Five Individuals Inducted into the 10th Annual CRN Industry Hall of Fame; Ceremony Honors Technology Leaders Who Have Transformed the Technology Industry

Sunnyvale, Calif. - November 15, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that Dave Hitz, EVP and cofounder of Network Appliance, was inducted into the CRN Industry Hall of Fame for developing a disruptive technology that altered the landscape of the storage industry. The network-attached storage (NAS) technology Hitz helped pioneer fueled the worldwide storage market and changed the strategy for some of the biggest companies in technology, including HP, IBM, and EMC.

The CRN Industry Hall of Fame, sponsored by CMP Channel Group's CRN, honors innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the most dynamic technology industries in the world. The 10th annual awards ceremony honored five individuals who have transformed the technology industry and recognized them for shaping the course of technology with a lasting impact on society.

"I am extremely honored to be selected by CRN as a member of the prestigious Hall of Fame," said Hitz. "Creating technology isn't just about delivering world-class products and solutions-it also includes creating an industry environment that fosters creativity, productivity, innovation, team building, and leadership. At NetApp we have always focused on building long-term customer and partner relationships based on trust and credibility and this award also goes to the employees and channel partners of NetApp for their dedication to building and sustaining a company proud of its technology innovations and industry achievements."

CRN Industry Hall of Fame inductees are hand-selected by the CRN editorial staff. CRN identifies pioneers and innovators for outstanding merit and accomplishment through a stringent criteria analysis and singles out those who have been pivotal figures.

Established in 1997, the CRN Industry Hall of Fame recognizes and honors individuals who have transformed the technology industry with new ideas, revolutionary concepts and ingenious technology. CRN Industry Hall of Fame alumni include legendary leaders such as William Hewlett, Andy Grove, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Charles Geschke and Michael Dell; industry renowned engineers and developers such as Philip Zimmermann, Steve Wozniak, Bill Joy, Ray Ozzie and Drew Major; and outspoken visionaries such as Steve Ballmer, Larry Ellison, Chip Lacy and Philippe Kahn.

For additional information on CRN and to read more about the CRN Industry Hall of Fame, visit A special report on the Industry Hall of Fame will be published in the December 11, 2006, issue.

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