Optica Technologies Joins Decru OpenKey Program to Deliver Integrated Lifetime Key Management for Optica Eclipz ESCON Tape Encryptor

Redwood City, Calif. and Boulder, Colo. - December 3, 2007 -- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and Optica Technologies today announced the integration of the Decru® Lifetime Key Management™ KM500 appliance with the Optica™ Eclipz™ encryption appliance. By joining the Decru OpenKey™ program, Optica is working with NetApp to deliver integrated, automated, and secure key management across mainframe and open systems environments.

The integrated solution brings together proven security technologies that will provide customers a unified key management system across mainframe tape encryption and open systems infrastructures. The KM500 appliance enables customers to leverage, simplify, and protect their security investments across heterogeneous enterprise environments, including legacy and new storage systems.

The Decru OpenKey partner program is designed to deliver heterogeneous key management across a broad spectrum of encrypting devices and software, and is a critical enabler for end-to-end security solutions. The OpenKey API architecture follows emerging industry standards such as P1619.3. By collaborating with OpenKey partners on standards definition, NetApp is maximizing architectural robustness and the future value of customer investments.

In early 2007, Optica was the first mainframe solutions company to introduce high-performance hardware-based encryption for thousands of deployed ESCON® tape libraries. Eclipz is the only solution that saves operators from having to make the tough choice between replacing existing tape libraries with the newer FICON tape systems with embedded encryption or, conversely, increasing their investment in host CPU resources to support lower-performing software encryption.

"We are pleased to be a member of the Decru OpenKey program," said Greg Collins, Optica chairman and CEO. "When our customers address their compliance obligations, they are looking for both open systems- and mainframe-based tape encryption solutions. In addition, it is critical that we can help them with a unified key management framework. NetApp is clearly an industry leader in both enterprise key management and open systems encryption. When you combine that with Eclipz, we have a winning combination."

"The combination of Optica's leadership in mainframe security and Decru key management expertise will provide our customers with an enterprise-wide, unified key management system to address new compliance and regulatory requirements," said Tim Russell, vice president and general manager of the Storage Security business unit at NetApp. "Our customers can have confidence in deploying an end-to-end security solution based on standards and proven technologies that protect their business."

About NetApp
NetApp is a leading provider of innovative data management solutions that simplify the complexity of storing, managing, protecting, and retaining enterprise data. Market leaders around the world choose NetApp to help them reduce cost, minimize risk, and adapt to change. For solutions that deliver unmatched simplicity and value, visit us on the Web at www.netapp.com.

About Optica Technologies
Optica Technologies, a privately-held corporation, is headquartered in Louisville, CO with sales and marketing offices located in OH, NY, TX and Canada. Founded as Digital Controls Corporation, Optica has been developing, producing and marketing high-quality computer connectivity products since 1967. Optica is a recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing infrastructure and security solutions for enterprise computing environments. In addition, the company offers a full-range of fiber optic management products and structured cabling services for open systems and mainframe data centers. Optica's products are installed in the majority of enterprise data centers worldwide. For more information, visit us at www.opticatech.com.

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