SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) -  NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it has been named by SNW as a winner in its Fall 2010 "Best Practices" Awards Program in the Energy Efficiency, Green Computing, and Data Center category. SNW's "Best Practices" Awards Program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of IT management solutions and approaches.

NetApp was recognized for its groundbreaking data center in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. The data center, which opened in 2009, uses revolutionary technology and design principles to reduce waste and to be up to 80% more efficient than traditional data centers. When fully utilized, the RTP data center is designed to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 95,000 tons per year, which is equivalent to removing 16,000 cars per year from the road. The RTP data center was also the first data center to earn an Energy Star rating from the EPA, with a near-perfect score of 99 out of 100.

NetApp primarily uses the RTP data center to further research initiatives and improve flexibility and efficiency with shared IT infrastructure technologies to deliver cloud computing and IT on demand, which help customers around the world accelerate their business. With its innovative design and construction, the data center also serves as a blueprint for organizations looking to design their own dynamic data centers.

"We built the RTP data center from the ground up to be the example of how companies can deploy flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructures that deliver the service levels they need and also maximize IT efficiency," said Thom Bryant, vice president of Workplace Resources at NetApp. "We're proud that representatives from more than 500 organizations have toured our facility to see how best-of-breed design and technology can help them achieve greater flexibility and efficiency by moving to a shared IT infrastructure. We thank SNW for honoring us with this award and recognizing our environmental stewardship and sustainable technologies."

"Innovative systems and strategies focused on data protection, energy efficiency, virtualization, and cloud computing are redefining IT infrastructure management," said Ellen Daly, senior vice president, Events, IDG Enterprise. "The organizations and professionals judged to be winners in SNW's Fall 2010 'Best Practices' Awards Program are the best of the best when it comes to identifying and deploying the most strategic applications for their businesses."

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About NetApp
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About Computerworld
For more than 40 years, Computerworld has been the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (, twice-monthly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest global IT media network.

Computerworld's Web site and print publication have won more than 100 awards in the past five years alone. Recognitions include Jesse H. Neal Awards (from American Business Media) in 2008 for Best Web Site, Best Online Articles or Series, and Best Blog; the Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2004 and 2006, and the ASBPE's 2008 Web Site of the Year award and 2006 award for Best Overall Web Publication; and Folio magazine's 2006 Gold Eddie Award for the best technology/computing magazine. was also named one of the "10 Great Media Web Sites" by BtoB magazine in July 2007. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3 million unique monthly visitors and a print audience of more than 1,059,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS, Spring 2009).

About IDG Enterprise
IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CIO, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, IT World, Network World and The Industry Standard) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences. As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation's top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs.

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About the SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA Web site at

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