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U.S. Army European Command Selects NetApp(R) Storage Architecture for Primary and Disaster Recovery Sites; NetApp Wins USEUCOM J6 Contract after Competitive Evaluation; Teams with Symantec to Provide Vital Data Management Capabilities.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), the leader in advanced networked storage, today announced that U.S. Army European Command (USEUCOM) J6 has chosen to deploy NetApp storage systems inside its primary data center and at a newly established remote site for disaster recovery. After a competitive evaluation against rival vendors, including EMC, USEUCOM J6 selected the NetApp tiered storage approach to protect and manage its vital data. USEUCOM J6 also selected to deploy a joint NetApp and Symantec(R) solution to manage its heterogeneous storage environment.

The NetApp tiered storage architecture, which includes the NetApp FAS and NearStore(R) systems, can yield significant cost savings for the USEUCOM J6 by providing affordable and simple-to-deploy-and-manage solutions for data protection and storage consolidation without sacrificing high reliability or high performance. The NetApp SnapRestore(R) and SnapMirror(R) tools, combined with Symantec data center management and enterprise messaging management solutions, will help USEUCOM J6 secure its mission-critical data and improve continuity of operations (COOP) during its day-to-day operations and in the event of a disaster. The NetApp and Symantec solutions can also provide USEUCOM J6 greater architecture flexibility for future growth while minimizing administration needs in the field and reducing data center complexity.

"Managing our enterprise-wide data for disaster recovery and COOP requires vast amounts of inexpensive, fast-restore storage," said Lieutenant Colonel Mark Benedict, technology operations officer at USEUCOM J6. "In order to find the best overall solution for our mission-critical storage needs, we conducted an extensive competitive evaluation before determining that NetApp was the most strategic fit for our storage environment. The NetApp unified storage and data protection solutions are affordable, easy to deploy, and proven to protect data while substantially reducing COOP costs."

"Today, a cost-efficient, secure, and reliable storage architecture is critical for federal agencies like USEUCOM J6, for which lost or inaccessible data is simply not an option," said Mark Weber, general manager and president of Network Appliance Federal Systems. "NetApp understands these concerns, which is why our systems are designed as a simple-to-deploy, cost-effective means for protecting mission-critical data and maintaining COOP. We're enthusiastic about teaming with Symantec on the USEUCOM J6 contract and we're equally excited our joint offering has been selected to deliver the vital data management capabilities USEUCOM J6 needs to successfully operate."

"Having accurate information and the ability to share it quickly, reliably, and securely can be a crucial tactical advantage for USEUCOM," said David Saunders, vice president, public sector, Symantec. "Together, Symantec and Network Appliance will provide USEUCOM with comprehensive data center availability and a messaging management solution to help strengthen continuity of operations by improving information availability, decreasing disaster recovery time, and greatly expanding the team's enterprise information search capability."

About USEUCOM

U.S. European Command is a unified combatant command, a command structure distinct from the military services--Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Commanders of the Unified Combatant Commands exercise command authority over the military forces provided by the services and assigned to them by the Secretary of Defense. There are nine unified combatant commands. Five have regional responsibilities, and four have functional responsibilities. EUCOM is considered a regional combatant command, with responsibility for all of Europe, most of Africa, and parts of the Middle East. European Command plans for regional contingencies, and when ordered, employs military forces within the region, either as a Standing Joint Force Headquarters or through specialized Joint Task Forces.

About Symantec

Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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 simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance(TM) solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.

NetApp, the Network Appliance logo, NearStore, SnapMirror, and SnapRestore are registered trademarks and Network Appliance is a trademark of Network Appliance, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Symantec and the Symantec logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.
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