Northern Joins the Network Appliance™ Partner Program

Tampa, FL - May 14, 2007 -- Northern, global providers of flexible, easy-to-administer, Windows®-based storage resource management software solutions, today announced membership in the NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) Partner Program as an Advantage Partner. As an Advantage Partner, Northern is leveraging its access to the Manage ONTAP® Developers Portal and Partner Support to develop a compelling, integrated solution for their Northern Storage Suite, providing NetApp customers with a complete storage resource management (SRM) solution.

Northern Storage Suite is a complete SRM package that provides a unique solution to a widely shared problem: managing storage resources efficiently, reliably, and cost-effectively. Northern Storage Suite for NetApp offers quota management, reporting and trend analysis, self-management, internal billing, and automation.

Thomas Vernersson, Northern president, said, "Today's announcement underscores Northern's commitment to providing adaptable storage solutions to customers worldwide, many of whom are using NetApp devices for reliable, easy-to-manage, and cost-effective storage. Northern Storage Suite for NetApp combines the sophistication and ease of use that users require as more organizations implement networked storage technology to support their storage needs across even the most demanding enterprise environments."

"One of the goals of the NetApp Partner Program is to work with companies such as Northern that have a shared vision of addressing the storage and data infrastructure needs of today's complex enterprise environments," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at Network Appliance, Inc. "NetApp is focused on bringing customers unmatched simplicity. Northern's membership in the NetApp Partner Program means that our customers will benefit from the management simplicity and ease of use of Northern's SRM solution."

About the NetApp Partner Program
The NetApp Partner Program provides qualified infrastructure and application providers with access to NetApp solutions, software development kits, technical support, training, certification, product information, and marketing and sales assistance. Customers benefit by having access to best-of-breed partner solutions that are tested to work with NetApp storage. Additional information on the NetApp Partner Program is available at

About Northern
Northern is an international software company specializing in the development of reliable, flexible and easy to use solutions for storage management. The company serves a global market through its two bases of operations, Tampa [FL] and Stockholm [Sweden]. Over 25,000 organizations in 52 different countries are using Northern software solutions.

Northern Storage Suite, as well as the company's full complement of network administration utilities, is available through resellers worldwide (spanning 86 countries), authorized distributors and from Northern directly. Customers in North America should contact Northern [U.S. Operations] at 1.800.881.4950 or Customers in other parts of the world should visit Northern's Reseller page on to find their local Northern software supplier, or contact Northern [European Operations] at +46 8 457 50 00.

About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts to simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at

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Ph: 800.881.4950