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January 30, 2006
Storage:
Exanet, LeftHand Join Intel Storage Community

Exanet, a developer of software-based network-attached storage (NAS) solutions, announced it has joined the Intel Storage Community (ISC). Exanet has a strong commitment to providing leading-edge, standards-based solutions in the storage market segment with its investments in the next generation of platforms such as ExaStore 2.2.

Through its membership in the ISC, Exanet is able to benefit early from new Intel roadmaps for timely market delivery and joint activities in the strategic development of leading-edge storage solutions.

Exanet develops and markets a new breed of high-performance NAS solutions which, leveraging Intel technology, transform the economics of data center storage. Exanet's customers and partners include leading companies in the media, telecommunications, manufacturing and imaging markets.

"Our participation in the Intel Storage Community results in better and more timely storage solutions for our customers," said Per Sjofors, vice president of marketing and business development for Exanet Inc. "With access to a broad range of Intel standards-based building blocks, we can further accelerate time to market of innovative modular storage solutions."

The ExaStore data center storage solution is comprised of software and standard, off-the-shelf hardware. It offers record-breaking price performance, along with automation and secure, perpetual access to data, ensuring a worry-free storage environment. ExaStore can start small and expand on-the-fly, to meet any short or long-term business requirement. It fits into any working environment and enhances information sharing, for increased operational efficiencies and a competitive advantage.

"As a member of ISC, Exanet serves as a resource for storage developers and enterprise users seeking high-performance NAS solutions that are optimized for Intel Architecture storage platforms," said Mike Wall, general manager of marketing for the Intel Storage Group. "Exanet and Intel are committed to delivering new technologies that will enable better cost performance to meet the ever-increasing demand for data availability and protection."

LeftHand Networks, a provider of open iSCSI storage area network ( SAN ) solutions built using patented clustered network storage technology, has also joined the Intel Storage Community. LeftHand is delivering storage servers based on Intel Xeon processors enabled with its SAN/iQ software through OEM and value-added reseller partners.

"Smaller IT departments need easy-to-configure, easy-to-deploy, and easy-to-manage storage solutions based on industry-standard architectures," stated Robert Gray, research vice president of worldwide storage systems at IDC.  "The combination of LeftHand Networks' SAN/iQ clustered network storage software running on industry-standard servers powered by Intel® Xeon® processors is an important milestone to meet this need."

LeftHand's SAN/iQ runs on storage servers powered by Intel Xeon processors creating "storage modules," which are then aggregated together into a pool of storage managed from a single intuitive GUI. This unique architecture scales performance and redundancy as capacity is added to the SAN/iQ Cluster, resulting in a SAN storage offering that is flexible, scalable and cost-effective.

"Open iSCSI SAN solutions running on Intel-based standard storage servers keep end-users from being locked into one "proprietary" box or single vendors," stated Bill Chambers, CEO of LeftHand Networks. "This combination of capabilities provides customers with an ideal way to deploy a SAN solution, providing one pool of intelligent storage built from a single, industry-standard storage module or a grid of storage servers. We look forward to continuing to work with Intel to deliver open, reliable and easy to manage storage to help customers meet their demanding information management needs."

"Working with LeftHand Networks is an example of Intel's commitment to making storage less expensive and easier to deploy and manage," said Wall. "SAN solutions built on standard platforms are more cost-effective for customers and enable equipment makers to serve a broader base of users."