Tek-Tools Ships Cross-Vendor Storage Resource Management Solution for Network Appliance™ Storage Devices

Dallas, TX - February 27, 2002 -- Tek-Tools, Inc., an innovative provider of XML-based software solutions, today announced the availability of Storage Profiler 1.2, a high-performance, Web-based storage resource management (SRM) solution, with enhanced support for NetApp® filers. Tek-Tools also announced today that it has joined the Network Appliance Advantage program sponsored by Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP), the leading provider of network-attached data access and content delivery solutions. The Network Appliance Advantage program enables partners to jointly develop and deliver the best possible business solutions to Network Appliance customers.

"Network Appliance is on the forefront of data access and content delivery in large-scale enterprises," said Ken Barth, president of Tek-Tools. "These environments are invariably heterogeneous and in various stages of implementation. Network Appliance not only understands but is committed to helping Advantage partners like Tek-Tools deliver cross-vendor management capabilities to customers, giving them a total solution."

Tek-Tools' Storage Profiler 1.2 is an enterprise-level solution providing automated usage trend reporting, capacity planning, and real-time monitoring for network-attached storage (NAS) resources, providing a well-planned migration path from direct-attached storage (DAS) to networked storage architectures. Storage Profiler 1.2 is a cross-vendor software suite that makes it easier for businesses to more efficiently manage the servers, databases, and storage components supporting mission-critical applications, backup processes, and disaster recovery operations.

"Enterprise customers are constantly looking for ways to reduce management complexity and lower TCO. SRM tools, like those from Tek-Tools, offer advanced administrative and reporting functionality that simplifies the overall storage management process," said Mike Marchi, senior director of enterprise marketing at Network Appliance. "The Network Appliance Advantage program ensures seamless technology interoperability and together with Tek-Tools enables enhanced SRM solutions for more detailed levels of information and asset management of NetApp storage."

"Organizations must become more efficient and make more informed decisions about how to meet growing storage requirements," said John McArthur, group vice president of Storage Research at IDC, "but many lack both the resources and the time. Storage Profiler, with device specific information for NetApp filers, offers companies customizable yet easy-to-use management and forecasting tools for heterogeneous storage environments that reduce costs and avoid unpleasant surprises associated with inadequate planning."

Storage Profiler saves IT organizations money by identifying wasted storage and by sending warnings when systems approach capacity or performance limits. The product helps reduce labor costs by simplifying the process of monitoring and reporting on system and storage resources. Storage Profiler supports a variety of environments including Sun® Solaris™, Microsoft® Windows NT® and Windows® 2000, Novell® NetWare, and Oracle®.

Storage Profiler Version 1.2 is available from Tek-Tools now. Pricing starts at $3,000 per Network Appliance filer. Organizations interested in evaluation copies are encouraged to contact Tek-Tools at contact@tek-tools.com.

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance, Inc., a leader in network data storage and content delivery, has been providing data access solutions since 1992, and is a member of both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100 index. Major corporations and service providers, including Citicorp Securities, Lockheed, Merrill Lynch, Oracle, Texas Instruments, and Yahoo!, utilize NetApp global data management solutions.

The company pioneered the concept of the "network appliance," an extension of the industry trend toward dedicated, specialized products that perform a single function. NetApp storage and content delivery platforms (filers and NetCache® appliances) are coupled with powerful content distribution and reporting software. This Center-to-Edge™ solution offers seamless data management from the back-end data center to the edge of the network quickly, simply, and reliably. The Network Appliance product portfolio utilizes the company's innovative data access software, known as the Data ONTAP operating system, as well as standards-compliant hardware. It also offers multiprotocol support and transparent integration for UNIX® and Windows environments.

About Tek-Tools

Tek-Tools, Inc. is an innovative provider of XML-based software solutions for multi-vendor environments. Tek-Tools possesses expertise in critical areas including Java, XML, CIM, SNMP, and reporting. Tek-Tools' mission is to address "where storage and networking meet™" by delivering easy-to-use, quality products that provide organizations with tangible economic return. Headquarters are located at 4319 Alpha Road, in Dallas, Texas 75244; (972) 980-2890, or visit the Website at www.tek-tools.com.

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Tek-Tools, Inc.
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