Network Appliance Offers VFM™ Software for Windows® Enterprises

Houston, TX and Sunnyvale, CA - October 2, 2002 -- NuView, Inc., a provider of software that simplifies enterprise storage, and Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, today announced an OEM agreement that enables Network Appliance to offer VFM™ (Virtual File Manager) file virtualization solution, also known as StorageX, for customers working in Windows environments.

For businesses today, the new solution offers the latest in advanced virtualization and remote administration of a storage network by enabling businesses to more easily manage, consolidate, and administer their storage deployments, more efficiently protect their data resources, and realize greater returns on storage investments with fewer IT staff.

VFM enables aggregation and centralized management of networked file storage, making it possible to transparently add new storage systems without having to reconfigure client machines. This enables the storage administrator to add, move, change, and/or consolidate storage without affecting users and without having to reconfigure clients. In addition, VFM enables Windows customers to automatically failover to the backup data center without losing client access to data. This eliminates any need for client reconfiguration or network rerouting, which reduces lapse time to seconds.

"We are delighted to extend our relationship with Network Appliance, the world's innovation leader in full-line enterprise storage solutions," said Rahul Mehta, CEO at NuView, Inc. "The VFM software creates an unbeatable storage management platform for customers using a Windows environment."

"Through our collaboration with NuView, we are eliminating the headaches typically associated with storage management by simplifying the process and seamlessly integrating our solution into the Windows environment," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "At the same time, we continue to lower TCO and increase ROI while satisfying customers' requests for scalable, networked storage solutions that are easy to deploy."

About NuView

NuView ( is a provider of software that simplifies enterprise storage. In partnership with some of the world's leading companies, NuView is delivering enterprise technology that makes it easier for companies to find and manage the information they need when they need it while also reducing the cost and complexity of networked storage. With an experienced management team drawn from leaders of the technology industry, NuView is a rapidly growing, privately held company with headquarters in Houston, Texas.

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance is a world leader in open network storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has pioneered technology, product, and partner firsts that continue to drive the evolution of storage.

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NuView, Inc.
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Network Appliance, Inc.
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