NetApp Breaks Ground on New Engineering Lab Facility in Research Triangle Park

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina - September 18, 2007 -- On Monday, September 24, 2007, Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) will break ground on an engineering lab facility located at the NetApp technology center in Research Triangle Park (RTP). NetApp will utilize the new facility to expand its engineering and development efforts in the region, which include furthering research initiatives to create more energy-conscious data centers

The building's infrastructure design reflects the innovative approach and commitment NetApp is taking to reduce data center power consumption. The estimated $61 million, 124,000-square-foot engineering lab facility will be home to 2,160 racks of data-processing equipment and is expected to meet the EPA's 2011 performance criteria for energy efficiency inside state-of-the-art data centers.

Upon completion of the new facility in August 2008, the environmental benefit over the company's prior design approach, which exceeds current EPA standards for state-of-the-art data center design, will be equivalent to taking 7,000 cars off the road.

A ceremonial groundbreaking event will be attended by U.S. Rep. David Price (D-NC); Wake County officials; representatives from Duke Energy, North Carolina Commerce Finance Center, O'Brien/Atkins Associates, and Choate Construction; and key NetApp executives.


G roundbreaking event: NetApp RTP Engineering Lab Facility


Network Appliance, Inc.
7301 Kit Creek Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Building 4 construction site, southeast corner of NetApp parking lot


Monday, September 24, 2007
10:00 a.m.-noon Eastern Time

NetApp has been in the RTP region since 1999 and in 2004 bought three buildings in RTP from Cisco Systems, Inc., located at 7301 Kit Creek Road. In 2005, NetApp expanded operations with the opening of the NetApp RTP technology center. The space is roughly 520,000 square feet and capable of accommodating more than 2,000 employees. The company currently employs 705 employees in the region and operates a 24x7 global service and support center in addition to a state-of-the-art data center with a capacity of multiple petabytes.

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