NetApp® NearStore® Virtual Tape Library Rings True for Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions

Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 9, 2007 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of storage and data management solutions, today announced that Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions (CBTS) has deployed a NetApp NearStore Virtual Tape Library (VTL) to increase the performance and reliability of backups and to simplify backup management. The NearStore VTL is part of a broad portfolio of disk-to-disk (D2D) backup and recovery solutions that deliver unmatched simplicity and value, for both data center and remote office environments.

Thousands of businesses pay CBTS Managed Backup Services to protect and store their data. By outsourcing these services to professionals, CBTS customers can concentrate on their business instead of on their infrastructure. In turn, CBTS requires reliable backup and recovery solutions that can keep pace with customer growth that generates an average of 100 terabytes of new data each month.

"We recently switched to the NetApp NearStore VTL," said Tom Simpson, director of Strategy and Development at CBTS. "We're now able to compress data at high performance, 50% to 100% faster, and this translates directly into cost savings because we can meet our service levels while using fewer disks. The NearStore VTL also helps us run our Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software more efficiently by speeding up the process for reclaiming free space for new backups."

In addition to a performance boost, Simpson and team gained the ability to quickly increase their storage capacity for backup data. Employees can add a disk to the NetApp NearStore VTL700 in less than a day, rather than waiting up to two weeks for a professional services team to do it.

"In our experience, NetApp is easy to work with, both as a technology and as a company," continued Simpson. "NetApp is emerging as our primary storage vendor, and we are excited about standardizing our organization on NetApp solutions."

CBTS worked closely with NetApp Global Services to design and implement the new approach. Along with the NetApp NearStore VTL700, CBTS deployed a NetApp FAS270 to support new NAS and iSCSI SAN storage requirements, and the company plans to add ReplicatorX™ software to replicate and recover data between heterogeneous storage systems around the region.

"NetApp VTL solutions provide customers with the storage industry's most powerful combination of performance, scalability, and cost savings to meet the challenges of backup and recovery in the age of massive data growth," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at Network Appliance. "CBTS is a great example of how our customers and, in turn, their customers, benefit from the speed, efficiency, and reliability of the solutions NetApp provides over the competition."

The NetApp NearStore Virtual Tape Library is a disk-to-disk backup appliance that appears like a tape library to a backup software application but provides the superior speed and reliability of disk technologies. Developed specifically to address the requirements of backup administrators, NearStore VTL solutions increase the performance and reliability of backups, simplify backup management, and reduce D2D storage costs by up to 67% through the use of high-performance disk compression.

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