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Combined Solution Addresses Mailbox Overload in Exchange 2000/5.5 Environments by Using EDUCOM Software To Archive Exchange Files on Auspex Network Servers

Santa Clara, CA, August 23, 2001 — Auspex Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPX), a provider of Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with EDUCOM TS Inc. designed to help enterprises and organizations efficiently manage the growth of their Microsoft Exchange mail stores. The agreement designates Auspex’s enterprise information servers as the recommended storage system for EDUCOM’s Exchange Archive Solution (EAS), intelligent storage management software that permits rules-based archiving and self-serve user retrieval of archived Exchange 2000 and 5.5 e-mail.

The alliance addresses the space management and performance problems caused by the heavy use of Microsoft Exchange in organizations today. The combined solution frees up space, improves performance and consolidates messages from multiple Exchange servers by allowing older or less critical mail to be centrally archived on an Auspex storage system, utilizing scripting language in EDUCOM’s EAS software that enables archive rules to be customized down to the user level.

EDUCOM’s intelligent archiving capability eliminates the need for organizations to set limits on the size of users’ inboxes, force users to delete messages that may be needed in the future for information or legal purposes, or take other extreme measures to control the rampant growth of Exchange information stores.

The use of Auspex information servers to house messages archived through EDUCOM’s EAS gives enterprises a fast, reliable and highly available storage solution capable of accommodating up to 68 TB of data on a single system — by far the highest scalability in the industry — and serving Windows, UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X clients from the same device. Duplicate data sets are not needed because Auspex systems provide multilingual support.

The partnership also gives Auspex customers a means of archiving both Exchange 2000 and Exchange 5.5 messages without the need to make registry changes or relocate the information store databases in Exchange Server. Auspex thus becomes the first network storage provider to offer a non-intrusive Exchange archiving strategy that leaves the Exchange registry intact.

“Many organizations generate hundreds of thousands or even millions of e-mail messages monthly, and they need to be able to quickly and efficiently store and access this data from a central repository,” said Andrew Moffat, CEO of EDUCOM. “We conducted an exhaustive search of all the storage options available, and we selected Auspex network servers as our storage medium of choice because of their high performance, industry-leading scalability, multilingual capabilities, advanced backup and high availability features, and suitability for large enterprise environments.”

“This partnership will enable enterprises and organizations to combat mailbox overload without the risk of losing important intellectual property contained in e-mail messages and attachments, and it also raises the bar in Auspex’s efforts to provide robust storage solutions to Windows customers as well as UNIX shops,” said Lawrence Didsbury, Manager of Strategic Alliances for Auspex Systems. “When combined with our native Windows support and our certification with major Microsoft applications, it brings important new capabilities to Windows environments.”

In addition to permitting rules-based archiving, EDUCOM’s EAS software eliminates duplicate messages before archiving them, compresses archived messages to conserve storage space, equips users with full text search and retrieval capabilities for archived mail, and permits client mailboxes to be restored in as little as five minutes. EAS also allows messages to be moved from the archives to off-line storage based on administrator-defined criteria, while retaining message profiles that enable users to determine the subject, date and sender of older messages for ready reference.

Auspex network servers streamline EAS’s off-line storage function with a LAN-free backup/archiving feature that permits high-speed data transfer to tape without the performance degradation that can occur when backups are performed over the LAN. Auspex drive arrays can be configured for RAID 0, 1 or 5, or any combination of the three, depending on the business-critical nature of the data. Auspex systems also feature the market’s only native support for both UNIX and Windows platforms, ensuring fast file retrieval and secure file locking across operating systems by eliminating the need for emulation software.

The complete Exchange Archiving Solution includes EDUCOM’s EAS software, the Auspex network server, an application server, Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), a Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle database, and search engine software that allows users to perform searches by recipient, sender, date, subject or full message contents. Resellers can integrate the complete system, rackmount it, and deliver it as a turnkey package.


About EDUCOM

EDUCOM TS Inc. is an Ottawa-based software development firm specializing in document and storage management for e-mail and litigation environments. EDUCOM products help clients protect corporate intellectual property, enhance user access to information, and reduce e-mail server overload. Flagship products include the Exchange Archiving Solution, offering intelligent storage management for Microsoft Exchange mail stores; EAS Wireless, designed to manage the quantity of e-mail with which a mobile user has to deal; and EAS RM, a record management solution for Microsoft Exchange e-mail. EDUCOM has established strategic relationships with Auspex Systems, Essential Computing, Canada-Pacific Technologies, FreTech, Microsoft, AmikaNow!, eManage, VenuSoft and IBM.

For more information, visit http://www.educomts.com


About Auspex Systems

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 further information call +44 (0) 118 940 7300 or visit http://www.auspex.com


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