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New Strategy Offers Flexible Rackmount Deployment, Adds Built-in Power Redundancy, and Sets the Stage for Interfacing with Direct-Attached Storage & SANs

Santa Clara, CA, July 24, 2001 — Auspex Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPX), a provider of Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions, today announced a new modular design that allows its recently released NS3000 series of enterprise data servers to fit in a standard rack and support dual AC power supplies while continuing to deliver industry-leading single-node 19,755 IOPS file serving power and maximum 68 TB capacity. The new configuration, which will replace the traditional Auspex chassis in August, simplifies deployment and also lays the architectural foundation on which Auspex plans to build a universal data serving solution permitting data to be accessed from any kind of enterprise storage subsystem.

The new modular design separates the Auspex system into components that can be rackmounted independently or installed in a rackmountable cabinet. This is achieved in part by upgrading the disk packaging to eliminate the need for a special case and also provide built-in dual redundant power. Customers can now purchase the Auspex I/O nodes, disk arrays, RAID cluster controllers and power distribution unit separately, with or without a cabinet, and deploy them in the manner that best suits their environment.

The smaller footprint and rackmount design extend the value of the Auspex system to telcos, ISPs, corporate computer rooms, and other organizations that must fit their data storage equipment into racks. The modular configuration will also reduce costs in colocation facilities, permit deskside use in offices, and give VARs and system integrators the option to integrate clients’ storage subsystems into their own cabinets or existing racks.

The new modular architecture also sets the stage for Auspex to separate data retrieval and delivery operations from the data storage subsystem. Over the long term, the new design and related modifications are expected to enable Auspex data servers to retrieve data from third-party direct-attached storage and Storage Area Networks (SANs), thereby allowing the convergence of today’s major storage topologies.

“Our new modular system will be a flexible enterprise data storage solution that delivers the fastest performance on the market, and it will also pave the way for future innovations that promise to play an important role in improving the way enterprises manage their data,” said Jim Garvey, Vice President of Engineering for Auspex Systems.

As previously announced, the Auspex NS3000 series will be able to store, serve and manage between 500 GB and 68 TB of consolidated Unix and Windows data on a single device, with the addition of I/O nodes providing scalability as workload increases. All users will have access to the entire data storage pool — a capability that distinguishes Auspex filers from any other NAS system on the market.

Performance will exceed 19,755 I/Os and 55 MB per second for a single node for Unix and Windows environments, respectively — substantially faster than competitive network storage appliances. Speeds in full three-node configuration are expected to

reach 46,900 IOPS and 160 MBPS. Drives and I/O nodes will be hot swappable, with dual power supplies on both components to eliminate a single point of failure.

The accompanying software suite will offer high availability and data replication capabilities ranging from server clustering with automatic failover to high-performance NDMP-based backup and restore, point-in-time snapshots, and flexible RAID and file system configurations. The system will also provide fast, transparent file sharing between Unix and Windows clients, with a unique restricted file permission that prevents unauthorized users from accessing protected files across platforms and a “one-world” view that synchronizes security and permissions on both platforms.

The new system will be available in both SCSI and fibre-based versions to address the needs of different organizations. The fibre version is scheduled for September release and will include LAN-free tape backup capabilities, enabling users to reap the data sharing benefits of the NAS architecture while enjoying one of the key advantages of the SAN topology.

About Auspex

Auspex introduced the world’s first NAS server a decade ago and is the network storage server of choice for Global 500 companies, including customers in the software development, oil and gas exploration, semiconductor, manufacturing and Internet industries. Auspex’s enterprise-level, multi-terabyte solutions are designed for storage applications requiring secure Windows and UNIX data sharing from a single data image, server consolidation or continuous data availability. For more information, call +44 (0)118 940 7300 or visit


Rose Ross, Auspex Press Office
Tel: 020 8255 5225

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