NetApp and Cisco Expand Data Center Capabilities

Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 5, 2007 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) today announced worldwide availability of the Cisco® MDS 9124 Multilayer Fabric Switch for NetApp storage area network (SAN) solutions. The Cisco MDS 9124, coupled with NetApp FAS200 and FAS3000 series systems, delivers small and midsized enterprise customers cost-effective, advanced enterprise-level functionality to meet their data management demands.

The Cisco MDS 9124, paired with the rich heritage of NetApp SAN solutions, provides end users with leading ease-of-use, high data availability, flexibility and mission-critical security, in a "pay as you grow" port pricing model. The Cisco MDS 9124 also has an easy point-and-click wizard to simplify SAN setup and management. The Cisco MDS 9124, a 24-port Fibre Channel SAN switch, compatible with the entire family of Cisco MDS 9000 switches and NetApp storage systems is easy to deploy, requiring minimal configuration and no special training, giving customers the investment protection needed to seamlessly expand data center operations in tandem with healthy business growth.

"NetApp and Cisco are proven in the data center," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at Network Appliance. "The Cisco MDS 9124 will extend our commitment of offering joint NetApp SAN solutions for customers looking to maximize data availability with an unmatched balance of high-performance functionality, low total cost of ownership and intelligent management operations."

"Cisco and NetApp share a common vision to provide data center solutions that support customer requirements for simplicity, scalability, flexibility, and ease of use," said Ed Chapman, vice president of product management, Data Center and Switching Business Unit at Cisco. "The Cisco MDS 9124 combined with NetApp storage solutions offers small to midsized enterprise customers with modular growth, security and enterprise availability at a compelling price advantage."

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