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LeftHand Networks Drives Enterprise Adoption of iSCSI SANs; 120TB Customer Implementation Validates Capabilities

BOULDER, Colo., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- LeftHand Networks continues to push the iSCSI market further into the enterprise with a 120TB open iSCSI SAN implementation for Adecco, the world leader in workforce solutions. In addition, LeftHand has completed Microsoft Corporation's Exchange Solution Reviewed Program (ESRP) as one of the first vendors to participate with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, demonstrating support for at least 50,000 users in a 100TB SAN testing environment.

BOULDER, Colo., June 25 /PRNewswire/ — LeftHand Networks continues to push the iSCSI market further into the enterprise with a 120TB open iSCSI SAN implementation for Adecco, the world leader in workforce solutions. In addition, LeftHand has completed Microsoft Corporation's Exchange Solution Reviewed Program (ESRP) as one of the first vendors to participate with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, demonstrating support for at least 50,000 users in a 100TB SAN testing environment.

Ranked 278 on the Fortune Global 500 list, Adecco has more than 6700 offices in 70 countries and territories. Given the company's expansive storage needs for its North American operations, the staffing firm looked to LeftHand Networks' iSCSI solutions to replace its aging and complex fibre channel storage environment. Using LeftHand's open iSCSI SAN approach, Adecco implemented 23 HP ProLiant DL320s servers running LeftHand's SAN/iQ software to create an enterprise-class SAN that is scalable, high performing and easy to manage. Adecco also plans to repurpose the company's existing HP ProLiant DL380 servers in combination with LeftHand's SAN/iQ software to scale the open iSCSI SAN while eliminating the majority of the upfront hardware costs associated with a SAN upgrade or purchase.

"Since we implemented the LeftHand Networks solution, the open iSCSI SAN has proven to be an extremely successful storage environment, facilitating a large-scale storage consolidation from five nationally dispersed data centers to a single location, while also easily expanding to accommodate our growing storage needs," said David Bossi, vice president of IT, for Adecco. "LeftHand's open iSCSI SAN approach will allow Adecco to receive unprecedented return on investment. The conversion to the LeftHand SAN was quick, seamless, and provided comparable, if not better performance and capacity than our existing fibre channel solution."

Since the implementation, the LeftHand solution has demonstrated great flexibility and scalability, addressing the company's growing storage needs with little to no down time during routine maintenance and upgrades to the system. The SAN is capable of running a variety of the Company's business critical systems including Exchange Server 2007, Citrix Systems, Microsoft Terminal Services, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Databases, PeopleSoft and other support applications. Adecco has only begun to fully utilize LeftHand's enterprise-class open iSCSI SAN solution for its growing storage environment. An initial purchase of 4TB has now grown to 120TB and is expected to reach the 200TB mark by the end of its growth in late 2007.

In addition to large enterprise implementations, LeftHand's performance in testing environments has confirmed the feasibility of employing open iSCSI SANs in a variety of enterprise-level environments. Testing in Microsoft's Exchange Server 2007 environment, LeftHand's results validate at least 50,000 users and demonstrate the open iSCSI SAN vendor's high compatibility, scalability and performance for the workloads of medium and large enterprises.

Microsoft ESRP storage test results reveal that LeftHand's SAN/iQ software loaded on HP ProLiant DL320s are an efficient choice for any medium to large enterprise. Test environment included:

— 100TB SAN powered by SAN/iQ 6.6 — 30 HP ProLiant DL320s with data replicated between two sets of 15 storage modules — Support for 50,000 Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 users — 20,000 Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 IOPs — Approximately 500MBs backup speed capabilities — Support for 1,500 to 50,000 and above users without modifying hardware or software

Microsoft implemented the ESRP program in order to facilitate third-party storage testing and solution publishing for Exchange Server. As a Gold Certified Partner in the Microsoft Partner Program, LeftHand's SAN/iQ software was one of the first iSCSI solutions to participate in the ESRP program in 2005 and one of the first to be tested for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. For more information on the ESRP results visit http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/esrp.mspx

"Our relationship with customers, like Adecco, as well as our recent results from Microsoft's ESRP storage test in which LeftHand Networks' solution was proven to support up to 50,000 users further validates LeftHand Networks ability to scale into the enterprise," said John Fanelli, vice president of marketing for LeftHand Networks. "It's clear from these results that an open iSCSI SAN's high availability and exceptional scalability is not only viable for large Exchange Server environments, it's preferable.

LeftHand Networks delivers Scalable, Highly Available, Reliable, Performing (SHARP) storage solutions that provide a grow as needed architecture and enterprise features without compromising on features or performance.

About LeftHand Networks

LeftHand Networks pioneered IP-based storage area networks (SAN) in 2001. SANs built using LeftHand's SAN/iQ(R) software are uniquely able to distribute and protect data across a cluster of industry-standard storage servers. The company's patented architecture increases data availability, allows users to start small and grow the SAN seamlessly, and simplifies management. The LeftHand SAN is ideal for server consolidation and virtualization projects, Microsoft Application environments, and disaster recovery solutions. For more information, contact LeftHand at info@lefthandnetworks.com.

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