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Network Appliance Announces Data ONTAP GX Customer Evaluations, Demonstrates Software at Analyst Day

  • 15 March, 2006 15:44

<p>Combines NetApp® Data ONTAPT and SpinOST Into High-Performance Computing Powerhouse</p>
<p>AUSTRALIA, Sydney - 15 March 2006. Network Appliance, Inc. today announced that it has installed its new high-performance operating system, Data ONTAP GX, at several customer sites. Data ONTAP GX, which will be announced for general availability at a future date, leverages distributed systems technology acquired through the purchase of Spinnaker Networks. Data ONTAP GX customer installations include companies in high performance technical computing markets (HPTC) such as energy, ECAD, and entertainment.</p>
<p>NetApp also demonstrated today its new software system at its annual Analyst Day, held in San Francisco. Using an eight-node NetApp FAS3050 configuration, the Data ONTAP GX technology demonstration illustrated that multiple NetApp storage systems can be managed as a single entity under a global namespace. This enables all members of an application server cluster to access data stored across all of the FAS systems by using a single access point, eliminating the traditional complexities of mapping application servers to storage systems. NetApp also demonstrated how this scale-out architecture is capable of achieving higher levels of aggregate system performance, because data volumes can span multiple storage nodes. Additionally, the demonstration showed how Data ONTAP GX provides the ability to dynamically add storage resources and transparently redistribute data without any disruption to client systems. The result is a storage system that combines the advantages of management simplicity with scalable performance for compute intensive applications.</p>
<p>About Network Appliance</p>
<p>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 simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.</p>
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<p>"Safe Harbor" Statement under U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995</p>
<p>The statement about future availability of GA software for GX is a forward looking statement within the means of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include any statement regarding future events or the future financial performance of Network Appliance, Inc. that involves risks or uncertainties. In evaluating these statements, readers should specifically consider various factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated, including without limitation: development schedules and general availability can be impacted by engineering resources, testing resources, and customer acceptance, customer demand for products and services, customer acceptance of product architectures, increased competition, and other important factors as described in Network Appliance, Inc. reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its mostly recently submitted 10-K and 10-Q.</p>
<p>Contacts:
Mark Heers
Director Marketing and Alliance
Network Appliance
(61 2) 9979 5623
mheers@netapp.com</p>
<p>Fiona Martin
Managing Director
Max Australia
(61 2) 9954 3492
fiona.martin@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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