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Nishan Systems Multi-protocol IP Storage Switch Awarded SAN Product of the Year at Networking Industry Awards 2003

Nishan’s pioneering approach to Storage Area Networking gains industry recognition

Bracknell, UK – 2nd July 2003 – Nishan Systems (www.NishanSystems.com), the world’s first supplier of native IP storage solutions, today announced that its IPS 3300 multi-protocol IP storage switch was heralded as SAN Product of the Year at last week’s 10th annual Networking Industry Awards.

“Recognition of our ground-breaking work in IP storage area networks upon our first entry in the awards is fantastic,” said Bob Russo, CEO, Nishan Systems. “We have received excellent reviews on our technology from our end user customers and partners; this award solidifies their sentiments and is an excellent validation of our technology.”

An independent panel of leading professionals within the networking industry judges the Networking Industry Awards, organised by CMP Information in conjunction with Networks for Business 2003. The annual product awards are given in recognition of the success of those companies leading the way in the voice and data networking market. The SAN Product of the Year 2003, sponsored by ACAL FCS, was awarded to Nishan’s IPS 3300 multi-protocol IP storage switch based on its functionality, innovation, performance, configuration, resilience, ease of use, price and customer experiences. Nishan was short listed for the award along with Brocade, EMC, Cisco, Qlogic and Veritas.

Jane Murphy, Portfolio Director, Networks for Business commented, “Nishan’s pioneering developments in IP SAN technology and the ease of use of the IPS 3300 impressed the judges. The awards are given in recognition of the success of companies like Nishan who are leading the way in the networking market. ”

“Considering the class of high calibre nominees for this award, Nishan’s selection as SAN Product of the Year is a testament to the growing influence of IP on traditional SAN technology,” said John Webster, founder and senior analyst of the Data Mobility Group. “Nishan’s success despite a tough economy shows that customers are finding innovative ways to solve their storage problems by melding SANs and their mainstream networks.”

About Nishan’s multi-protocol IP storage products
Nishan Systems offers a comprehensive family of IP Storage switching products which combine the best features of today’s SANs – high availability and performance – with the best features of IP networks – product compatibility, proven standards, familiar technology and network scalability.

The range includes a new class of wire-speed native IP storage switches, IPS 4000 and IPS 3000 series, and a suite of sophisticated IP storage management software, SANvergence™, to configure and monitor large-scale storage networks.

The IPS 3300 multi-protocol IP storage switch connects to a wide variety of end systems, including Fibre Channel and iSCSI initiators and targets across a high-speed IP backbone. Nishan IP storage switches provide cost effective and intelligent high-performance connectivity for remote SANs over virtually any distance. IPS 3300 storage switch is qualified with all major storage platforms, including EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, XIOtech, Sun, StorageTek and LSI Logic.

Acknowledged as the pioneer in IP storage area networks, Nishan has introduced a number of industry firsts to accelerate the adoption of SAN technology. These include:
The first wire-speed IP storage switch
The first transcontinental IP SAN
The first wireless IP SAN
The first SAN routing capability for fault isolation between Fibre Channel fabrics
The first data encryption for block storage I/O

The Networking Industry Awards announced the winners last week at a presentation gala ceremony held at Hilton Metropole, NEC, Birmingham on the first day of Networks for Business show. The 2003 winners can be viewed online at www.networkingawards.com

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About Nishan Systems
Nishan Systems, the world's first supplier of native IP Storage solutions, builds open storage networking products based on IP and Ethernet, the international networking standards. Nishan's Multi-protocol Storage framework supports iSCSI, iFCP, FCIP, iSNS, and Fibre Channel.

The highly reliable and manageable IP Storage fabric extends seamlessly from the data centre to the metro area and beyond. Nishan's products are fully compatible with the millions of LAN, MAN, and WAN routers and switches already installed and mastered by IT professionals. Nishan Systems has been named to top company rankings in Computerworld, Red Herring Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and Nishan's IP Storage switches recently received the InfoWorld Readers' Choice Award for best new storage products. Nishan Systems, a full voting member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), is based in San Jose, California, and can be reached at www.NishanSystems.com and at +44 (0) 1344 742 873.

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