SOURCE: Stonefly, Inc.

September 12, 2006 09:00 ET

StoneFly Introduces High-Availability Storage Concentrators to Provide Industry's Highest Levels of IP SAN Redundancy

New iSCSI SAN Also Features 10GB Ethernet Support, Advanced Cluster Mirror Technology for Engine and Array Redundancy, and Industry's Most Economical Pricing

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2006 -- StoneFly™, Inc., a leading supplier of integrated IP storage area network (SAN) systems and a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF), today introduced the StoneFly Integrated-High Availability Storage Concentrator (HSC), a new line of IP SANs designed with the industry's highest levels of redundancy for maximum data protection. The HSC also represents the first brand name IP SAN to support 10GB Ethernet, and the first IP SAN to support cluster mirrors for engine and array redundancy. The system is offered at the industry's most economical price points to meet the needs of high-end users at every level, from small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to departmental applications and large enterprises.

The HSC-1420 is the first IP SAN system available as part of the new StoneFly product line. Designed as a simple, rapid to deploy IP SAN in a box, the HSC-1420 provides advanced functionality and storage scalability up to 10.5 TB in a single chassis. Featuring StoneFly's field-tested clustering technology, it offers mirroring at the hardware level to minimize downtime in all failure scenarios from the component level, to the system level and chassis level, resulting in a truly redundant and highly available solution not obtainable from any other IP SAN provider.

"The HSC was designed to offer the ultimate in data protection for those high-end users whose storage requirements demand maximum redundancy," said Mo Tahmasebi, CEO of DNF. "As StoneFly continues to break new ground with IP SAN advancements, such as 10GB Ethernet support and unsurpassed redundancy, the HSC is yet another proof point that our number one concern is meeting the data availability needs of our customers."

For further system-level redundancy, HSC-1420 systems can be augmented with an additional StoneFly i3000 Storage Concentrator, which can take over services in case of any failure on the built-in Storage Concentrator engine. A second HSC-1420 may also be added to a customer configuration to offer Storage Concentrator engine redundancy as well as data mirroring, creating a solution with truly no single point of failure.

Each HSC-1420 storage array comes with an abundance of built-in high-reliability features, including advanced sub-array support with true RAID data protection built with the latest Serial ATA high-speed disk drives, and redundant power and cooling. The system also supports RAID Levels 1,5,6 and 10 for flexibility in configuration. To provide enterprise-class functionality, StoneFly also offers a wide range of software and hardware options, such as Continuous Data Protection and D2D Backup.

Based on the extensible StoneFusion® 5.0 operating system, the HSC-1420 also delivers best in class flexibility and performance, providing an enterprise-class IP SAN solution that can grow with an organization's needs. Advanced storage management functions, such as synchronous mirroring and campus mirroring, are available through StoneFly Reflection and StoneFly Snapshot, offered as standard, built-in features of the HSC-1420. Additionally, via StoneFusion, HSC Storage Concentrators provide storage provisioning to present SAN storage to hosts as local disks.

Available in September 2006, the HSC-1420 is priced starting at $18,800. All HSC configurations include an integrated StoneFly Storage Concentrator engine and storage; StoneFly Snapshot and Reflection synchronous mirroring software; block-level virtualization; Stonefly clustering; and StoneFusion 5.0, which offers comprehensive storage services such as centralized storage management, storage consolidation, access control, volume management, IP SAN provisioning, and built-in reporting.

About StoneFly, Inc. and Dynamic Network Factory, Inc.

StoneFly, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, was founded in April 2000 to deliver upon the vision of simple and affordable storage optimization and disaster recovery protection through IP SAN solutions. StoneFly is a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF), a leading maker of high-performance network attached storage, storage area networks, RAID and iSCSI systems. For more information on StoneFly, please visit www.stonefly.com or www.iscsi.com/.

Founded in 1989, Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF) is a privately held company based in the Silicon Valley (Hayward, Ca.). DNF carries a variety of products to assist companies in meeting their mission-critical storage needs with cost-effective, high performance solutions. DNF started as a U.S. subsidiary of the publicly traded Japanese IT conglomerate, CSK Electronics, in 1989. In 1998, the company refined its strategy and began to focus the hardware group on storage solutions. Within a year, DNF's rapid growth resulted in its emergence as an independent, privately held spin-off. In 2006, DNF completed its acquisition of StoneFly Networks, an iSCSI storage pioneer and developer of complete, turnkey IP SAN solutions. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of DNF Corporation, StoneFly, Inc. is headquartered in San Diego.

Since its inception, DNF has designed custom solutions for organizations of all sizes and built products for many major computer manufacturers. DNF has more than 20,000 customers ranging from consumers and small-to-medium businesses, to government agencies, universities, hospitals, financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Key customers include UC Berkeley, MIT, the Federal Aviation Administration, FBI, Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Citibank, Wells Fargo, Fujitsu, Honda Corporation of America, SBC, BAE Systems, and General Dynamics. For more information, visit www.DNFstorage.com

StoneFly, StoneFusion, StoneFly Reflection, StoneFly Snapshot and Storage Concentrator are trademarks or registered trademarks and the property of StoneFly, Inc. All other company and product names contained herein are property of their respective owners.

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