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Network Appliance and VERITAS Software Join Forces, Expand Partnership

  • 13 August, 2003 10:00

<p>Joint heterogeneous solutions offer customers advanced data protection, high availability and storage resource management to ensure business continuity</p>
<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sydney - August 13th 2003</p>
<p>Network Appliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, and VERITAS Software Corporation (Nasdaq: VRTS), the leading storage software provider, have announced they have signed an agreement to expand their existing strategic partnership. After a number of years of successfully integrating their joint solutions for advanced data protection, high availability and storage resource management, Network Appliance and VERITAS Software have expanded their partnership to cooperatively develop and deliver integrated solutions to customers -- through joint sales and marketing, increased product integration and qualification, and cooperative technical support.</p>
<p>"IT complexity is a real challenge for users today," said Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group. "Tighter collaboration among strategic vendors, rather than vertical integration, is really what IT professionals want in order to increase the return on their IT investment. This deal shows how two market leaders can accomplish something that is not only good for each of them, but for their combined customers as well."</p>
<p>"NetApp and VERITAS have worked together for a number of years to integrate our best-in-class product offerings that support all major Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms," said Gary Bloom, Chairman, President and CEO of VERITAS Software. "To ensure that we effectively bring our joint solutions to market, we are expanding our strategic partnership with NetApp to align our sales forces, marketing activities and channel partners."</p>
<p>"We are enthusiastic about our expanded alliance with VERITAS and are confident that NetApp and VERITAS together offer the best data protection, storage management and support solutions available," said Dan Warmenhoven, Chief Executive Officer of Network Appliance. "By combining our offerings into robust solutions, together we help our customers gain greater performance and value from their storage infrastructures."</p>
<p>Current Network Appliance and VERITAS Integrated Solutions:</p>
<p>Advanced Data Protection Solutions
* Network Appliance(tm) Unified Storage Backup and Restore via VERITAS NetBackup( for NDMP for reliable, easy-to-use NDMP backup and restore.
* Disk-based Backup via VERITAS NetBackup software to NetApp(r) NearStore(tm) Systems for more efficient disk-based data protection that reduces backup windows, delivers faster data recovery and lowers backup and restore costs vs. the expense of managing tape resources.
* Data Migration with VERITAS NetBackup Storage Migrator to NetApp Storage Systems(tm)
for higher performance and efficient hardware consolidation.</p>
<p>High Availability Solutions
* Replication with VERITAS Volume Replicator to NetApp Storage Solutions for replication from multi-vendor server and storage environments to a remote location. Purpose - to guard against threat of data loss and prolonged downtime.
* Oracle Database performance optimisation with VERITAS Cluster Server using NetApp Storage Systems for elimination of unplanned downtime, error detection and flawless fail over to additional resources.</p>
<p>Storage Resource Management
* VERITAS StorageCentral(tm) software management of NetApp Storage Systems for consolidated management of SAN and NAS environments, to intelligently control storage growth and plan future storage requirements.</p>
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<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(tm)." Information about Network Appliance solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.</p>
<p>About VERITAS Software
With revenues of $1.5 billion in 2002, VERITAS Software ranks among the top 10 software companies in the world. VERITAS Software is the world's leading storage software company, providing data protection, storage management, high availability and application performance management software to 86 per cent of the Fortune 500. VERITAS Software's corporate headquarters is located at 350 Ellis Street, Mountain View, CA, 94043, telephone: 650-527-8000, fax: 650-527-8050, e-mail: vx-sales@veritas.com, Web site: www.veritas.com.</p>
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<p>This press release may include estimates and forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the risk that we will not gain market acceptance of our products and services, the risk that we will not be able to maintain the quality of our end-user customer and partnering relationships, and the risk that we will not manage our business effectively, that could cause the actual results we achieve to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. For more information regarding potential risks, see the proxy statement/prospectus, the "Factors That May Affect Future Results" section of each partner's most recent annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q on file with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.</p>
<p>Copyright (c) 2003 by VERITAS Software Corporation and Network Appliance, Inc. All rights reserved. VERITAS, the VERITAS Logo, NetBackup, StorageCentral, and all other VERITAS product names and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of VERITAS Software Corporation. VERITAS, the VERITAS Logo, NetBackup, and StorageCentral Reg. U.S. Pat. &amp; Tm. Off. Network Appliance is a registered trademark and Network Appliance and The evolution of storage are trademarks of Network Appliance Inc., in the United States and other countries. Other product names and/or slogans mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.</p>
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<p>For further information please contact:
Michael Burnie
Network Appliance, Inc.
Tels: +61 (0) 2 9779 5600 &amp; +61 (0) 419 292 112</p>
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Emai: derek.evans@gne.com.au</p>
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