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 15, 2006


                             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 February 15, 2006, Network Appliance, Inc. issued a press release
announcing its earnings for the third 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 February 15, 2006 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.

February 15, 2006                                 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 February 15,