LeftHand Networks Expands Open iSCSI SAN Portfolio; SAN/iQ Now Supports World's Top Three Server Vendors -- Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM



    Clustered Storage Software, SAN/iQ, to Be Field Integrated Into Dell
PowerEdge 2950 and Available Exclusively Through LeftHand Networks Channel
Partners

    BOULDER, COLO., December 18 /CNW/ - LeftHand Networks(R), the leading
provider of highly available open iSCSI SANs, today announced that it has
expanded its open iSCSI SAN portfolio with support for the Dell PowerEdge
2950. With this addition, LeftHand Networks' SAN/iQ(R) clustered storage
software supports each of the major server vendors: Dell, Hewlett-Packard and
IBM. The open iSCSI portfolio complements the recently announced
LeftHand-branded NSM storage products as well as the LeftHand Virtual Storage
Appliance (VSA), and provides the company's channel partners with maximum
platform choice and flexibility for their customers' SAN deployments.

    According to IDC, in the first quarter of 2007, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and
Dell accounted for more than 70 percent of global x86 server sales. Combining
LeftHand Networks' SAN/iQ software with an x86 server converts that server
into an iSCSI storage node that delivers enterprise-class SAN capabilities
when clustered.

    "We view LeftHand Networks' SAN/iQ software support of the three
market-leading server vendors as a huge plus, providing additional choice and
flexibility for our customers," said Bill Stith, managing director, global
storage services at Incentra Solutions. "The addition of the Dell PowerEdge
2950 expands our market opportunity into new accounts, increases demand for
integration services and provides an ideal SAN solution for our customers who
prefer Dell servers or who have standardized on the Dell server platform.
Incentra Solutions looks forward to offering LeftHand's full suite of products
from its HP, IBM and Dell open-platform SAN solutions to its refreshed NSM
product portfolio and virtual SAN solutions."

    The combination of the Dell PowerEdge 2950 server and LeftHand Networks'
award-winning storage management software provides customers an
easy-to-deploy, highly available SAN complete with SAN/iQ's rich feature set,
advanced data protection and centralized management. Customers purchase SAN/iQ
exclusively through LeftHand channel partners and acquire the PowerEdge 2950
from Dell. A LeftHand channel partner then integrates SAN/iQ onto the
PowerEdge 2950 at the customer site, providing a robust, value-driven
solution.

    "As we standardize our data center virtualization architecture on Dell
server platforms, Enterasys is pleased that LeftHand Networks has expanded its
SAN/iQ software support to include the Dell PowerEdge 2950," said Dan Petlon,
vice president system quality and IT at Enterasys. "We recently deployed a
highly available 90 Terabyte iSCSI SAN using the combined SAN/iQ and Dell
PowerEdge servers connected via cost-effective Gigabit Ethernet. This allows
us to leverage our existing Dell investments and realize significant economies
of scale while reducing storage cost and complexity."

    The combined Dell PowerEdge 2950 with SAN/iQ software comes in three
configurations; 1.8 TB 15K SAS, 3.0 TB SATA, and 4.5 TB SATA, each with 6 hot
swappable disk drives; centralized SAN/iQ management and a full feature set
that includes advanced thin provisioning 2.0; snapshots; distributed
clustering; synchronous multi-site SAN replication; asynchronous remote copy
replication; volume migration and volume cloning.

    "We are pleased to extend SAN/iQ support to the Dell PowerEdge 2950.
Supporting the three market-leading server vendors as part of our 'open-iSCSI'
initiative enables our channel partners to satisfy any hardware brand
preference that a customer may have," said Larry Cormier, vice president of
marketing, LeftHand Networks. "Combined with our recently announced
LeftHand-branded NSMs and the LeftHand Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA), we now
offer the most comprehensive portfolio of IP-based shared storage solutions in
the industry. And, by allowing a customer's business needs to properly drive
their storage hardware decisions, LeftHand Networks continues to make storage
networking easier than ever."

    Availability

    SAN/iQ software is currently available as a field integration offering
through LeftHand Networks' resellers and VARs in the United States and Canada,
and value added distributors throughout Europe. The suggested retail price of
SAN/iQ for the PowerEdge 2950 is $9,995.

    About LeftHand Networks

    LeftHand Networks pioneered IP-based storage area networks (SAN) in 2001.
SANs built using LeftHand's SAN/iQ(R) software are uniquely able to distribute
and protect data across a cluster of industry-standard storage servers. The
company's patented architecture increases data availability, allows users to
start small and grow the SAN seamlessly, and simplifies management. The
LeftHand SAN is ideal for storage and server consolidation, multi-site SANs,
and disaster recovery. For more information, contact LeftHand at
info@lefthandnetworks.com.




For further information:

For further information: Ignite Consulting Linda Dellett, 303-439-9398
LeftHand@igniteconsultinginc.com Kathleen Sullivan, 303-439-9365
LeftHand@igniteconsultinginc.com

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