Virtualization Appliance provides network file management.

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Designed to manage heterogeneous file server and file data resources, Maestro File Manager(TM) FM5500(TM) minimizes deployment risk by allowing administrators to incrementally deploy virtualization capabilities across existing file server and NAS infrastructure. It preserves client view of content while providing resource discovery, alerts, reporting, and proactive intervention. Maestro also provides data consolidation, automated NAS and file server tiering, file server load balancing, and pooling.



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Attune Systems Launches NAS Virtualization Appliance with Unmatched Functionality



Network File Management Solution Slashes Operating Costs, Optimizes Legacy Resources and Provides Low-Risk Deployment

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 9 / Attune Systems, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class Network File Management (NFM) solutions, today announced the Maestro File Manager(TM) FM5500(TM), providing unique and powerful new NFM functionality combined with the easiest and lowest-risk deployment options available on the market today. The solution dramatically reduces the complexity and cost of managing heterogeneous file server and file data resources without disrupting users or requiring risky cut-over deployments.

"With its launch of the Maestro File Manager, Attune raises the bar of functionality for effective NFM solutions," said Brad O'Neill, senior analyst, Taneja Group. "I was impressed that they not only have come to market with some powerful new functionality, but they also provide simple, incremental and low-risk deployment. Attune will definitely get enterprise customers' attention with the flexibility and capabilities of this offering."

Maestro minimizes the deployment risk, because it allows system administrators to incrementally deploy new, robust virtualization capabilities across their existing file server and NAS infrastructure by supporting three concurrent operational stages, including out-of-band discovery, native mode and extended mode. The solution preserves the client view of their content while providing significant cost saving policy-based management, in-depth resource discovery, alerts, reporting and proactive intervention to avoid disruption and preserve business continuity in a fashion that no other product can today. Maestro also provides important capabilities, including data consolidation, server retirement, automated NAS and file server tiering, global namespace, file server load balancing, and pooling in a unique and non-disruptive fashion.

"IT administrators are continuously looking for ways to manage their file servers while adding capacity and migrating data. The Maestro File Manager goes further in simplifying file storage management than any other NFM product on the market by virtualizing both files and shares across heterogeneous vendors and protocols," stated Alan Kessler, chief executive officer, Attune Systems. "For customers, this ultimately results in simpler management, higher service levels and lower cost. For resellers, the flexible scripting engine allows them to customize the platform for value-added services. Also, the discovery part alone is a door opener. They can go to their clients' sites, run the discovery tool and show them the management capabilities."

Customer and Reseller Reaction
Raymond Lockley, Senior System Administrator at Interwoven, a Provider of Enterprise Content Management Solutions

"Interwoven's datacenters have more than 225 heterogeneous file storage resources, including Windows, NetApp NAS devices, and more, totaling 6 TB of data spread across seven locations world-wide. The ability to move data around to optimize resource utilization and contain costs without impacting our complex end-user environment and end-user productivity is critical. We looked at the other NFM vendors over the past year, and, after extensive research and testing, found that Attune was more scalable, and had a superior, low-risk deployment methodology. In general, the other players are more complicated to deploy and require a high all-in investment that makes them too risky in our mission-critical environment. We gave products in this space a hard look under the hood and Attune is clearly solving an important problem the right way. The Maestro's low-risk, incremental deployment is also a unique and important capability when introducing a new technology such as this. It sealed the deal for us."

Gabi Abdo, IT Director at VCC, One of the Top Five National Contractors with Expertise in Retail Construction and Renovation

"Because of our continual data growth, the distributed nature of our storage resources, and the insufficient tools available today for understanding, managing and enforcing data management policies, it has been impossible to plan for coordinated growth while optimizing the use of our existing resources. We need a scalable and low-cost way to manage the expanding content in our file storage environment. Using the Maestro File Manager, we can automatically align our ever-changing data requirements with the appropriate tier of underlying storage resources. This allows us to tier and manage our file data on our heterogeneous storage resources in a simple and automated fashion, delivering an incredible return on investment. Attune not only provides terrific time and cost savings for us, but also gives us back control and understanding of our file usage. "

Yaser E. Wassef, COO of The Harding Group, System Integrator
"We are really impressed with Attune's Maestro File Manager and its highly responsive team. We've had an incredibly painless deployment and we found management to be very easy and intuitive. Attune's solution would be a great fit for any medium to large companies that wish to reap additional benefits from their existing storage resources."

Maestro Components
Maestro leverages core technologies to deliver an extensive range of unique and strategic NFM capabilities including Maestro Policy IQ(TM), Dual Path Access(TM), Adaptable Striping & Mirroring(TM), Volume Sets(TM), Dynamic Volume Expansion(TM), Small File Acceleration(TM), and Remote Scripting Engine(TM) for unmatched functionality, ease of deployment and to dramatically improve the ROI of existing file server resources.

Maestro Policy IQ
Maestro Policy IQ is the overarching intelligence behind the Maestro File Manager. It includes a number of capabilities, which are accessed and managed via the GUI, CLI or the Remote Scripting Engine.

o Manages, executes and enforces tiering and ILM-like policies for file data in order to optimize resource utilization, reduce management costs, and provide performance balancing and resiliency
o Automates reporting, alerts, and preventative measures to address performance, capacity, and availability issues across file storage resources

Maestro Dual Path Access
Maestro Dual Path Access allows clients to simultaneously access files in their native formats both directly to the file server and through Maestro, enabling gradual, low-risk deployments.

Maestro Adaptable Striping and Mirroring
Maestro Adaptable Striping and Mirroring provides configurable combinations of stripes and mirrors using policies on a per-file basis.

Maestro Volume Sets
Maestro Volume Sets combines multiple physical volumes into one or more virtual volume sets for maximum capacity utilization and load balancing.

Dynamic Volume Expansion
Maestro Dynamic Volume Expansion automatically adds capacity to a Maestro Volume Set without disrupting users.

Maestro Small File Acceleration
Maestro Small File Acceleration is a configurable feature that provides maximum possible performance for environments with a large number of small files.

Maestro Remote Scripting Engine
The Maestro Remote Scripting Engine enables enterprises to build custom data, handling policies using standard scripting languages combined with Maestro commands and XML-based reporting.

Pricing and Availability
The Maestro File Manager FM5500 is available now at an MSRP of US$44,995.

About Attune Systems
Attune Systems' Network File Management solutions reduce file management complexity for enterprise storage environments while slashing operating costs and increasing scalability. The company's flagship product, the Maestro File Manager(TM), is a NAS virtualization appliance that helps IT administrators discover, analyze, manage and optimize their existing, heterogeneous file storage resources without impacting end users. Attune's investors include Alloy Ventures, QTV Capital, Rock Creek Capital, Shea Ventures and Shoreline Venture Management. For more information, please call (408) 855-1015, 877-GO-ATTUNE or visit the company's website at www.attunesystems.com.

CONTACT: Daniel Liddle of Attune Systems, Inc., +1-408-855-1015, or dliddle@attunesystems.com

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