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New NSc3000 Network Storage Controller Increases ROI on Enterprise SANs


London, February 27, 2002 - Auspex Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPX), a leading
provider of enterprise storage solutions, today announced the forthcoming
release of a storage controller that will enable enterprises with Storage
Area Networks (SANs) from virtually any vendor to access and share files via
Network Attached Storage (NAS) protocols without investing in a complete NAS
system. The new NSc3000 Network Storage Controller will be the first
product capable of storing and accessing data on heterogeneous storage
subsystems, providing simpler and less expensive management of data assets.



Scheduled to ship in April 2002, the Auspex controller serves as a bridge
between NAS and SAN environments and enables the efficient use of
under-utilised SAN storage capacity - estimated by Gartner to be around 25%
of total enterprise disk space. It also frees users from the constraints of
single vendor lock-in strategies by permitting the sharing of data between
disparate vendor's SANs. The controller will operate with all major SAN
storage subsystems, including those from LSI Logic, EMC, Compaq and Hitachi
Data Systems.



The Auspex controller will serve as a bridge between IP-based clients and
SANs, offering a far more efficient storage model that will eliminate the
need for system administrators to choose between NAS and SAN topologies.
The NSc3000 will:


* Allow information stored in SANs to be shared without the need for
application servers, data manipulation or additional hardware, significantly
reducing administrative effort as well as eliminating redundant or
unnecessary investment and providing a common management interface for all
file sharing.


* Enable SAN administrators to assign excess disk capacity in the SAN
pool to information requiring access by the storage controller, thereby
increasing the efficient utilisation of the 25 per cent of disk space
estimated to be unused on a typical SAN.


* Permit the use of disparate disks, tapes and other storage media for
file serving, eliminating the handicaps imposed by single-vendor "lock-in"
strategies.


* Allow enterprises with more than one storage subsystem within their
SAN to access multiple storage pools from a single controller, even if the
storage subsystems are from different vendors.


* Allow for the first time synchronous data replication between
heterogeneous storage by using Auspex's Xtreme Virtual Partitions to mirror
and stripe between multiple RAID controllers, extending the high
availability capabilities offered by the device's redundant network and
storage paths.



The NSc3000 Network Storage Controller forms part of the new NS3000 family
of network servers and delivers performance of over 20,000 IOPS and 55 MBPS
in UNIX and Windows environments, respectively. It also provides bilingual
access to UNIX and Windows data without emulators, permits file locking
across platforms to prevent file loss and corruption, and synchronises
permissions across platforms for easy administration.


Robert Passmore, research director at Gartner Group in Stamford, CT
commented,


"Giving SAN administrators the ability to provide file services without
investing in a separate storage infrastructure, re-architecting the whole
environment or being locked into a single vendor is a major step in reducing
the costs of storage management. It means that IT staff will be able to get
optimal use out of their existing storage, select new storage according to
criteria like price and performance rather than vendor name, and eliminate
unnecessary administrative effort. These are important milestones on the
road to better storage resource management."



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 its European headquarters in Aldermaston, Hampshire.
The company has sales offices and channel partners around the globe. Its
shares are traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol ASPX.


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



Press Enquiries:


Nicola Alvey/Linsey White
éclat MARKETING
Tel: +44 118 989 5600
e-mail: Nicola@eclat.co.uk
e-mail: Linsey@eclat.co.uk

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