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NetApp Storevault and AZALEOS get the Message, Deliver Improved Quality and Reliability for SMB Microsoft Exchange Environments

  • 23 April, 2007 13:34

<p>StoreVault S500 and Azaleos OneServer and OneStop Services Enable Fortify Software to Expand its Business and Improve Employee Productivity</p>
<p>Sydney, AUSTRALIA — 23 April 2006 — StoreVault, a NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) division, today announced it is teaming with Azaleos Corporation, a leading provider of managed, turnkey messaging solutions, to provide small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with the only enterprise-class managed messaging solution to improve the reliability, availability, and scalability of Microsoft Exchange Server environments.</p>
<p>The Azaleos OneServer appliance and OneStop managed services offer unmatched uptime, proactive monitoring by Exchange experts, patch management, system fixes, and reporting for SMB customers who want to “set and forget” their Exchange Server environments. The Azaleos OneServer combined with the StoreVault S500 simplifies storage system protection, data backup and recovery, and capacity provisioning. Just as StoreVault simplifies the storage environment, Azaleos does the same for Exchange with a solution that delivers uninterrupted messaging, reduction in messaging expenses and disaster recovery capabilities, while giving customers full control of their messaging environment. The StoreVault S500 and data protection software is the cornerstone to the OneServer infrastructure, enabling the Exchange environment to be backed up, replicated, and restored with next to zero downtime.</p>
<p>Messaging is critical for effective communication in today’s demanding SMB environment. SMB IT generalists are continually seeking to improve the quality and reliability of their messaging environments, but most don’t have the resources to make Exchange Server a core competency. In fact, most SMBs are looking for ways to improve the management and maintenance of Exchange Server.</p>
<p>Furthermore, messaging is a valuable asset for SMBs who require that their storage be physically located onsite to ensure the security of their data. Therefore, Exchange hosting, or physically locating messaging offsite, is not an option for most SMBs.</p>
<p>“Microsoft Exchange is essential to businesses of all sizes,” said Phil Van Etten, CEO, Azaleos. “SMB IT managers face the same pressures as datacentre operators when solving application availability issues, including relentless capacity growth, server uptime, disaster recovery, and compliance regulations. An Azaleos OneServer combined with a StoreVault meets the budgetary and reliability needs of smaller firms.”</p>
<p>Fortify Software, a leading software security company, needed to ensure employee access to messaging to support the company’s rapidly expanding business. Fortify employees were often on the road travelling and needed access to Exchange not only from Outlook running on their laptops, but also from mobile devices and web browsers – anytime, anywhere. Given the company’s growth rate, the IT department needed a solution that could scale to meet future needs while still providing the mobile access its employees needed today.</p>
<p>“A growing number of SMBs similar to Fortify Software are realising that hiring experts to manage their mission-critical applications will increase employee productivity while reducing IT costs,” said Kevin Connell, chief technology officer of Endurics, a value-added reseller based in Oregon. “A messaging system that acts like a utility lets Fortify focus on their core business objectives and maximise their resources. We are seeing more and more requests for offloading the management and maintenance of Exchange through managed services from our customers.”</p>
<p>“The Azaleos OneServer with the StoreVault S500 is truly the Ferrari of Exchange solutions – we went from zero to highly-available messaging in under 60 minutes!” said Jack Marshall, vice president of operations at Fortify Software. “Azaleos’ high performing, tuned, and robust solution for Microsoft Exchange has let our quickly growing company eliminate the cost of messaging server downtime and it has improved employee productivity. In addition, given that we are a security company that works with clients on the most critical aspects of their businesses, we are able to keep messaging content in-house.”</p>
<p>The StoreVault S500 provided Fortify Software an enterprise-proven storage technology platform from network storage leader, NetApp, which was affordable and easy-to-use. The StoreVault S500 allows storage to be added or allocated on the fly without disruption to operations. In addition, the StoreVault S500 enables faster backup and recovery for a higher degree of data reliability. With a single purchase, the highly scalable StoreVault S500 guaranteed Fortify Software the performance, security, scalability, and future investment protection necessary for their rapidly expanding company.</p>
<p>“We completely updated our Exchange infrastructure leveraging the best practices of Microsoft and our trusted Exchange experts,” said Marshall. “We now have a clustered server and network storage infrastructure that provides a fully integrated, turnkey Exchange solution. StoreVault and Azaleos provided a powerful formula to improve the availability, performance, and security of our Exchange environment, while giving us investment protection for the future as our business expands. Also, the StoreVault Advanced Protection Architecture and RAID-DP provided industry-leading disaster recovery capabilities, allowing our Exchange environment to be backed up, replicated and restored with next to zero downtime.”</p>
<p>“Time is money for any business, especially SMBs, so it is important for SMBs to adequately address the stability of their Exchange environment to focus on IT issues that promote business profitability,” said Sajai Krishnan, general manager of StoreVault. “Our relationship with Azaleos adds great value to IT generalists within SMBs who are tasked with taming their Exchange environments. The combination of Azaleos’ services along with the StoreVault storage solution helps SMBs sleep at night and not worry about phone calls or surprises related to the Exchange server being down.”</p>
<p>Price and Availability</p>
<p>Azaleos OneServer, including the StoreVault S500 and OneStop services is available immediately from Azaleos VARs. Pricing is available directly from Azaleos VARs.</p>
<p>About Azaleos Corporation</p>
<p>Azaleos provides the only enterprise-class managed messaging solutions that combine a Microsoft Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2007 appliance with 24x7 remote management and maintenance, ensuring high reliability, availability, and performance for our customers' Exchange environments. Azaleos is based in Redmond, Washington and was founded by Exchange experts in 2004. Azaleos is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner. For more information, visit</p>
<p>About StoreVault</p>
<p>StoreVault, a NetApp division, is focused on delivering data storage solutions tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. StoreVault combines enterprise-proven technology from Network Appliance, a world leader in unified storage solutions for today’s data-intensive enterprise, with the scalability, simplicity, security, and affordability required by SMBs. Information about StoreVault solutions and resellers is available at .</p>
<p>About Network Appliance</p>
<p>Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today’s data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at .</p>
<p>NetApp is a registered trademark and Network Appliance, StoreVault and RAID-DP are trademarks of Network Appliance, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.</p>
<p>Press Contacts:</p>
<p>Mark Heers
Director Marketing and Alliance
Network Appliance
+61 2 9779 5623</p>
<p>Rachel York
Max Australia
+61 2 9954 3492</p>

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