Syncsort's Backup Express Certified by Network Appliance for Data ONTAP™

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey - December 15, 2003 -- Backup Express, the leading backup and restore solution for heterogeneous networks from Syncsort Incorporated, has been certified for NetApp® Data ONTAP 6.4.2 from Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP). Network Appliance is a leader in enterprise network storage, while Syncsort is a leading developer of high-performance data management and data protection software for UNIX, Windows, Linux, Netware, and mainframe environments.

This certification allows customers using Backup Express software to have full confidence in working with NetApp enterprise storage solutions running the latest Data ONTAP software and can seamlessly integrate NetApp's NearStore and Filer platforms into their backup planning. The combination of Backup Express and NetApp delivers a highly scalable data and storage management solution that is easy to deploy and manage, while less expensive to operate.

"Backup Express and Network Appliance worked together to fulfill customers' needs for proven, trustworthy data storage and protection solutions," explained Rich Boberg, Sr. Director Technology Partnering at Network Appliance. "We understand that customers rely on dependable data protection to safeguard their critical business information and continue their business operations."

"This certification of Backup Express assures our customers who currently have Data ONTAP that NetApp's NearStore and Filer platforms have been well-tested with Backup Express and will provide highly reliable enterprise storage solutions," says Winston W. Hait, senior product manager at Syncsort.

About Backup Express

Backup Express is an enterprise-wide backup and restore solution designed for UNIX, Linux, Windows, and NetWare environments and provides support for the broadest range of technologies and platforms. Backup Express is the only solution that supports any combination of UNIX, Linux, Windows, Netware, and NDMP/NAS in a SAN, performs backup of all data directly across the fibre network, dynamically shares all tape drives, and controls this single enterprise environment with a single catalog and easy-to-use GUI. Backup Express supports File History and DAR and NetApp® Snap Mirror to Tape. Backup Express also supports all eight NDMP incrementals. This provides for complete flexibility when backing up NDMP/NAS devices.

Backup Express's distributed architecture allows it to back up to any device in the network whether it is running UNIX, Linux, Windows, or NetWare, while maintaining a single central catalog for the entire enterprise. Backup Express can attach tape drives, including large automated libraries, at any server on the enterprise; dynamically allocate drives within a SAN; keep sensitive data off the network; and allow on-line backups of large database servers such as Oracle, SAP, MS Exchange, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and Lotus Notes.

About Syncsort

Syncsort Incorporated is a leading developer of high-performance data management and data warehousing software for mainframe, UNIX, and Windows environments. For more than 35 years, Syncsort has built a reputation for superior product performance and reliable technical support. An independent market research firm has named Syncsort as one of the top Data Warehouse 100 Vendors for six years in a row and the company was recently chosen as the leading provider of Data Acquisition and Integration products. Over 95 percent of the Fortune 100 companies are Syncsort customers, and Syncsort's products are used in more than 50 countries to back up and protect data in distributed environments, speed data warehouse processing, improve database loads and speed query processing. For more information, visit the Syncsort web site at www.syncsort.com.

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