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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney – August 4, 2004
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), the leader in advanced networked storage solutions for today’s data-intensive enterprise, has announced support across the NetApp® unified storage solution portfolio for Novell Inc.’s (NASDAQ: NOVL) SUSE LINUX® Enterprise Server 9 . The advanced iSCSI features and other enhancements to SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 directly impact the ability of both Novell and Network Appliance to offer customers an IP-based storage solution that is ideal for grid architectures in industries including financial services, energy exploration, genomics research and computer animation.
Combined, NetApp solutions and SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 provide a highly scalable storage environment that simplifies management, lowers total cost of ownership (TCO), enables the deployment of large-scale compute farms and delivers heightened storage flexibility for high-performance computing applications.
“NetApp storage solutions combined with Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 offer customers a secure environment for optimum performance while reducing costs,” said Holger Dyroff, Vice President Product Management and Marketing, SUSE LINUX for Novell. “NetApp storage continues to be a natural fit in SUSE LINUX environments, especially with the increased enterprise adoption of grid architectures.”
“Our growing relationship with Novell offers customers greater flexibility and choice for advanced storage solutions,” said Patrick Rogers, Vice President of Marketing at Network Appliance. “Support for SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 is a natural fit for NetApp unified storage solutions. Customers in high-performance computing environments now have the benefits of a highly scalable and flexible storage solution in addition to the cost benefits of iSCSI.”
Available in August 2004, SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 is the first enterprise-class server to support the Linux 2.6 kernel. Backed by Novell's global ecosystem of enterprise-level consulting, training and support, SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 supports all relevant system architectures with a uniform code base. This provides IT professionals with a consistent, familiar platform to deploy across heterogeneous environments and affords end users considerable cost savings. Security and software updates are provided uniformly from Novell, which reduces the burden on IT when deploying updates across different hardware and systems architectures.
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"Safe Harbor" Statement under U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 The statement regarding Novell’s intentions to make SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 available in August 2004 is a forward looking statement within the meaning 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: continuing decline in the general economic conditions, customer demand for products and services, customer acceptance of product architectures, increased competition, inherent risk in the international operations, 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.
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