Network Appliance Names a Best Place to Work in Research Triangle Park

Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 8, 2007 -- For the fourth year in a row, Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) has earned top workplace honors from the Triangle Business Journal, ranking as one of the top 15 "Best Places to Work" in Research Triangle Park (RTP) in 2007. During an awards ceremony in Cary, NC on September 27, NetApp was recognized for earning this honor in the large company category, which includes companies with 150 employees or more. NetApp employees based in RTP who responded to a survey from the publication once again gave the company high marks for its team-oriented work environment, exceptional people practices, strong executive leadership, and effective managerial relationships.

NetApp has been in the RTP area since 1999. In 2005, the company expanded operations with the opening of the NetApp® RTP technology center. The space is roughly 520,000 square feet and is capable of accommodating more than 2,000 employees. The company currently employs 705 people 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. In September 2007, NetApp began construction of a new energy-efficient engineering lab facility at its RTP campus. The new facility is scheduled for completion in August 2008 and will be utilized as a global engineering resource for NetApp engineering centers worldwide, and will include furthering research and development initiatives to create more energy conscious data centers.

"It's a significant accomplishment to again be recognized as a 'Best Place to Work' in RTP," said Ken Hibbard, vice president, Core Systems Engineering at Network Appliance. "Positive feedback from our employees year after year tells us that we are succeeding in striking a balance between encouraging the drive for excellence and creating a rewarding culture that fosters innovation. The unique work environment that NetApp has both in the RTP region and worldwide is valuable to our employees, as well as to our customers and partners, who benefit from a motivated and focused work force."

The Triangle Business Journal has named NetApp one of the "Best Places to Work" in RTP every year since 2004. Results are based on employee surveys, benefits and compensation, and work-life balance offerings. The San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal has cited NetApp as a "Best Place to Work" in the Bay Area in each of those years as well. Additionally, NetApp has made FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list every year since 2002, based on a variety of employee benefits and perks, and IDG's Computerworld listed NetApp as one of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT" in 2003 and 2005.

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