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New Fibre-Attached Fault-Tolerant Server, High Availability System and
Fabric-Attached Storage Solution To Expand Product Line

Santa Clara, CA, December 11, 2001 — Auspex Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPX), a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions, today announced three additions to the family of NS3000 storage appliances introduced last May. The new products will include a fibre-based network server with added fault tolerance and a high availability server pair — both shipping this month — plus a fabric-attached storage solution scheduled for release in early 2002 that will be the first product of its kind to enable files to be accessed from non-proprietary storage media.

Specifically, the products will include:

· A new fibre-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) server that enhances the data protection capabilities of the entry-level Auspex NS3010 by providing two independent data paths to every disk array through redundant RAID controllers and dual fibre-channel host bus adapters. The first fault-tolerant model will scale up to 7.5 TB, with later models reaching 45.5 TB.

· A high availability system consisting of two of the new fault-tolerant servers to provide redundancy of all components, plus Auspex’s ServerGuardV™ software to supply a “heartbeat” between systems, make synchronous copies of the information on each server, and provide automatic failover in the event of a server failure. The software also has the unique ability to eliminate planned downtime by allowing one server to take over for the machine that is taken offline.

· A fabric-attached storage solution that will operate with Storage Area Networks (SANs) from multiple vendors to permit file-level access to SAN data. With the unique ability to access data on non-proprietary storage, the product will help eliminate the handicaps imposed by single-vendor “lock-in” strategies and meet the demand for simpler, less expensive, open-systems storage management.

Auspex is currently forging strategic relationships that will support its efforts to achieve storage interoperability as part of its fabric-attached storage initiative. The first of those relationships, with Brocade and JNI, were announced separately today at the StorageNext/Internet World conference in New York.

“Our NS3000 product family has been engineered to meet the diverse storage needs of different enterprises as well as to move toward a universal storage management solution that overcomes the inefficiencies and extra expense of today’s vendor-specific storage strategies,” said Mike Worhach, President of Auspex Systems. “From our new modular design to fibre connectivity and the ability to mirror and stripe between multiple RAID controllers, we are building next-generation data management solutions that offer a wide array of choices and capabilities for storing and delivering enterprise data assets.”

“The new NS3000 systems offer the user the kind of high end availability features we want to see,” said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst for Milford, MA-based Enterprise Storage Group. “The move toward open storage demonstrates that Auspex is willing to provide the flexibility that customers want, enabling SAN users to add file services on top of whatever infrastructure they already have. All in all, good show.”

The new products will augment Auspex’s complete line of storage solutions, including the NS3010 network server and the small, low-cost Auspex “brat” server announced last month. The “brat” occupies roughly half the space of a typical Auspex server for flexible placement in the office environment, while delivering the same market-leading performance as a full-sized Auspex system.

Auspex file servers are used by industries and enterprises around the world to optimize storage management infrastructures and provide fast, reliable access to multi-terabytes of consolidated UNIX and Windows data. Auspex’s NS3000 family of storage appliances offers the market’s fastest performance as well as native UNIX and Windows support for fast, secure cross-platform file sharing.

About Auspex Systems

Auspex introduced the world’s first Network Attached Storage (NAS) server shortly after its founding in 1987, creating a new breed of storage appliance capable of delivering significant performance and administrative benefits over general-purpose file servers. Auspex’s enterprise-class network servers are used by customers around the world because of their advanced feature set, including the industry’s highest scalability and most secure UNIX and Windows data sharing. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with sales offices and channel partners throughout the U.S. and around the globe. Its shares are traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol ASPX.

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Rose Ross, Auspex Press Office
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