. NetApp received accolades for product innovation, support, partnership, and loyalty in the network storage category from the biweekly magazine at an awards ceremony held on August 15 at the XChange '06 Conference in St. Louis, MO.

Now in its 21st year, the VARBusiness ARC Awards recognize outstanding partner programs in 19 product and service categories, including desktop computers, servers, storage management, Internet application server software, and networking hardware. Winners were selected based on the survey results of more than 5,000 systems integrators, IT consulting organizations, value-added resellers (VARs), solution providers, and software developers.

"The VARBusiness Annual Report Card is the industry-defining research on vendor and partner relationships," says Lawrence M. Walsh, the magazine's editor. "It is a significant benchmark because the winners are selected by their own solution provider partners."

"At NetApp we have always focused on building long-term partner relationships based on trust and integrity," said Leonard Iventosch, vice president, Americas Channel Sales, Network Appliance. "This recognition validates the VIP Program and the resellers who have chosen NetApp as their strategic partner. VARBusiness is a premier technology publication and is recognized for its editorial quality and keen industry analysis, and this award means a lot to NetApp and our partner community."

Research was conducted by Bernett Research Services, a Boston-based data collection company, and Answers Research, the Solana Beach, Calif.-based market research and consulting firm.

To learn more about the NetApp VIP Program visit: www.netapp.com/us/solutions/solution-partners/.

About VARBusiness Magazine
For the past 19 years, VARBusiness's strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events, and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships, and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events, and services is available at its Web site, www.varbusiness.com.

About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts that simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.

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