Market Research Shows NetApp® SAN Momentum

Sunnyvale, Calif. - December 1, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it continued to gain momentum in the storage area network (SAN) market, while maintaining strong leadership in both the network-attached storage (NAS) and iSCSI markets in the third calendar quarter of 2006.

According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker Q3 2006, NetApp gained share in both capacity shipped and revenue for the Fibre Channel (FC) SAN market. NetApp continued to grow faster than the market in FC SAN in both revenue and capacity, year over year. For capacity shipped, NetApp grew at 210.2%, while the market grew at 46.3%. In terms of revenue, NetApp grew faster than the market for the 11th consecutive quarter at 62.1%, while the market grew at 14.1%. Sequentially, NetApp grew at 16.0%, while the market grew at 6.4%.

NetApp also demonstrated continued leadership in the NAS and iSCSI storage markets in the third quarter. NetApp maintained the number-one market share positions in capacity shipped for NAS (42.0%) and in iSCSI for both capacity shipped (32.6%) and revenue (21.5%).

In the network storage market (which includes SAN, NAS, and iSCSI), NetApp grew faster than the market, year over year, in both capacity shipped and revenue. For capacity shipped, NetApp grew at 106.8%, while the market grew at 62.6%. In terms of revenue, NetApp grew 18.9%, while the market grew at 17.2%.

"Every quarter, IDC's market research continues to show NetApp gaining momentum in SAN faster than the market, while continuously maintaining strong leadership positions in both NAS and iSCSI," said Elisa Steele, vice president of Worldwide Integrated Marketing at Network Appliance. "Our overall leadership and momentum in the market demonstrate the value NetApp is delivering to customers across all segments of our business."

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