PolyServe Steps Up Storage Leadership With Sponsorship of Network File System Protocol Development

Company Backs University of Michigan in Implementing Next-Generation NFS

for Linux



Feb 21, 2005, 00:00 ET from PolyServe Inc.

     BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Software developers at the
 University of Michigan have received backing from PolyServe, Inc. to help
 create an industry-standard implementation of an important enterprise storage
 protocol, Network File System Version 4 (NFSv4) for Linux.
     NFS is the premier industry standard for fast, seamless file sharing among
 networked computers and storage equipment, such as network-attached storage
 (NAS) devices. The next generation of NFS, Version 4, enables huge
 improvements in file-sharing security and performance, among numerous other
 enhancements.
     PolyServe, a leading provider of storage clustering software for Linux and
 Microsoft Windows(R), will provide funding and technical assistance to the
 Center for Information Technology Integration (CITI) at the University of
 Michigan. CITI is responsible for developing a reference implementation of
 NFSv4 that is included in the open source Linux operating system and is being
 incorporated into Novell and Red Hat Linux distributions. PolyServe joins
 Network Appliance as the primary technical and financial sponsors of NFSv4
 development on Linux.
     "PolyServe's sponsorship of CITI shows its dedication to moving the
 industry forward, ensuring there will be a standard NFS Version 4 reference
 implementation for the open source community," said Nancy Hurley, senior
 analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group. "PolyServe is establishing its
 commitment as a technology leader in the ever-evolving file system market."
     CITI is engineering NFSv4 for use as a universal standard for fast and
 secure access to stored data, whether across a wide area network (WAN) or
 within a single location. PolyServe's partnership with CITI will focus on
 implementation of the protocol on the server side, while Network Appliance is
 assisting CITI on client-side implementation. In addition to helping to create
 the fastest, most robust NFS for Linux, PolyServe sponsorship will help CITI
 ensure the updated NFS protocol can be scaled horizontally across a cluster of
 servers and works effectively with Linux-based cluster file systems produced
 by open-source developers or commercial vendors.
     A cluster file system (CFS) allows multiple servers to share applications,
 files and data while controlling access to stored data and maintaining data
 integrity. A CFS provides essential technology for enabling data centers to
 migrate from expensive, proprietary UNIX platforms and specialized appliances
 to low-cost servers and storage based on industry standards such as Linux.
     "PolyServe is a critical partner in CITI's development of the NFSv4
 implementation for Linux," said Peter Honeyman, scientific director of CITI.
 "Through its financial and technical contributions to CITI, PolyServe
 underscores its commitment to open source and improving the Linux ecosystem as
 a platform for critical storage applications."
     PolyServe deploys NFS functionality in its NAS cluster solution, which
 also integrates a symmetric CFS, high-availability services and cluster and
 storage management capabilities. The product aggregates up to 16 low-cost
 Linux- and x86 Architecture-based servers for high-performance, fault-tolerant
 file serving across a storage area network (SAN).
     "NFS Version 4 for Linux is critical for enabling fast, secure and
 inexpensive access to the enormous amounts of data produced and stored by
 enterprises," said Carter George, vice president of storage solutions for
 PolyServe. "That's why CITI's work is so important and why PolyServe is happy
 to help in their cause."
 
     About PolyServe
     PolyServe, Inc. is a leading developer of shared data clustering software
 for Linux and Microsoft Windows mission-critical data centers. The company's
 products reduce the cost and complexity associated with traditional clustering
 approaches, while offering superior scalability, availability and
 manageability. In addition to its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., PolyServe
 has a Microsoft development center in Redmond, Wash. It also has sales and
 support offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, London, Minneapolis, New
 York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. For more information about
 PolyServe, visit www.polyserve.com, or call 877-476-5973.
 
      NOTE:  PolyServe and Matrix Server are trademarks of PolyServe, Inc. All
 other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE PolyServe Inc.
     BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Software developers at the
 University of Michigan have received backing from PolyServe, Inc. to help
 create an industry-standard implementation of an important enterprise storage
 protocol, Network File System Version 4 (NFSv4) for Linux.
     NFS is the premier industry standard for fast, seamless file sharing among
 networked computers and storage equipment, such as network-attached storage
 (NAS) devices. The next generation of NFS, Version 4, enables huge
 improvements in file-sharing security and performance, among numerous other
 enhancements.
     PolyServe, a leading provider of storage clustering software for Linux and
 Microsoft Windows(R), will provide funding and technical assistance to the
 Center for Information Technology Integration (CITI) at the University of
 Michigan. CITI is responsible for developing a reference implementation of
 NFSv4 that is included in the open source Linux operating system and is being
 incorporated into Novell and Red Hat Linux distributions. PolyServe joins
 Network Appliance as the primary technical and financial sponsors of NFSv4
 development on Linux.
     "PolyServe's sponsorship of CITI shows its dedication to moving the
 industry forward, ensuring there will be a standard NFS Version 4 reference
 implementation for the open source community," said Nancy Hurley, senior
 analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group. "PolyServe is establishing its
 commitment as a technology leader in the ever-evolving file system market."
     CITI is engineering NFSv4 for use as a universal standard for fast and
 secure access to stored data, whether across a wide area network (WAN) or
 within a single location. PolyServe's partnership with CITI will focus on
 implementation of the protocol on the server side, while Network Appliance is
 assisting CITI on client-side implementation. In addition to helping to create
 the fastest, most robust NFS for Linux, PolyServe sponsorship will help CITI
 ensure the updated NFS protocol can be scaled horizontally across a cluster of
 servers and works effectively with Linux-based cluster file systems produced
 by open-source developers or commercial vendors.
     A cluster file system (CFS) allows multiple servers to share applications,
 files and data while controlling access to stored data and maintaining data
 integrity. A CFS provides essential technology for enabling data centers to
 migrate from expensive, proprietary UNIX platforms and specialized appliances
 to low-cost servers and storage based on industry standards such as Linux.
     "PolyServe is a critical partner in CITI's development of the NFSv4
 implementation for Linux," said Peter Honeyman, scientific director of CITI.
 "Through its financial and technical contributions to CITI, PolyServe
 underscores its commitment to open source and improving the Linux ecosystem as
 a platform for critical storage applications."
     PolyServe deploys NFS functionality in its NAS cluster solution, which
 also integrates a symmetric CFS, high-availability services and cluster and
 storage management capabilities. The product aggregates up to 16 low-cost
 Linux- and x86 Architecture-based servers for high-performance, fault-tolerant
 file serving across a storage area network (SAN).
     "NFS Version 4 for Linux is critical for enabling fast, secure and
 inexpensive access to the enormous amounts of data produced and stored by
 enterprises," said Carter George, vice president of storage solutions for
 PolyServe. "That's why CITI's work is so important and why PolyServe is happy
 to help in their cause."
 
     About PolyServe
     PolyServe, Inc. is a leading developer of shared data clustering software
 for Linux and Microsoft Windows mission-critical data centers. The company's
 products reduce the cost and complexity associated with traditional clustering
 approaches, while offering superior scalability, availability and
 manageability. In addition to its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., PolyServe
 has a Microsoft development center in Redmond, Wash. It also has sales and
 support offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, London, Minneapolis, New
 York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. For more information about
 PolyServe, visit www.polyserve.com, or call 877-476-5973.
 
      NOTE:  PolyServe and Matrix Server are trademarks of PolyServe, Inc. All
 other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  PolyServe Inc.