Syncsort Enhances Data Protection with Network Appliance™ SnapVault® Backup and Recovery Technology

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. - January 31, 2005 - Syncsort Inc. announced today that the newest release of its high-performance data protection software, Backup Express 2.3, incorporates NetApp® SnapVault® technology for Windows, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Exchange Server. Syncsort Backup Express 2.3 employs unique SnapVault integration to seamlessly deliver fast and efficient disk backup and recovery, giving users high availability and reliability for both their data and applications.

With SnapVault technology in Backup Express 2.3, users now can have their servers instantly failover to any backup image. They can also consolidate data for disaster recovery on cost-effective centralized storage, eliminate tape at remote sites, and increase scalability. Backup Express 2.3 users who store all their Windows based primary data on NetApp NearStore® nearline storage platforms can perform live SnapVault backups of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange. This allows users to selectively restore files, directories, SQL database objects, and Exchange mailbox stores from any point-in-time and to back up more often, thus reducing the risk window. In addition, Backup Express 2.3 stores Windows configuration information, allowing users to do bare-metal recovery or replication of Windows primary servers directly from the SnapVault storage volume.

"Companies are looking for a data protection solution that will allow them to easily achieve stringent recovery time and recovery point objectives for applications; and the combined Backup Express and NetApp solution delivers both. The new product also provides bare-metal restore, for which there is a tremendous demand." said Dan Regan, Senior Vice President, Syncsort.

"Customers expect high-performance enterprise data protection solutions that are flexible and easy to manage in heterogeneous operating environments," said Patrick Rogers, Vice President, Partner and Alliances Marketing at Network Appliance. "Backup Express and Network Appliance SnapVault combined with our NearStore platform work together to fill these customer needs."

About Backup Express
Backup Express is a high-performance enterprise data protection solution for UNIX, Windows, Linux, and NetWare environments. Backup Express is the only solution that integrates heterogeneous snapshot, image, and rapid recovery options, supports any combination of UNIX, Windows, NetWare, Linux, and NDMP/NAS in a SAN, performs backup of all data directly across a Fibre Channel or iSCSI network, dynamically shares all drives, supports all NDMP incrementals, and controls this entire enterprise environment with a single catalog and browser-based GUI. Backup Express integrates unique NetApp SnapVault technology with image-based snapshot capabilities.

About Syncsort
Syncsort Incorporated is a leading developer of high-performance data management and data warehousing software for mainframe, UNIX, Linux 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 seven years in a row. Over 95 percent of the Fortune 100 companies are Syncsort customers, and Syncsort's products are used in more than 50 countries to protect business continuance, speed data processing, and improve performance of data-intensive applications and processes. For more information, visit the Syncsort Web site at
www.syncsort.com.

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Victor Werner
Syncsort
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Katryn McGaughey
Network Appliance, Inc.
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