NetApp Extends its SAN Switch Portfolio

San Francisco, Calif. - November 15, 2007 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of data and storage management, today broadened its Fibre Channel SAN switch portfolio with two new Cisco switches: the MDS 9134 Multiservice Modular Switch and MDS 9222i Multilayer Fabric Switch, and a new multiprotocol module, the 18/4 Multiservice Module. These latest additions are part of the NetApp plan to provide data center customers with the very latest switch technologies to overcome their challenges for managing and protecting high-performance databases and business applications. The new Cisco MDS switches, coupled with NetApp® unified storage solutions, including the FAS3000 mid-range platforms and the recently announced FAS2000 entry-level platforms, help customers meet a wide range of requirements for storage networking.

NetApp, the fastest growing unified storage vendor according to Gartner1 (see, offers storage solutions that provide customers with the ability to reliably connect critical resources in data centers and across enterprises. From interoperable multiprotocol SAN routing to SAN extension over IP, NetApp helps diverse IT infrastructures remain connected and productive.

"Cisco and NetApp have a strong relationship and share a common vision to provide solutions that support customer requirements for modularity and multiprotocol support," said Ed Chapman, vice president, product management, Data Center Business Unit at Cisco. "These new switches, combined with NetApp unified storage, provide our joint customers with a balance of high-performance functionality, low total cost of ownership, and intelligent management."

"Cisco's modular, multiservice switches are a natural fit for the modular, multiprotocol design of NetApp unified storage systems," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "NetApp continues to bring value to the world's largest data centers and Fibre Channel SAN (FC SAN) customers by providing simplified data management and a flexible solution that supports any network architecture."

Pricing and Availability
The switch solutions are available today worldwide. Pricing is available from NetApp sales or reseller partners. For more technical information on NetApp support of Cisco MDS switches visit or

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1 Gartner, Inc., "Market Share: NAS/Unified Storage, Worldwide, 2006," Pushan Rinnen, May 2007.

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