SOURCE: Availl

May 31, 2005 08:00 ET

Availl Debuts Wide Area File System (WAFS) Software With Industry's First Real-Time File Locking Coherence

Availl 3.0 Already Proven by PepsiCo, ThyssenKrupp, Other Fortune 100 Firms; Stores Globally, Instant Access Locally No Matter the Distance; Added Support for Even the Largest, Most Complex CAD Files

ANDOVER, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 31, 2005 -- Availl, Inc., a leading provider of storage mirroring software, announced the immediate availability of a new software product, Availl 3.0, that provides the industry's only wide area file system (WAFS) with real-time file locking and full coherence. Already deployed by PepsiCo and many among the Fortune 100, Availl provides file sharing and server-to-server mirroring across any distance, with full coherency and local file performance at true hard-drive access speeds. Availl 3.0 takes the WAFS product category to a new level by incorporating breakthrough technologies that let IT staff lower bandwidth by 95 percent while giving users at all remote offices local access speed because files are local to each office.

IT managers spent $1.7 billion in 2004 on a variety of approaches to address application acceleration issues on distributed computing networks.(1) With an estimated 75 percent of enterprise information assets stored outside the central data center, users are fed up with slow file access speeds across wide area networks (WANs), file conflicts, and being locked out of files that colleagues are updating. IT managers do not want to constantly increase line speeds. Distributing files among remote sites, or VPNs are common approaches to give file access, yet issues remain on how to assure users have the very latest files, quickly, without conflicts or bandwidth congestion.

With Availl 3.0, IT staffs can easily build networks that span continents yet deliver local disk performance -- even with the largest, complex CAD file directories. IT staffs can unite far-flung geographic locations so local users always get the most current files at disk speed, and aren't forced into "read only" access that limits their productivity. Running on existing Windows servers, with no change to the Windows file structure, Availl extends storage resources so users can share information and resources more effectively, and provide branch offices around the globe with identical files as they change.

Real-Time, No Matter the Distance

Availl 3.0 incorporates Availl's breakthrough approaches of real-time file locking and version coherence plus transferring only byte-level differences during multidirectional replication / mirroring which vastly decreases bandwidth. In Version 3.0, IT staffs gain

--  File coherence - made faster and better for high-latency situations,
    so users can never open an old file, and cannot conflict with edits made by
    a colleague. Even if a user on the other side of the globe closed a file
    one millisecond earlier, the next file open is always the latest version.
    File Lock coherence is also maintained in real time: The normal "file in
    use: open read-only?" will pop up whenever multiple users attempt to access
    the same file.
    
--  Bandwidth optimization: Since Availl transfers only the byte-level
    differences (compressed) as files change, bandwidth drops by 95 percent and
    more.
    
--  Exceptional speed. Availl 3.0 users have deployed the product in
    settings with over 1 million files, and great distances. Yet files open at
    local disk speed. Version 3.0 incorporates major new performance
    enhancements for fast startup, low CPU and memory use, and optimizing
    complex file & high-latency response no matter how many servers are part of
    the Wide Area File System.
    
--  Files open from the local file server disk. All files are actually
    fully mirrored to the local drive as they change anywhere. So they open at
    local hard drive speed, even in settings with massive numbers of files and
    large distance.
    
--  Transparency. Files remain in their existing Windows folders, and are
    100% fully usable, 24 x 7. Users access all files just as before; a
    critical deliverable for IT staffs.
    
--  Affordablility. Availl is a fast software download that installs onto
    any existing Windows machine in minutes, with no overhead and no
    requirements for dedicated appliances.
    
Wardrop Engineering: Real-Time File Locking Means A Competitive Edge

"Solutions that depend only on WAN optimization and compression simply break down over long distances. It is real-time file locking and local disk speeds that allowed us to create truly distributed project teams around the globe," said William Ip, CIO of Wardrop Engineering, a 600-person engineering firm with 10 offices in the U.S. and Canada, plus three overseas.

"Availl was the only vendor I found whose solution gave local access times, even on design files, with real-time file locking. Our company stretches from coast to coast, and our offices work with over 450,000 files taking 300 Gigabytes. By using Availl, our users work at local disk speeds at all offices, and avoid any conflicts that occur when other colleagues are accessing the same file. Whenever we open a new office we add Availl's software to the Windows server at the remote site. Its software truly helps us maintain a competitive edge because our staff can work productively on files that exist throughout the company, no matter where the files reside."

Pricing and Availability

Availl 3.0 is available now and is sold directly by Availl and resellers. It is priced starting at $1495. Trial downloads are available at www.avail.com.

About Availl

Founded in 2002, Availl provides Wide Area File System (WAFS) solutions for enterprises of all sizes. Availl's technology ensures that files exist in an almost limitless number of locations simultaneously, and in complete synchronization -- no matter where changes are made. Availl's products are built on unique real-time technology for efficient remote multi-directional mirroring performance, rapid data caching, and extreme data reduction, with complete real-time file coherence between remote sites. It creates a unified file system via LAN, VPN, or web (crossing firewalls). Availl also provides solutions for continuous data and database backup.

Headquartered in Andover, MA, Availl is privately held and has been consistently profitable for 2 years. Its large customer base includes major engineering design firms, financial service institutions, and many of the largest worldwide manufacturers among the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit www.availl.com.

(1) Forrester, "Application Acceleration Technologies," Thomas Mendel, Sept 10, 2004.

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