Have you actually bought a NetApp yet? If so and you have access to the customer support area then you can download the NetApp simulator. Its built from the same codebase as the real filers so you can experiment as much as you want inside there.
Not yet, I was just told that we will soon, I have not even seen Vendors actually go to our site.
Do you know which filer you bought? Is this a small or large company?
The simulator has a limit on how big your virtual disks can be. I can't remember if they said that was the reason for the limit or not...
As for whether this story is true or not, I have no idea
I couldn't imagine running anything on it though. Man it would suck compared to the real thing.