Universal SAN-NAS Convergence Solution Now Available As Redundant System,
Lowering Storage Costs While Ensuring Uninterrupted File Service to End
London, 6 June 2002 - Auspex Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPX) today announced
the NSc3000V, the high availability version of its NSc3000 Network Storage
Controller for supplying file services to Storage Area Networks (SANs). The
new HA platform leverages the Auspex controller's unique ability to lower
storage costs in any SAN environment while simultaneously ensuring a
continuous data path from the SAN to the end user, thus extending the HA
features of the SAN to ensure uninterrupted file delivery. The system will
be available later this month.
The NSc3000V platform consists of two Auspex NSc3000 controllers linked by
the company's ServerGuardV software. The controllers serve files directly
from the SAN via Network Attached Storage (NAS) protocols, eliminating the
expense of purchasing and managing a conventional NAS appliance with
attached disk sub-systems. ServerGuardV supplies a "heartbeat" between
controllers as well as the industry's first storage-agnostic failover,
allowing redundant components or the entire controller to fail over
regardless of the SAN sub-system's proprietary failover implementation.
Like the base NSc3000 controller, the NSc3000V platform operates with
equipment from any SAN vendor, including Hitachi Data Systems, LSI Logic,
EMC and Compaq. It also works with disparate SAN storage sub-systems
simultaneously. These industry-exclusive capabilities free system
administrators from proprietary solutions and simplify file services for
enterprises with heterogeneous SANs.
"High availability SANs ensure continuous access to the application server,
but enterprises that elect to file-share off the SAN from a NAS gateway need
to extend redundancy and automatic failover to the gateway if they want to
guarantee non-stop performance to their end users," said Robert Passmore, a
research director at Gartner Group in Stamford, CT. "Given the cost of
downtime in lost productivity and potentially lost business, this can be a
crucial step in keeping enterprise networks running smoothly."
In addition to clustering controllers and providing automatic controller
failover in the event of a system failure, the Auspex NSc3000V platform
maximises uptime with features that include:
* Failover of malfunctioning components, including power supplies, NIC
cards and fibre channel host bus adapters.
* Load balancing capabilities between the NIC cards, the HBAs and the
two data paths that each controller provides to the SAN disk arrays.
* No-downtime upgrades and maintenance provided by an active-active
configuration that enables one controller to assume the work of the second.
* Remote mirroring for near-instant recovery from local disasters such
as fires, made possible by the ability to situate the system's two
controllers up to 500 meters apart.
* The ability to compensate for RAID controller failure in a SAN high
availability environment by automatically failing over to the remaining
available path or paths to the data, regardless of the SAN vendor failover
The NSc3000V platform also includes robust storage virtualisation features
that enhance performance, including Auspex-exclusive "Extended Virtual
Partitions" that create more SAN paths to the application server's file
system by allowing multiple Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) to be striped into a
single logical volume and thereby spread workload across multiple RAID
In addition, the NSc3000 and NSc3000V provide secure UNIX, Windows, Linux
and Mac OS X data sharing from a single data image, eliminating the need to
create and maintain duplicate data sets.
"Enterprises today are looking for ways to reduce the costs of managing
their data assets, but at the same time they need to meet end users' demands
for continuous availability of information," said Garry Elliott, Country
Manager for Auspex Systems. "Our NSc3000V platform fulfills both
requirements by providing a highly available, cost-effective means of
serving files in a SAN environment, and it is also the only solution capable
of providing these services for any homogeneous or heterogeneous SAN."
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 offering significant performance and administrative benefits over
general-purpose file servers. Auspex's enterprise-class network servers are
used worldwide for consolidated information storage and delivery. Auspex
also is leading the convergence of NAS with Storage Area Networks (SANs)
with the NSc3000 Network Storage Controller, the first multivendor
SAN-to-NAS gateway. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California
with its European Headquarters in Aldermaston, Berkshire. Its shares are
traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol ASPX. For more information visit
Nicola Alvey/Leigh Hooker
Tel: +44 118 989 5600
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