Network Appliance Receives Distribution Industry's Rising Star Award

Sunnyvale, Calif. - September 21, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced network storage solutions, today announced that it is a recipient of the Global Technology Distribution Council's inaugural Rising Star Award for outstanding sales growth through IT distributors. The GTDC presented the award to NetApp at its annual summit event, held this year at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel September 19─20, 2006 and attended by the world's leading IT vendors and distributors.

The GTDC, whose member distributors represent more than $80 billion in annual sales, created the Rising Star Awards because of the success companies such as Network Appliance are having in partnership with IT distributors. Sales results for Rising Star Award winners are based on actual revenue growth over the past year as reported by consumer and retail information company The NPD Group in its Distributor Track® service.

"We decided to create the Rising Star Awards because of the impressive success companies like NetApp are having with IT distributors," said Tim Curran, CEO of the GTDC. "The value proposition of distributors has never been more pronounced, especially considering the renewed industry emphasis on channel services, supply chain efficiency, and cost management. The performance of NetApp not only attests to the quality of NetApp storage systems, but also exemplifies the pivotal role of distributors for company success."

"At NetApp we have focused on building a partner program based on trust and integrity, and our distribution partners play a key role in driving our success," said Leonard Iventosch, vice president, Americas Channel Sales, Network Appliance. "This recognition validates our VIP Program and the channel partners who have chosen NetApp as their strategic partner. The GTDC is a premier organization recognized for its leadership role in the industry, and this award means a great deal to NetApp and our partner community."

About the Global Technology Distribution Council
The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) is a worldwide industry association dedicated to defining and promoting the role of wholesale distribution in a successful and healthy information technology channel. The Council is comprised of the computer industry's top wholesale distributors dedicated to serving "the channel," a network of skilled value-added resellers and retail stores focused on providing hardware, software, and services to businesses and consumers around the globe.

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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