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<p>New NetApp FAS980 and FAS980c take scalability and performance to new heights; built on proven, enterprise class FAS900 architecture.</p>
<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE.
Sydney – December 2nd 2003.</p>
<p>Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, announced today the newest members of its FAS900 platform, the FAS980 and the clustered FAS980c. Architected with full unified storage features, including both file and block capabilities, the new systems offer greater capacity, higher scalability and dramatic performance enhancements. The NetApp® FAS980 and FAS980c extend the Network Appliance™ solutions portfolio to help customers deploy mission-critical applications on a highly scalable, high-performance platform, while meeting their demands for simple, easy to manage solutions that help them consolidate their data infrastructure, regardless of SAN or NAS distinctions.</p>
<p>The FAS980 was designed from the ground up to handle today’s sophisticated, data-intensive database and layered applications for customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) that are mission and business critical for the world’s largest enterprises. The FAS980 also offers robust, reliable storage that can be easily managed in a large data infrastructure for a variety of other applications, including email, CAD/CAM and document and file management.</p>
<p>“The newest additions to the NetApp FAS900 series, the FAS980 and FAS980c, extend its unified storage systems further into the high-end,” said Steve Kenniston, senior analyst with the Enterprise Storage Group. “With the increased performance and capacity scaling, these systems help enterprises meet the requirements for fast, reliable access to mission-critical data and high-performance application storage.”</p>
<p>“Our customers have told us that they want more powerful and larger capacity storage solutions that maintain and extend our simplicity and reliability,” said Mark Santora, senior vice president of Marketing at Network Appliance. “These new systems take our customers to the highest levels of performance and scalability for their demanding information and data management infrastructures.”</p>
<p>The NetApp FAS980 and FAS980c run the newly announced Data ONTAP™ 6.5 operating system and offer file access for NFS and CIFS using GbE and DAFS, as well as block access over Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) and iSCSI. Their highly scalable architecture supports capacities up to 64TB (clustered systems) and 32TB (single systems). The NetApp FAS980 and FAS980c deliver nearly 45 per cent greater throughput than the industry-leading NetApp FAS960 and FAS960c while improving responsiveness to applications, based on SPECsfs®97_R1.v3 benchmark results. NetApp continues to lead the industry in providing customers with enterprise storage systems that deliver the optimal performance combination of high throughput and fast response times.</p>
<p>Notes for Editors.</p>
<p>About Network Appliance.
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today’s data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product and partner firsts that continue to drive “The evolution of storage.™” Information about Network Appliance solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.</p>
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meeting of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include comments regarding the company ability to deliver market acceptable storage solutions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and actual results could vary. Factors that could impact our ability to achieve these goals include general economic and industry conditions, including expenditure trends for storage related products, our ability to deliver new product architectures and products, our ability to design products which compete effectively from a price and performance perspective and other important factors as described in Network Appliance, Inc.’s reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recently submitted 10-Ks and 10-Qs.</p>
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