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  • 28 October 2003 14:46

realestate.com.au Growth Drives Network Appliance

Leading Australian online media company manages business growth with NetApp and SecureData storage solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney, October, 28th 2003

Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), and SecureData Group have announced that Australian online media company, realestate.com.au Ltd (ASX: REA), has deployed a NetApp storage system to consolidate its rapidly growing data storage and protection needs, manage business growth, and support a drive to significantly enhance customer service levels.

realestate.com.au is an Australian company that provides online services to the real estate industry and publishes Australia's most popular real estate listing and advertising website, with 45 per cent of the market. Established in 1995 and floated in 1999, the company has experienced significant growth and now has more than 3,200 agents and developers using its site.

According to Red Sheriff, an independent internet auditor of online traffic, realestate.com.au had more than 2.7 million visits and delivered more than 60 million pages impressions in July 2003.

In addition to advertising, realestate.com.au provides a full suite of internet services to real estate agents and developers, including web design, hosting and search engine optimisation.

Prior to implementing its NetApp system with one terabyte of capacity, realestate.com.au relied on directly connected storage.

Berkeley Wilson, IT Operations Manager at realestate.com.au, said, "We had reached the point where a consolidated approach in managing our fast growing storage requirements necessitated implementing a class leading solution, such as Network Appliance's offering."

After evaluating several alternatives, Mr. Wilson said, "We were satisfied that the NetApp system would ensure our services are available at all times and have the capacity to grow, while reducing storage and data management costs."

He added, "In our FreeBSD UNIX, MySQL environment, it was the NetApp and SecureData Group combination which stood out as the best fit for us.. Our decision was based upon the ability of the NetApp unit performance and support structures, plus SDG's understanding of our needs, technical support and ability to provide us with a total storage solution."

Simon Green, Managing Director for Network Appliance Australia and New Zealand, said, "We are delighted to have partnered with SecureData and have been chosen by realestate.com.au to help drive its successful web site. By the very nature of what the site offers, visitors to it are serious about what they are doing and the capacity and power of NetApp storage make an important contribution to quality service levels for them." - ends -

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About Network Appliance Network Appliance is a world leader in unified network storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product and partner solutions that continue to drive "The evolution of storage(tm)." Information about Network Appliance(tm) solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.

About SecureData Group SecureData is the largest information availability company in Australia, with a proven track record in delivering Australia's Top 1000 organisations in banking, finance, telco's accounting and legal sectors with customised solutions for their most valuable asset - information. SecureData builds world class IT infrastructures, empowering Information Availability, Manageability and Protection. SecureData's methodology includes consulting with organisations on their business drivers allowing us to design, deploy and manage an IT infrastructure to support your specific business imperatives. SecureData is unique in providing a complete range of services, facilitating end to end information availability for enterprise and eBusiness applications. Established in 1992, SecureData is a privately held Australian company with over 90 staff in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.

NetApp is a registered trademark and Network Appliance and The evolution of storage are trademarks of Network Appliance Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.

Source * Red Sheriff, Independent Internet Auditor statistics (May 2003) ** realestate.com.au internal statistics For Further Information please contact - Harry Christian Network Appliance, Inc. tels +61 (0) 2 9779 5600 & +61 (0) 407 100 666

Gina Burman SecureData Group tels - +61 (0) 2 9212 5055 & +61 (0) 412 131 199

Press contact - Derek Evans Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd tels - +61 (0) 2 9957 5555 & +61 (0) 410 601 673 email - derek.evans@gne.com.au

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