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Hifn and QLogic Optimize VMware Performance on Swarm Series of iSCSI Storage Appliances

LOS GATOS, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hifn(TM) (Nasdaq: HIFN), the catalyst behind storage and networking innovation, today announced the first customer installation of a new performance-optimized configuration of its Swarm(TM) iSCSI storage appliance with VMware ESX Server, combining the benefits of a virtualized IT infrastructure with the cost advantages of iSCSI storage networking and QLogic's high-performance iSCSI HBA.

LOS GATOS, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Hifn(TM) (Nasdaq: HIFN), the catalyst behind storage and networking innovation, today announced the first customer installation of a new performance-optimized configuration of its Swarm(TM) iSCSI storage appliance with VMware ESX Server, combining the benefits of a virtualized IT infrastructure with the cost advantages of iSCSI storage networking and QLogic's high-performance iSCSI HBA.

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Hifn's latest Swarm VMware Edition is optimized for ESX Server configurations. The latest VMware Edition was installed on a Swarm Model 3200 appliance with 7.5 terabytes of shared SAN storage utilizing the high-performance QLogic QLA4852 iSCSI HBA. The Hifn-QLogic VMware solution allowed five physical blade servers, each running multiple virtual machines in an ESX clustered configuration, to share the virtualized storage of a single Swarm appliance. The addition of the QLogic iSCSI HBA allowed for more virtual machines to be added to the cluster with nominal performance degradation.

The customer installation also included VMware's Vmotion, providing the live migration of a running virtual machine from one physical server to another with zero downtime, continuous server availability and complete transaction integrity. Hifn's Swarm appliance was a key enabling technology for the Vmotion functionality by storing and sharing a set of VMware files that encapsulate the entire state of the migrated virtual machine. VMware's clustered Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) allows multiple installations of ESX Server to access the same virtual machine files concurrently on the shared Swarm storage pool. Live virtual machine migration gives customers the freedom to perform hardware maintenance without scheduled downtime and proactively migrate virtual machines away from failing or under-performing servers, and perform load balancing across all available ESX virtual machines.

"Storage virtualization is a key enabler for iSCSI technology," said John Matze, Vice President of Business Development at Hifn. "Hifn and QLogic understand the needs of VMware customers and the stress that iSCSI and TCP overhead can put on server processors, particularly in large virtual machine deployments. Our performance-optimized Swarm Edition for VMware once again demonstrates the versatility of the Swarm platform and how it delivers many options and endless solutions for affordable SAN-based storage."

About Swarm IP SAN Appliances from Hifn

The Swarm is a series of IP SAN appliances that deliver the benefits of storage networking to small and mid-sized business that want encryption, storage consolidation, centralized management, automatic backup, high availability and seamless integration with the Microsoft operating environment. The Hifn Swarm Series of iSCSI storage appliances provides an ideal IP SAN storage alternative to complex and costly Fibre Channel products with up to 9.75 terabytes of RAID-6 protected storage along with a full suite of storage services, including encryption, replication, point-in-time copy backup used for Windows Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS)-consistent snapshots and multipath I/O for high availability active-active configurations. Swarm IP SAN solutions are available now starting at $8,995.

About Hifn

Hifn (NASDAQ: HIFN) delivers the key channel and OEM ingredients for 21st century storage and networking environments. Leveraging over a decade of leadership and expertise in the development of purpose-built Applied Service Processors (ASPs), we are a trusted partner to industry leaders for whom infrastructure innovation in storage and networking is critical to success. With the majority of secure networked communications flowing through Hifn technology, the 21st century convergence of storage and networking drives our product roadmap forward. For more information, please visit: http://www.hifn.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements regarding the Company's future financial performance including, without limitation, statements related to Hifn's Swarm appliance as a key enabling technology for VMware's Vmotion, understanding the needs of VMware customers and the versatility of the Swarm platform and how it delivers many options and endless solutions for affordable SAN-based storage are all forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor that may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described herein include, but are not limited to: dependency on a small number of customers; customer demand and customer ordering patterns; and orders from Hifn's customers may be below the company's current expectations. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Hifn's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Hifn expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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