Auspex Network Servers Certified for Use in Informix Database Environments

Informix Databases Can Now Be Managed on Auspex Storage Appliances, Providing The Savings, Uptime & Data Consolidation Benefits of Network Attached Storage

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Auspex Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPX - news), a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions, today announced that its new NS3000 family of Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers has been certified for use in Informix database environments. The certification gives Informix users a high-performance storage option that delivers significant advantages over direct attached storage, including less expensive administration, data consolidation, and elimination of downtime normally required for expansion and backup/restore operations.

"Enterprises are migrating from direct attached storage to network attached storage for storing and serving their databases because of the clear advantages of the NAS architecture for data management as well as performance benefits unavailable in direct-attached mode," said Lawrence Didsbury, Manager of Strategic Alliances for Auspex Systems. "With this certification, the more than 100,000 organizations that operate in Informix environments can move to NAS storage with the assurance that their data is safe."

"Using a NAS device in place of external direct attached storage allows IT administrators to open up database storage to multiple database servers and even multiple operating systems if desired," said John Webster, senior analyst and IT advisor with technology research firm Illuminata Inc. "A single NAS appliance can replace multiple DAS devices, allowing administrators to reap the many benefits of storage consolidation."

Leveraging the capabilities of the NAS architecture, Auspex network servers permit data to be consolidated into a central storage pool rather than distributed in storage add-ons attached to each individual server. This reduces administrative costs by eliminating the need to support multiple storage sites. Additional savings are achieved by simplifying processes such as RAID configuration, backup and recovery that are extremely complex in direct-attached mode.

In addition, Auspex servers enable extra storage to be added and backup/restore operations to be performed without taking the system offline. This allows organizations to maintain 24x7x365 data availability that is not available with direct attached storage. Faster sequential reads, the ability to read ahead during contiguous block requests, and other data retrieval capabilities inherent to the NAS architecture maximize performance, offsetting the perceived advantages of direct-attached raw partitioning.

Auspex-exclusive capabilities such as a patented parallel processing architecture and file layout optimization offer additional performance benefits by helping speed data delivery to end users. Other advanced features available to Informix users who utilize Auspex file servers include:

     -- Industry-leading scalability, offering huge amounts of storage
        accessible on a single system and thereby simplifying administration
        by minimizing the number of file servers required to store enterprise

     -- Native cross-platform file sharing, enabling mixed UNIX and Windows
        environments to be managed without maintaining two separate sets of
        data and without the performance penalties and security violations
        that can occur when emulation software is used to share files across

     -- Exclusive high-speed parallel local backup, greatly reducing backup
        time by allowing multiple backup jobs to run on parallel processors
        simultaneously, as well as NDMP support for both local and remote
        backup operations.

     -- A unique implementation of point-in-time snapshots that facilitates
        disaster recovery by saving snapshots to different file systems than
        the original, thus permitting rapid rebuilds from snapshots instead of
        backup tapes if the original file system is corrupted.  Snapshots can
        be taken at any time, even while users are actively using the
        database, and are so fast that it may be practical to snapshot all
        database files several times a day.

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. For more information, call 800-4AUSPEX (800-428-7739) or 408-566-2000, or visit .

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