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Network Appliance(tm) SnapManager(r) 3.0 for Microsoft(r) Exchange Supports Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to Enhance Storage Capabilities

  • 13 October, 2003 14:34

<p>Dramatically Reduces Backup and Restore Times, Increases Productivity, and Integrates with New Microsoft Storage Management Features</p>
<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sydney - October 13, 2003</p>
<p>Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, has announced SnapManager 3.0 for Microsoft Exchange, which supports both Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000. SnapManager 3.0 for Microsoft Exchange is a comprehensive data management solution for hosting and automating backup and restoration of Microsoft Exchange-based storage groups.</p>
<p>SnapManager 3.0 significantly improves the availability, reliability and performance of Exchange environments by integrating NetApp(r) enterprise storage systems and data management software with Exchange Server 2003 or Exchange 2000 running on Windows( Server 2003 or Windows 2000. When using with Exchange 2003 and Windows 2003, SnapManager simplifies network storage deployments using Fibre Channel SAN or iSCSI over Ethernet. It enables near-instantaneous hot backups and near-online restores to deliver high levels of reliability, availability, and scalability at a low total cost of ownership (TCO).</p>
<p>"It is critical to our customers that we deliver products that seamlessly integrate into core Microsoft application architectures and storage technologies and we remain focused on delivering industry-leading storage solutions that demonstrate our commitment to the Windows platform," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "SnapManager 3.0 for Microsoft Exchange continues the NetApp history of offering compelling value to businesses deploying Microsoft applications."</p>
<p>"Microsoft is excited that storage vendors such as Network Appliance are leveraging the new Volume Shadow Copy Service in Windows Server 2003 to provide new backup options for Exchange customers," said Chris Baker, group product manager for Exchange. "By using the VSS framework, SnapManager 3.0 for Microsoft Exchange provides Exchange 2003 users with increased productivity, high availability and enhanced data management capabilities."
SnapManager 3.0 for Microsoft Exchange is integrated with Microsoft's support for Multipath I/O (MPIO) for resiliency in Fibre Channel SAN environments when deployed with NetApp(r) clustered storage. SnapManager 3.0 is also integrated with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) when deployed with Exchange Server 2003 on the Windows Server 2003 operating system. Microsoft VSS provides a standard way to integrate Exchange 2003 backup and recovery functionality with NetApp data management software, including Snapshot(tm) and SnapRestore(r). Rapid Snapshot technology-based online backups and rapid restores reduce backup times to seconds and reduce restore times from hours or days to just minutes, greatly increasing the amount of time business-critical services are available to users.</p>
<p>Microsoft has lowered the TCO of Exchange by providing new deployment tools, expanded management tools and full use of new Windows 2003 features, including VSS. NetApp enhances this TCO proposition by integrating its enterprise network storage solutions into Exchange. SnapManager facilitates simple, automated migration from direct-attached storage to networked storage. Networked storage reduces TCO by providing better investment protection and asset utilisation, while reducing storage management overhead and improving the efficiency of Exchange administrators. Additionally, administrators can consolidate storage attached to multiple Exchange-based servers for additional cost savings and ease of management. SnapManager 3.0 enables on-the-fly storage expansion while Exchange continues to run, reducing planned downtime and boosting availability.</p>
<p>Also available, Single Mailbox Recovery (SMBR) for Exchange software is a powerful tool for rapid recovery of single mailboxes, individual folders, or single messages from a SnapManager backup. SMBR saves time and money by completely eliminating the need for cumbersome and disk-intensive brick-level backups or investments in dedicated recovery server architectures.</p>
<p>SnapManager 3.0 for Microsoft Exchange will be available in the fourth calendar quarter of 2003. For more details on NetApp SnapManager, visit: www.netapp.com/products/filer/snapmanager.html</p>
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<p>About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts that continue to drive "The evolution of storage.(tm)" Information about Network Appliance solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.</p>
<p>Safe Harbour Statement under U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
The statement regarding availability of SnapManager 3.0 for Microsoft Exchange in the fourth quarter of 2003 is a forward-looking statement within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include any statement regarding future events or the future financial performance of Network Appliance, Inc. that involves risks or uncertainties. In evaluating these statements, readers should specifically consider various factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated, including without limitation: risk in delay of product development or release, customer demand for products and services, customer acceptance or product architectures, increased competition, and other important factors as described in Network Appliance, Inc. reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recently submitted 10-K and 10-Q.</p>
<p>NetApp, SnapRestore, and SnapManager are registered trademarks and Network Appliance, Snapshot, and The evolution of storage are trademarks of Network Appliance, Inc., in the United States and other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.</p>
<p>For Further Information please contact -
Harry Christian
Network Appliance, Inc.
tels +61 (0) 2 9779 5600 &amp; +61 (0) 407 100 666</p>
<p>Press contact -
Derek Evans
Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd
tels +61 (0) 2 9957 5555 &amp; +61 (0) 410 601 673
derek.evans@gne.com.au</p>

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