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): November 16, 2005
                             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 2.02.
     On November 16, 2005, Network Appliance, Inc. issued a press release
announcing its earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2006. The
press release is attached as an exhibit to this Form 8-K, and the information
set forth therein is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 2.02.

Item 9.01(c).

     Network Appliance, Inc.'s November 16, 2005 press release is hereby
furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K in connection with the disclosures
under Item 2.02 of 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.

November 16, 2005                                    By: /s/ Steven Gomo        
                                                         Steven J. Gomo
                                                         Chief Financial Officer


                                Index to Exhibits
Exhibit         Description
-------         -----------
99.1            Press release of Network Appliance, Inc. issued on 
                November 16, 2005.