Washington, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                       Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): February 17, 2004


                             Network Appliance, Inc.
             (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

             Delaware                   0-27130              77-0307520
 (State or other jurisdiction of      (Commission         (I.R.S. Employer
  incorporation or organization)      File Number)      Identification Number)

                               495 East Java Drive
                               Sunnyvale, CA 94089
               (Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

                                 (408) 822-6000
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)



Item 12.

      The information is furnished pursuant to "Item 12. Results of Operations
and Financial Condition" in accordance with SEC Release No. 33-8216 (March 27,

      On February 17, 2004, Network Appliance, Inc. issued a press release
announcing its earnings for the third quarter fiscal year 2004. The press
release, attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1, is being furnished on this Form 8-K.


      Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf
by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

February 17, 2004                     By:   /s/    Steven Gomo
                                                 Steven J. Gomo
                                            Chief Financial Officer


                                Index to Exhibits

Exhibit   Description
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  99.1    Press release of Network Appliance, Inc. issued on February 17, 2004.