Mustang Engineering Wins Storage Networking World's "Best Practices in Storage" Award for Its Implementation of NuView's File Lifecycle Manager with Network Appliance Solutions

Sunnyvale, Calif. and Houston, Texas - April 6, 2004 -- NuView Inc.®, a provider of market-leading data lifecycle management solutions, and Network Appliance, Inc.™ (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, today announced that their mutual customer, Mustang Engineering, a member of the multinational Wood Group PLC (LSE: WG), has been recognized by IDG's Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), as a winner of the "Best Practices in Storage" Award Program for Data Lifecycle Management (DLM). This award recognizes the Mustang DLM solution featuring NuView's File Lifecycle Manager™ (FLM), a policy-based data management solution that manages the lifecycle of files, and Network Appliance storage systems. The award will be presented during a special awards ceremony at Storage Networking World (SNW) Spring 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 7, 2004.

Mustang Engineering won this award based on its consolidation of large amounts of older or seldom used data onto a simpler, highly available storage system, while maintaining easy user access to the data throughout its lifecycle. Mustang chose NuView's FLM to manage the lifecycle of files based on their attributes and access patterns along with innovative features including ease of implementation, user-level transparency, and zero disruption to existing applications and data management processes. The NetApp® storage systems were used to increase availability, reduce complexity, and enable Mustang to add storage capacity without disruptions or downtime. The combined solution resulted in a lower total cost of ownership by reducing overhead and administration costs and an increase in the return on investment on the company's existing infrastructure.

Gene Atterberry, manager of Information Systems at Mustang Engineering, said, "In addition to solving our data management issues, the NuView and NetApp solution addressed our business issues by eliminating the need to purchase additional hardware. This is critical because Mustang is a project-billable organization, and large expenditures for network and storage equipment are not reimbursable to its clients. This means that Mustang must cover the expense to store this immense amount of data. We can now cap those dollars off by using a large, less expensive solution that delivers ROI within six months."

"We applaud Mustang for achieving this distinction with its implementation of File Lifecycle Manager," said Rahul Mehta, CEO of NuView, Inc. "Mustang is clearly a business leader in its industry, and that leadership extends to its IT infrastructure, which boasts a remarkably low per-capita expense. FLM strengthens Mustang's IT infrastructure by helping them achieve a business-to-storage mapping, in turn generating significant cost savings."

"Mustang clearly understands the value of having storage solutions that can accommodate the exponential growth of data and need to retain and access it throughout its lifecycle," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of Marketing at Network Appliance. "We congratulate them for succeeding at gaining greater return on investment for their infrastructure and lowering their total cost of ownership."

About the "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program

The "Best Practices in Storage" Award Program honors companies with unique storage solutions in five categories: Systems Implementation, Storage Reliability and Data Recovery, Innovation and Promise, Industry Regulation Compliance and Corporate Governance, Data Lifecycle Management. Two co-winners and one honorable mention in each category will receive their awards at an onstage Awards Program at Storage Networking World Spring on April 7, 2004.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of IT management. Through its weekly print publication, website, focused conference series and custom research, Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network. Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence in the past five years, including a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage," 22 ASBPE awards and BtoB Magazine's "Media Power 50" in 2003. In print since 1967, Computerworld currently has a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of 1,869,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.10.0), and an online audience of over 900,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT management are available at

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at

About the Storage Networking Industry Association

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization made up of more than 300 companies and individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For further information, visit

About Mustang Engineering

Mustang Engineering, a Wood Group company, is an independent services provider to the domestic and international oil, gas, and chemical industries. Mustang specializes in design, engineering, procurement, project management, and construction management of upstream oil and gas facilities and structures, midstream projects, process plants, petrochemicals and chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pipelines, and automation and control projects. Capabilities range from feasibility studies through startup for both onshore and offshore projects. Mustang has offices in Houston, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Birmingham, Alabama; Savannah, Georgia; Monroe, Louisiana; Columbus, Ohio; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About NuView

NuView, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a leading provider of storage management solutions that simplify the management of distributed file storage. In partnership with some of the world's leading companies, including Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), NuView is delivering enterprise software that makes it easier for companies to find and manage the information they need while reducing the cost and complexity of networked storage management. Information about NuView's solutions can be found at

File Lifecycle Manager™ (FLM) is a policy-based data management solution that manages the lifecycle of files located on high-performance NetApp storage systems. FLM enables IT to perform various data management actions on their file data based on data's access patterns, attributes, location, and other business-relevant parameters. Importantly, FLM allows lifecycle management activities to remain transparent to users, thereby preventing any downtime.

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts that continue to drive "The evolution of storage.™" Information about Network Appliance solutions and services is available at

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