NetApp Customer Industrial Light & Magic Named 2006 InfoWorld 100 Winner

Sunnyvale, Calif. - December 7, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) customer Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a Lucasfilm Ltd. company serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects, has been named a 2006 InfoWorld 100 winner for innovation in the Multimedia category. The InfoWorld 100 Awards are among the technology industry's most prestigious and honor companies like ILM that use technology in smart, innovative, and creative ways to meet business and technical objectives.

ILM is the powerhouse visual effects firm who brought magic and wizardry to life in the most recent Harry Potter film, created a compelling and memorable climatic über-disaster in The Day After Tomorrow, inspired alien dread in War of the Worlds, dazzled the world with Star Wars Episodes I through III, helped Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl begin a blockbuster franchise, and most recently worked to bring the magic of Christopher Paolini's Eragon to the big screen in a stunning 20th Century Fox major motion picture.

"ILM demonstrates how harnessing the power of NetApp can create worlds of incredible believability-especially noteworthy under the rigorous demands of the film industry, which is intensely competitive, bound by tight production and distribution timelines, and increasingly reliant on visual effects to bring in big box office results," said Elisa Steele, vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "We are proud of the contributions we made to ILM in all of their film work and are very happy that the IT team at ILM was honored with the InfoWorld 100 Award. ILM proves how NetApp storage systems can help customers simplify management of massive amounts of data even in an environment where high performance is paramount. We hope ILM's use of NetApp storage to make some of the world's most visually stunning films inspires other great companies to push their own data infrastructures to the next level."

ILM deployed a NetApp Data ONTAP® GX high-performance solution to satisfy an insatiable demand for extreme levels of performance and to handle the incredibly large graphics and image rendering demands of several blockbuster films that have dominated movie buzz for the last few years. NetApp Data ONTAP GX systems are fully integrated, multinode solutions designed to meet the needs of the most demanding applications in high-performance computing, offering extreme throughput, unsurpassed flexibility, and NetApp hallmark simplicity and reliability. Additionally, ILM relied on the global namespace capabilities found in Data ONTAP GX to cluster and migrate its entire data center and rendering infrastructure to its new headquarters in San Francisco-all while in heavy production and without a moment of downtime.

"The 2006 recipients of InfoWorld's highest honor have used technology best to improve their businesses," said Richard Gincel, InfoWorld senior editor. "Honorees like ILM prove that innovation starts with daring to embrace change."

Details on all winners of the 2006 InfoWorld 100 Awards are available online at

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About Industrial Light & Magic
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a Lucasfilm Ltd. company serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects. ILM has been awarded 14 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and received 17 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards.

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