Network Appliance Named a Best Place to Work in Research Triangle Park

Sunnyvale, Calif. - September 26, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) has again been honored by Triangle Business Journal as a "Best Place to Work" in Research Triangle Park (RTP) for 2006. NetApp earned first place honors in the large company category, which included companies with 150 employees or more. NetApp employees based in RTP who responded to a survey from the publication gave the company high marks for its team-oriented work environment, exceptional people practices, strong executive leadership, and effective manager relationships.

NetApp has been in the RTP area since 1999. In 2004, NetApp expanded in RTP with the purchase of three buildings, located at 7301 Kit Creek Road that operate as a 24x7 global service and support center, in addition to a state-of-the-art data center with a capacity of multiple petabytes. At 520,000 square feet, the space is capable of accommodating more than 2,000 employees. Since 2004, NetApp has more than tripled its work force, growing from 154 employees to roughly 600 today.

"It's a tremendous accomplishment to be recognized year after year as a 'Best Place to Work' in RTP, and we're especially thrilled to earn top honors in the large company category this year," said Ken Hibbard, vice president, Core Systems Engineering at Network Appliance. "Our focus, in the RTP region and worldwide, has always been on fostering and maintaining a unique and stimulating work environment that encourages creativity, innovation, collaboration, and risk taking for our employees. Our customers benefit from the strength and productivity of our employees, and we are committed to driving our future success by helping NetApp employees stay motivated and focused."

Triangle Business Journal has named NetApp one of the "Best Places to Work" every year since 2004. Results are based on employee surveys, benefits and compensation, and work-life balance offerings. The San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal has cited NetApp as a "Best Place to Work" in the Bay Area in each of those years as well. Additionally, NetApp has made FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list every year since 2002, based on a variety of employee benefits and perks, and IDG's Computerworld listed NetApp as one of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT" in 2003 and 2005.

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