Sirius Computer Solutions and Network Appliance Help Leading Mapping Company Chart New Storage Strategy

Indianapolis, IN - March 22, 2007 -- Pinnacle Mapping Technologies, Inc. (PINNACLE), a company providing state-of-the-art digital aerial photography, cartography, and 3-D data for Geographic Information Systems (GIS), turned to Sirius Computer Solutions and Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) to develop a highly available solution that delivers on-demand storage capacity for their technology-rich, data-intensive business requirements. Sirius worked with PINNACLE and NetApp to accommodate demanding business growth and address explosive storage needs.

"Our business seemed to grow overnight," said Brenda King, president of PINNACLE. "Our sales increased ten times over, significantly increasing data storage requirements. We had a bottleneck we had to unplug."

When PINNACLE originally started, it relied on film-based cameras. With the widespread adaptation of high resolution, mapping-grade digital cameras, PINNACLE's project capacity and business volume took off, creating both opportunities and challenges. One key challenge was that PINNACLE's storage capabilities had not kept up with its business demands. Pinnacle searched for a new storage system and considered solutions from several vendors.

"Our projects are customized to meet the long-term needs of the client," said King. "Sirius approached us in much the same way as we looked for a new storage system. Sirius considered the implications for the proposed solution looking at our requirements now as well as in five year to ten years."

Using PINNACLE's current data points and future projections, Sirius designed a solution using the NetApp® FAS3020 storage system. The NetApp storage solution provides PINNACLE with the ability to rapidly provision storage, as well as clone, backup and recover data. In addition, the NetApp solution allows Pinnacle to scale their storage infrastructure to quickly and efficiently respond to changing business needs. Both NetApp and Sirius provided implementation support and training to help PINNACLE seamlessly transition to its new storage solution.

"The hallmark simplicity built into NetApp solutions is very attractive to our organization," commented King. "Within the first few weeks, we estimated our network throughput has increased by approximately 30%. With our old storage solution, we once had four or five machines processing and our system slowed to a crawl. Now we have 20-30 processors working concurrently with no degradation in performance. It has allowed our employees to be more innovative without negatively affecting the project schedule."

"A valuable NetApp partner, Sirius provides customers like PINNACLE with complete solutions for their data storage needs," said Leonard Iventosch, vice president of Channels at Network Appliance. "Combined with NetApp storage systems, PINNACLE can better protect their intellectual property and solve their data management challenges with a scalable, flexible, and available storage solution while lowering their IT management costs."

"As a NetApp STAR Partner, Sirius is committed to providing customers with certified, experienced storage experts who help clients solve real business needs with leading products and best practices," said Chris Lusk, vice president of open systems and storage at Sirius. "We don't just 'sell' storage now - we build storage solutions that are often complex in design but designed for simplicity on the front end. That's our challenge - making the often complex world of storage hardware and software easy for customers to learn and manage."

About Pinnacle Mapping Technologies:
PINNACLE was formed in 2002 in Indianapolis, Indiana by Brenda King and Robert Armstrong to provide all aspects of photogrammetric mapping for a wide range of GIS applications. Focused on providing superior digital mapping products and services that serve as the foundation for our clients' geographic information systems, PINNACLE's staff has over 107 years combined experience in their fields of expertise. PINNACLE has invested in state-of-the-art technology (hardware and software) and follows a rigorous quality control process with a thorough review and documentation throughout all stages of projects. By providing day-to-day project management, quality assurances, and a single point of contact for each client, PINNACLE has the ability to provide superior mapping solutions to a wide range of industries. For more information, visit

About Sirius:
Sirius is a national IT solutions provider, and IBM Premier Business Partner and NetApp STAR Partner, dedicated to helping customers implement Advanced Infrastructure Solutions that provide them with a competitive advantage and a positive return on investment. Backed by 26 years of IT experience, Sirius is nationally-recognized with a certified team of sales and technical professionals who have the skills, product knowledge, and commitment to help customers develop and implement the right solution to solve their business needs. For more information, visit Sirius Computer Solutions at

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 to simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at

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