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Precise: policy-based SRM solution for Network Appliance USS.

Precise Software Solutions (Nasdaq:PRSE) has announced the release of Precise/StorageCentral SRM 5.1, an enhanced version of the company's industry-leading, policy-based Storage Resource Management (SRM) solution. Precise/StorageCentral SRM 5.1 dramatically expands Precise's market reach beyond Windows-based support to support for Network Appliance (NetApp) storage solutions, which support heterogeneous storage environments for a variety of data-intensive enterprise applications.

In 2001, Precise and NetApp formed a strategic alliance to jointly develop this technology, giving Precise early access to NetApp development tools through the Network Appliance Advantage Developer Program which debuted in October 2002. No other SRM company can offer Precise's patented and award-winning policy-based storage resource management technology for NetApp storage systems running on Data ONTAP V. 6.4.

"Precise/StorageCentral SRM is a clear leader in this space, offering significant benefits to our customers," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance, Inc. "Therefore, we are pleased to broaden our enterprise portfolio by introducing our customers to Precise's policy-based SRM software. Having the ability to monitor and enforce storage usage policies and plan and manage capacity through ActiveHTML trending, chargeback, and cleanup reports enables our customers to optimize their storage systems and further lower their overall storage total cost of ownership."

"This is a significant announcement for both vendors," said Nancy Marrone, senior analyst at Enterprise Storage Group, Milford Mass. "NetApp has great NAS (Network Attached Storage) solutions, but they didn't address some of the key issues with managing files in the NAS environment, particularly those that can be addressed with SRM solutions. With the StorageCentral SRM solution from Precise, NetApp storage users will be able to better manage and control the content on their storage systems, ensuring effective utilization of the storage resources."

"We are thrilled to have expanded our offering of real-time SRM solutions into the NetApp enterprise storage solutions market," said Najaf Husain, president, SRM Division at Precise Software Solutions. "Broadening our scope by offering NetApp customers the same functionality as our market-leading real-time and policy-based Windows SRM is a natural evolution of our award-winning technology. NetApp storage customers can now receive the same benefits and high return on investment as our thousands of Windows SRM customers have realized."

Precise/StorageCentral SRM has enabled thousands of companies in 50 countries, including 80 of the Fortune 100, to improve the performance, availability, and efficiency of storage devices through a combination of patented, policy-based technologies. The product employs a patented TruStor real-time I/O filter driver technology to set and enforce quotas on storage usage, prevents unwanted file types from wasting storage space, and uses web-based "ActiveReports" to enable fast and easy file cleanup. Companies using StorageCentral SRM today enjoy a 25% reduction in manual administrative storage management, and 100% elimination of storage outages related to exceeded capacity situations. The technology also enables enforcement of data retention policies as well as policies regarding inappropriate or copyrighted materials being stored on company storage devices.

Precise Software Solutions (Nasdaq:PRSE) headquartered in Westwood, MA, delivers Precise i3, a comprehensive solution for Application Performance Management that focuses directly on the end-user experience and delivers a rapid return on technology investments. By continuously monitoring and analyzing all vital components of the application infrastructure, "from URL to SQL and Beyond", Precise i3 proactively detects and corrects the root causes of performance degradation before they affect response times. Precise i3 identifies trends and deviations from the norm, delivering the right balance of performance optimization and strategic business planning.

More than 6,000 leading enterprises worldwide, including 80% of the Fortune 100, are using Precise's solutions to help maximize their technology investments and meet their business goals. Precise has offices throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Far East and Pacific Rim, as well as a global network of resellers and distributors.
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Title Annotation:Precise Software Solutions' Precise/StorageCentral SRM 5.
Comment:Precise: policy-based SRM solution for Network Appliance USS.(Precise Software Solutions' Precise/StorageCentral SRM 5.1)
Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Mar 10, 2003
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