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NetApp Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Scale-Out File-Based Storage 2012 Vendor Analysis

Clustered Data ONTAP Recognized for Vision and Capabilities

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/22/13 -- Today, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced that it has been named a leader in the "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Scale-Out File-Based Storage 2012 Vendor Analysis" (doc #238923, December 2012). The IDC study assessed the leading vendors in the storage market and analyzed each vendor's ability to provide appliance-based, scale-out file-based storage. According to IDC, scale-out architectures enable businesses to linearly scale capacity and performance independent of each other while keeping management simple and costs low.

NetApp's position as a leader is a result of the vision and capabilities of the clustered Data ONTAP® architecture, a unified scale-out storage solution for an adaptable, always-on storage infrastructure. Clustered Data ONTAP enables high-availability storage platforms to operate a shared pool of resources, offering massive scalability and performance, simplified management, and the capability to transparently migrate application data.

According to the report, "NetApp's scale-out file-based solution, clustered Data ONTAP, is different from other market alternatives that leverage a host-based distributed file system. Because of this approach, NetApp has an advantage over its competitors whose platforms based on distributed file systems lacked mature support block storage, storage optimization features, and server virtualization... With 8.1.1 of ONTAP, NetApp has further improved its clustering capabilities while adding new features such as virtual storage tiering, transparent data migration, nondisruptive operations, embedded flash acceleration, and support for very large content containers and scale clusters."

"NetApp's position as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Scale-Out File-Based Storage is validation of our vision and ability to innovate in the storage marketplace," said Brendon Howe, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, NetApp. "Organizations struggling to scale their infrastructure are quickly discovering that they need a combination of performance, high availability, and simplified management to meet business goals. Clustered Data ONTAP gives organizations the foundation to adapt as business needs change, while providing the necessary features and reliability expected of an enterprise-class storage solution."

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About IDC MarketScape
The IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About NetApp
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com.

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