Network Appliance Hosts 1998 CIFS Technology Conference

Networking Technology Leaders Provide CIFS File Sharing Protocol Evolution Forum and CIFS-Based Products Interoperability Testing

July 6, 1998 - Santa Clara, CA -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), the leading provider of dedicated data-access appliances and storage servers, today announced it will host the 1998 CIFS (Common Internet File System) Conference. Scheduled for October 12-16, 1998 in San Jose, California, the two-part conference will focus on the evolution of CIFS (SMB) technology for file/print sharing and the importance of interoperability in CIFS environments. This announcement marks the first time vendors and customers can test their CIFS-based products against each other in order to trouble-shoot products in a collaborative setting.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) also has agreed to co-sponsor the 1998 CIFS Conference with Network Appliance™ (NetApp®). NetApp and Microsoft will provide vendors access to an exclusive, unprecedented CIFS Interoperability Lab. This lab will provide vendors who develop Server Message Block (SMB) or CIFS software - such as Samba, AT&T Advanced Server for UNIX (ASU) and Syntax - an environment to test the interoperability of their CIFS-based products.
Vendor attendees will benefit from:

"We are co-sponsoring the CIFS Conference with NetApp to promote and facilitate interoperability of the CIFS protocol in the industry," said Mike Nash, director of Windows NT Marketing for Microsoft. "This workshop and Interop Lab provide a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas and further the industry's cooperative efforts to make CIFS-based products seamlessly integrate and work together."

Running concurrently during the first two days of the Interop Lab, CIFS software engineers, IT/IS managers and sales systems engineers will benefit from a separate CIFS Workshop that will feature presentations from industry leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, NetApp and Whistle Communications. Some of the confirmed presentations for this third annual workshop include:

"The market success of NetApp's multi-protocol filers and Microsoft's interoperability leadership have fueled the widespread adoption of the CIFS protocol. As a result, CIFS has been integrated into dozens of market-leading products," said Charlie Simmons, VP of marketing for NetApp. "We will continue to invest in the development of innovative CIFS-based products and work to ensure the protocol remains a leading industry standard."

Registration Information
Registration for the CIFS Workshop is $100/person before August 18 and $250/person after August 18. To register for the CIFS Interoperability Lab the fee is $2000/vendor before August 18 and $2,500 after August 18. The vendor Labs registration fee includes admittance for four persons and a limited amount of equipment.

Registration and information are available at Additional information regarding CIFS is available on the World Wide Web at

About Network Appliance
Network Appliance, a veteran in network filing and caching, has been providing Internet solutions for over five years. Major corporations and ISPs, including Citicorp Securities, Siemens, Lockheed, Cisco, AOL, Motorola and Texas Instruments have deployed NetApp appliance solutions. Network Appliance develops and markets dedicated network storage servers for UNIX, Windows and the World Wide Web. These appliances deliver fast, simple, reliable and cost-effective access to data stored in the network or across the Internet. The company pioneered the concept of the "network appliance," an extension of the industry trend toward dedicated, specialized products that perform a single function. Network Appliance filers and NetCache™ appliances are based on the company's innovative data access software known as Data ONTAP and standards-compliant hardware. More information is available on the Internet at