July 22, 2008

NetApp Customer Sprint Nextel Honored With Computerworld’s “Best Practices in Infrastructure Management” Award

NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) today announced that Computerworld's Infrastructure Management World Conference selected NetApp customer Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) as an Honoree for its "Best Practices in Infrastructure Management" awards program in the "Data Center Management, IT Operations & Business Continuity" category. Sprint Nextel (Sprint) was honored for strategically using NetApp(R) Protection Manager data management solutions to design a new data center infrastructure -- named 4S -- that facilitates fast prototyping and the quick rollout of new business applications. 4S, which represents Simplicity, Speed, Standards, and Stability, is a cutting-edge data storage and virtualization environment that is designed to provide the utmost simplicity, performance, interoperability, and reliability without disruptive backup processes and with minimal administrative requirements and controlled costs.

Computerworld's "Best Practices in Infrastructure Management" awards program acknowledges excellence among users of infrastructure management technology. Honorees were recognized during the "Best Practices in Infrastructure Management" awards presentation at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on June 18.

"Infrastructure management initiatives in today's enterprises are often the most compelling priorities for IT management today," said Ron Milton, executive vice president of Computerworld. "The organizations and professionals judged to be Honorees in Computerworld's 2008 'Best Practices in Infrastructure Management' Awards Program have demonstrated how true value can be derived from moving to a next-generation, dynamic enterprise."

With NetApp Protection Manager solutions, Sprint created a new infrastructure management layer to automate and speed the provisioning of resources from within the data center. Sprint's IT team also implemented data protection tools such as NetApp Snapshot(TM), NetApp SnapMirror(R), and NetApp SnapVault(R) to quickly manage, back up, and provision the data sets associated with each test environment build. As a result of this new infrastructure, Sprint has improved customer satisfaction, reducing the time it takes to fulfill requests from months to the amount of time it takes to place a phone call. Sprint also gained a competitive advantage through faster application prototyping and creation and realized increased cost savings.

"Sprint is pleased to be recognized by Computerworld for our innovative storage and virtualization project," said Josh Morton, vice president of IT Operations for Sprint. "By deploying NetApp FlexClone(R) technology, we have also been able to use virtualization to reduce our servers, storage, software licenses, and support required by 50%."

"This recognition for Sprint showcases their commitment to delivering innovative data center solutions and we are proud to be their partner for this important project," said Elisa Steele, senior vice president of Corporate Marketing at NetApp. "Despite unique challenges, Sprint now has a dynamic and efficient data management solution that is helping its business remain competitive and bring products to market quickly. Sprint truly earned this award."

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (www.computerworld.com), weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief, Don Tennant, received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearly 53 million customers at the end of the first quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

About NetApp

NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that accelerate business breakthroughs and achieve outstanding cost efficiency. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com.

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