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BW: Network Appliance Grant to U. of Michigan for NFS Version 4 Linux Interoperability Development

Jul 17, 2000, 21:06 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Network Appliance, Inc. (Nasdaq:NTAP), the leading provider of network-attached data access and content management solutions, today announced a corporate donation to the University of Michigan, supporting a multivendor effort to develop Network File System version 4 (NFS v4) interoperability for the Linux operating system."

"Network Appliance believes in open industry protocols and has been involved with standards efforts for protocols like NFS, NDMP, and ICAP for many years," said Brian Pawlowski, chief technical officer, international, for Network Appliance, Inc. "Part of making an open protocol successful is making open source implementations available to third parties and industry associations for development and testing. Network Appliance is committed to, and supports, this multivendor effort to increase Linux and NFS interoperability."

"Bev Crair, software engineering manager, Sun Microsystems, said, "The strategy behind codeveloping the standard with other vendors is to achieve seamless interoperability. We want to provide customers the best possible solution set. Developing and supporting effective standards is one great way to do this. With both Network Appliance and Sun involved in the University's effort, customers end up with better, more innovative solutions."

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