Auspex Systems Announces Solution to Optimise Under-utilised SAN Storage Systems and Eliminate SAN vendor lock-in Wednesday 27 February 2002 PDF Print 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. 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