SOURCE: Data Domain

December 04, 2007 07:00 ET

Attune Systems and Data Domain Partner to Deliver Flexible, Cost-Effective Tiered Storage Management Solution

Interwoven Is First to Gain New Storage Efficiencies From the Newly Integrated File Virtualization and Deduplication Storage Products

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 4, 2007) - Storage Decisions -- Attune Systems, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class file virtualization solutions, and Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), a leading provider of Deduplication Storage systems, today announced the availability of an integration of Attune's Maestro File Manager™ and Data Domain's line of deduplication storage systems for a comprehensive tiered storage solution that lowers storage costs. The two companies also announced Interwoven as the first customer for the combined solution.

Enterprises are faced with an explosion in data growth, as well as increased compliance regulations, data protection requirements and the need for quick restoration and disaster recovery capabilities. The combined Attune/Data Domain solution offers an answer to these problems by applying Data Domain's deduplicated storage as a cost-effective target for a broad range of secondary or nearline workloads such as archiving, backup and DR. Attune's Maestro file virtualization product implements policy-based file management across the entire storage ecosystem, allowing files to be automatically placed in appropriate tiers at the time they are created and migrated to different tiers during the data lifecycle.

"Using our Data Domain system and Attune's Maestro File Manager in conjunction with our existing Network Appliance and Windows-based NAS allows us to implement a storage architecture using best-in class products," said Raymond Lockley, manager Core Systems at Interwoven. "With Maestro, we can transparently and non-disruptively ensure files are stored on the right platform based on performance, cost and availability requirements. Maestro treats our Data Domain system as a live file system storage tier. This allows us to cost effectively and efficiently deduplicate without impacting our user community."

"Data Domain's new support for a broad variety of nearline workloads beyond backup has moved deduplication into areas that were historically served only by standard filers or SAN storage," said Brian Biles, vice president of product management for Data Domain. "The combination of Attune and Data Domain will allow users to take advantage of the benefits of data deduplication and file virtualization in a highly integrated fashion."

Housing archive data and backup data on a Data Domain storage tier can result in substantial upfront savings compared to Tier-1 primary storage, and provides recurring savings through reduced utility costs. By maintaining archived data and other files (such as VMware virtual machine images, or ".vmdks") on a Data Domain storage tier, customers can achieve a number of additional efficiencies:

--  Store data in appropriate tiers while leveraging the benefits of
    automatic data deduplication
    
--  Implement nearline archiving transparently across multiple physical
    locations using automated policies
    
--  Leverage a common platform for both disk-based backup and archiving to
    reduce backup times, decrease time to recovery and increase storage
    optimization.
    

"We are excited to partner with Data Domain, a leader in deduplication storage systems," said Alan Kessler, CEO of Attune Systems. "This is a very powerful solution that offers our joint customers the opportunity to automatically place and migrate files among storage tiers, including those comprised of Data Domain systems. Data Domain systems deduplicate data inline and also compress the data transparently, allowing users to more efficiently optimize storage resources."

About Attune Systems

Attune Systems solutions reduce file management complexity for enterprise, government, and education storage environments while slashing operating costs and increasing scalability. The company's flagship product, the Maestro File Manager, is a file virtualization appliance that helps IT administrators discover, analyze, manage, and optimize their existing, heterogeneous file storage resources without impacting end users.

File virtualization is the low-risk, high-impact first step towards implementing an effective File Area Network (FAN). Attune's investors include Alloy Ventures, GF Private Equity Group, LLC, Quicksilver Ventures, Rock Creek Capital, RWI Ventures, Shea Ventures, and Shoreline Venture Management. For more information, please call 877-GO-ATTUNE (877-462-8886) or visit the company's website at www.attunesystems.com

ABOUT DATA DOMAIN

Data Domain® is a leading provider of Deduplication Storage systems for a broad range of nearline storage applications including disk backup, archiving and network-based disaster recovery. Over 1,200 companies worldwide have purchased Data Domain's storage systems to reduce costs and simplify data management. Data Domain delivers the performance, reliability and scalability to address the data protection needs of enterprises of all sizes. Data Domain's products integrate into existing customer infrastructures and are compatible with leading enterprise backup software products. To find out more about Data Domain, visit www.datadomain.com. Data Domain is headquartered at 2300 Central Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95050 and can be contacted by phone at 1-866-933-3873 or by e-mail at sales@datadomain.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or if they prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, such as statements regarding our products' ability to reduce the amount of stored back-up data and associated storage and utility costs and simplify and optimize data management and to provide faster access to data and recovery and advanced levels of data protection; cost-effectively support a broad range of nearline workloads beyond backup; and other statements that can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipated," "believed," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will" and "would" or similar words. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; market acceptance of our products; our ability to scale our distribution channels; our ability to compete in our industry; our ability to maintain and expand relationships with technology partners; our ability to recruit and retain qualified personnel and manage our growth; our ability to maintain effective internal controls; our dependence on a single product line; our ability to protect our intellectual property; claims by others that we may infringe their intellectual property; our dependence on sole or limited source suppliers; the ability of our contract manufacturer to perform as we expect; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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