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Enterprise Storage Snapshots - 3/12/04 Page 2

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LeftHand Launches Windows Storage Server 2003-Powered SAN Filer

LeftHand Networks' new SAN Filer 100 is designed to seamlessly integrate file services into the LeftHand SAN solution, simplifying storage management and lowering the total cost of ownership for customers, according to the Boulder, Colo.-based company.

LeftHand SAN Filer 100

LeftHand SAN Filer 100

Built on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003, which LeftHand licenses from Microsoft, the SAN Filer 100 offers file and print services support for Microsoft Windows (SMB/CIFS), Unix/Linux (NFS), Apple (AppleTalk), HTTP, and Novell (NetWare) environments.

"Customers need the ability to support both the block-level requirements of many databases and applications, as well as file services, with the same storage solution," says Tom Major, vice president of marketing at LeftHand. "By purchasing the SAN Filer along with the LeftHand SAN, customers can simplify their environment and take advantage of the high availability, scalability, and manageability of the LeftHand SAN for both their block and file data."

The SAN Filer is available immediately, with pricing starting at $7,900. Pricing for the LeftHand SAN, which consists of SAN/iQ software and Network Storage Module (NSM) hardware, starts under $20,000. Additional information is available from the LeftHand Networks website.

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Iron Mountain Introduces Comprehensive E-Mail Management and Compliance Solution

Iron Mountain used this week's AIIM 2004 Conference and Expo as a forum for launching its new Enterprise E-Mail Management service for managing e-mail and addressing compliance requirements. The new solution supports Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes/Domino — as well as Instant Messaging — and augments the Boston, Mass.-based firm's existing E-mail Archiving service to help reduce customers' overall e-mail management and storage costs.

The service utilizes Legato's EmailXtender technology to analyze, capture, and forward specific mail server content to Iron Mountain's Web-based Digital Archive service, where it is indexed and securely stored. While records are stored off site in Iron Mountain's secure data center, end users can use their local Outlook or Notes Mail Client applications to immediately recall specific items.

"Courts and regulatory agencies agree that electronic records are accorded the same legal rights as paper records and are subject to the same retention requirements, and they are equally discoverable in cases of litigation and equally subject to government audit," says Pete Delle Donne, President of Iron Mountain Enterprise Solutions and Services division.

"At the end of the day," Donne continues, "Iron Mountain's Enterprise E-Mail Management service helps businesses meet these retention requirements, mitigate litigation discovery risks and expense, and reduce the cost of managing ever-increasing volumes of e-mail."

Additional information is available from the Iron Mountain website.

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Kashya's KBX4000 Hits the Reseller Circuit

Kashya's KBX4000, initially released last October, is now shipping in volume to the company's K-Partner VAR (value-added reseller) channel.

Kashya also announced this week that five new members have joined the K-Partner program: Source Enterprise Consulting, Cornerstone Systems, VeriStor Systems, Consilant, and Computer Resolutions. Additional K-Partner companies include Computacenter, SANZ, and RedBridge Solutions, Inc.

"Customers now have access to the advanced replication functionality of the KBX4000 through the industry's premier VARs, resulting in a powerful combination of best-of-breed technology and worldwide access to unparalleled expertise and resources," says Ken Epstein, VP of Sales at Kashya.

"The KBX4000 is one of the most exciting storage technologies we have seen in some time," says Steve Bishop, VP of Technology at storage integrator VeriStor Systems. "This solution makes enterprise-class replication a reality for organizations that have found previously available offerings too intrusive, complicated, or expensive. It fills a huge need and the response from our customers has been fantastic."

Pricing for the KBX4000 starts at about $25,000 per site, while Kashya reports a competitive system from EMC would cost about $200,000 for a 0.5 terabyte system — SRDF/TimeFinder software for about $65,000, and another $120,000 - $150,000 for the necessary hardware. Kashya also claims its appliance doesn't require additional hardware until about 10-12 terabytes, at which point the KBX4000 costs about $185,000, compared to $445,000 for an EMC system. [Additional Information]

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