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New Fibre-Based Server Adds Extra Fault Tolerance & Protection for
Enterprise Data Stores

Santa Clara, CA, January 17, 2002 — Auspex Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPX), a provider of enterprise storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its NS3000 family of Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers with the release of a new fibre-based model called the NS3000XR (“Xtreme Reliability”) that enhances the data protection capabilities of the entry-level NS3010.

The XR model adds new features to provide additional fault tolerance for enterprises that use network servers for efficient storage and retrieval of any kind of mission-critical enterprise information, including databases, e-mail, rich media, medical images, biotechnology research and seismic files.

The server achieves this additional protection by providing two independent data paths to every disk array through redundant RAID controllers and dual fibre-channel host bus adapters. If one path is blocked, the system automatically redirects a service request to the open path, ensuring that all data on all disks remains available to end users.

The XR also offers an upgrade path for customers requiring a completely redundant high availability solution. A second XR server can be deployed at any time and connected to the first with Auspex’s ServerGuardV software, scheduled for release this month. The resulting system will supply a “heartbeat” between servers and automatic failover in the event of a server failure.

“The new XR model of our NS3000 series gives enterprises and organizations a cost-effective high availability option that supports the goal of business continuity without taking the extreme step of deploying a second system to completely eliminate single points of failure,” said Jim Garvey, Vice President of Engineering for Auspex Systems. “By adding extra component redundancy, our XR models help minimize both planned and unplanned downtime and thereby maximize end user productivity.”

“Enterprises today are looking for data storage and delivery solutions with a variety of high availability options to meet their current needs as well as their future ones,” said Phil Goodwin, Program Director, Server Infrastructure Strategies, META Group. “Vendors who offer a migration path that makes it possible to move from a moderate level of fault tolerance to complete system redundancy with the same basic equipment give customers maximum flexibility in adapting to the changing needs of their organizations.”

The new redundancy features of the NS3000XR complement the fault tolerance capabilities built into the NS3010 network server introduced by Auspex last year, including dual redundant power for all components, support for any combination of RAID 0, 1 and 5 with hot spares, online RAID array expansion, and virtual partitioning capabilities.

Optional software upgrades offer additional fault tolerance through automatic failover between network server connections, outbound network load balancing, high-speed LAN-free and parallel NDMP-based data backup, point-in-time snapshots that expedite backup and restore operations, and remote data replication that greatly reduces the time required to recover computing operations following a disaster.

With the addition of a third fibre-channel host bus adapter, the NS3000XR also has the ability to perform fibre-based LAN-free tape backup. Users can therefore enjoy one of the key advantages of Storage Area Networks (SANs) — eliminating the performance degradation that can occur when backups are performed over the LAN — while still reaping the data sharing benefits of the NAS architecture.

The system’s fibre-channel connectivity also marks an important step in converging NAS and SAN capabilities on the same device and thereby moving toward a storage virtualization architecture that will permit universal access to all enterprise data assets, no matter how they are housed.

Auspex network 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. The NS3000 series offers the market’s fastest performance, native UNIX and Windows support for fast and secure cross-platform file sharing, a unique architecture that enables all users to access all data at any time from a single data image, the industry’s only parallel local backup, and a flexible modular design enabling components to be deployed in any configuration.

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.

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