NETGEAR ReadyNAS Business Products Achieve "Certified for Windows Server 2008 R2" Logo

Certification Confirms Reliability in Microsoft Virtualization Projects

SAN JOSE, Calif. —November 5, 2010 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and Internet service providers, today announced that business-class ReadyNAS® products are fully compliant with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 requirements, including interoperability between ReadyNAS and Microsoft Hyper-V. The “Certified for Windows Server 2008 R2” logo means businesses of all sizes can now use NETGEAR and Microsoft virtualization solutions to increase application reliability, consolidate servers, and lower costs without compatibility or support concerns.

Microsoft has certified NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS in the Windows Server Catalog after the product passed the comprehensive WinQual testing suite. Listing in the catalog specifically ensures compatibility between ReadyNAS network storage and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V when using the iSCSI protocol. 

“Smart IT departments demand reliable, affordable and simple solutions to support their businesses,” said Drew Meyer, senior director of product marketing at NETGEAR. “NETGEAR is already a market leader in affordable mid-market network storage and switching, so we are excited to partner with Microsoft in building reliable, simple SAN solutions.” 

“The Microsoft virtualization business has seen tremendous growth in the last year, and mid-market customers are an important part of that growth,” said Jim Schwartz, director of Virtualization Solutions at Microsoft. “We rely on affordable network storage and switching solutions from partners like NETGEAR for continued Hyper-V success in this segment.” 

NETGEAR ReadyNAS customer Aron Smetana, IT manager for Headlands Asset Management, used Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V with ReadyNAS 3200 to cut his rack space by 80 percent and consolidate more than 20 physical machines. “The embedded replication tool has provided disaster recovery for Headlands from a remote location in case of an emergency. This has proven to be an ideal solution given my budget and time constraints,” said Smetana. 

According to a September 2010 survey from Spiceworks, 68 percent of IT professionals plan to be using virtualization by the end of the year. “Medium-sized enterprises and the channel partners that serve them are jumping at the chance to make applications more reliable. The affordable combination of NETGEAR and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V make a simpler solution than ever before,” continued Meyer.

Pricing and Availability 
All Windows Certified ReadyNAS products are listed online in the Windows Catalog (www.windowsservercatalog.com). The latest version of the ReadyNAS RAIDiatorTM OS as well as more information on the entire ReadyNAS product line is available at www.readynas.com.

About NETGEAR, Inc. 
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs innovative, branded technology solutions that address the specific networking, storage, and security needs of Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and home users. The company offers an end-to-end networking product portfolio to enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, multimedia content, and applications among multiple computers and other Internet-enabled devices. Products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 26,000 retail locations around the globe, and via more than 39,000 value-added resellers. The company’s headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. More information is available at http://www.netgear.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/netgear

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors," pages 36 through 52, in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal second quarter ended June 27, 2010, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 5, 2010. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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