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Network Appliance Licenses Microsoft Streaming Media Technologies

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Network attached storage (NAS) provider Network Appliance, Inc. today announced it has signed a multiyear agreement with Microsoft Corp. to license the latest Windows Media(TM) technology.

Network Appliance said this will enable it to deliver live and on-demand streaming media solutions for enterprises and service providers. Microsoft will work with Network Appliance to integrate Windows Media with NetCache(R) appliances.

"Our goal is to make streaming media a part of every enterprise infrastructure, delivering training and corporate announcements in the most timely and efficient way possible. We are continuing to support leading caching appliance and content delivery enablers including Network Appliance to drive the rapid adoption of high-quality Windows Media technology around the world," said Jonathan Usher, group manager for the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft.

"Network Appliance continues to expand its relationship with Microsoft by licensing technologies that deliver high-quality, end-to-end streaming media solutions," said Ray Villeneuve, vice president of strategic marketing at Network Appliance. "Enterprises demand their IT infrastructures integrate seamlessly, no matter which vendor they are using. Our Center-to-Edge solutions deliver powerful functionality that simplifies the global data management process for enterprises, and our strengthened relationship with Microsoft delivers on our promise to work effortlessly with all our valued partners."

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