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Covers Drawbacks of Current Storage Models, New Solutions to Reduce Storage

London, May 1, 2002 - Auspex Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPX), a leading
provider of enterprise storage solutions, has released a white paper
addressing the latest approaches available to help enterprises control the
hardware and administrative costs associated with data storage. The free
19-page document, called "NAS-SAN Convergence Today: New Trends in
Enterprise Storage," can be downloaded at

The paper discusses the current enterprise storage landscape, the factors
driving the ongoing increase in storage demand, and the strengths and
weaknesses of existing storage topologies including Storage Area Networks
(SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Direct Attached Storage (DAS). It
then describes a new category of storage appliance, called a Network Storage
Controller, that can bridge the gap between the block-level access provided
in SAN environments and the file-level access provided by NAS network

The paper addresses the ability of a Network Storage Controller to provide
cost-effective file services and file sharing to a SAN by enabling NAS
protocols to operate within the existing SAN infrastructure. It
demonstrates the ability of this new strategy to:

* Eliminate the need for complicated emulation software and additional
servers to provide file-level access in SAN environments;

* Enable effective data sharing across an organisation without
maintaining multiple mirrored and backup copies of files;

* Reduce hardware and data management costs by eliminating the need to
purchase and administer a separate SAN island;

* Add value to data through new capabilities such as storage
awareness, demand awareness and content awareness;

* Utilise storage virtualisation to simplify the management of complex
heterogeneous storage configurations;

Other topics covered include the increasing acceptance of networked storage,
the reasons that most enterprises lack an effective data sharing system, the
difference between sharing data and sharing storage, and the call by storage
analysts for new solutions leveraging the best features of all existing
storage architectures.

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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