Network Appliance Acquires Auspex Patent Portfolio; Strengthens Network Storage Patent Position

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--()--June 18, 2003--Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) announced that it has acquired the patent portfolio of Auspex Systems Inc. The patent portfolio covers many technologies central to network-attached storage (NAS) systems, and expands the number of issued U.S. patents owned by Network Appliance. Network Appliance entered the final bid of $8,975,000 on June 13 during a court auction as part of Auspex's bankruptcy proceedings. The final agreement transferring Auspex patents to Network Appliance is expected to close shortly as legal details and a contract are finalized.

"Increasing our patent portfolio gives us an even stronger technology base to build next-generation NAS, SAN, and FAS systems for the benefit of our enterprise customers," said Dan Warmenhoven, chief executive officer of Network Appliance.

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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.

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Contacts

Network Appliance, Inc.
Eric Brown, 408/822-3463 (Press)
ebrown@netapp.com
Rod Mathews, 408/822-6108 (Investors)
rmathews@netapp.com
Billie Fagenstrom, 408/822-6428 (Investors)
billie.fagenstrom@netapp.com

Contacts

Network Appliance, Inc.
Eric Brown, 408/822-3463 (Press)
ebrown@netapp.com
Rod Mathews, 408/822-6108 (Investors)
rmathews@netapp.com
Billie Fagenstrom, 408/822-6428 (Investors)
billie.fagenstrom@netapp.com