NetApp Representative Appointed to SNIA Data Management Forum Board of Directors

Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 2, 2007 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of storage and data management solutions, is proud to announce that David Dale, who serves as NetApp industry evangelist, was recently appointed to the SNIA Data Management Forum Board of Directors. Along with the other technology leaders, Dale will oversee the forum's vision, mission, and charter.

The SNIA Data Management Forum is a cooperative initiative of IT professionals, vendors, integrators, and service providers who are working to address customer information management issues related to data protection, compliance, cost, and complexity.

In addition to his position on the SNIA Data Management Forum board of directors, Dale is director of Industry Standards at NetApp. He is responsible for identifying the industry standards activities that are important to NetApp and its customers, determining the appropriate participation level for NetApp, and representing NetApp in industry associations and at industry events. With over 20 years of experience in the computer industry, he has been extensively involved in industry and standards activities, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), where he is chair of the Strategic Alliances Committee and chair of the IP Storage Forum.

Dale joins a number of other NetApp experts in leadership roles in the data backup and retention field, including Jason Iehl, NetApp consulting systems engineer and chair of the Data Protection Initiative; Larry Freeman, senior product marketing manager at NetApp and co-chair of the Data Deduplication and Space Reduction Special Interest Group; and Gary Zasman, NetApp director of Assessment, Optimization, Compliance & Security Practice and co-chair of the 100 Year Archive Task Force.

For more information about NetApp industry standards efforts to help rapid application deployment, smooth integration into customers' existing infrastructures, and improve interoperability with other vendors' solutions by utilizing and supporting open standards, visit

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