DataDirect Networks' Revolutionary SANappliance(TM) Delivers Digital Artists Breakthrough Performance, Increased Productivity, And Improved Storage Asset Utilization

Effects Developer 5D Chooses Industry Leading Storage Networking

Technology and Delivers Uncompressed Dual-Stream HDTV and Three SDTV Streams

From A Single Storage Network



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from DataDirect Networks Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, NAB 2001, Booth #S5319, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- DataDirect
 Networks SAN DataDirector, the industry's first SAN appliance, was chosen by
 Effects Developer 5D as the storage network infrastructure for their 5D
 Integrated Effects Editor and Media Workflow Solution.  At the 5D booth at NAB
 a single SAN DataDirector SAN appliance is connected to four workstations
 running 5D Cyborg.  Three are Windows 2000-based workstations, each accessing
 two uncompressed SDTV streams, with bandwidth requirements of
 66 megabytes/sec, and one is a Silicon Graphics workstation, accessing two
 uncompressed HDTV 32-bit per pixel streams requiring bandwidths of over
 300 megabytes/sec.  This is the first time ever that a single centralized
 storage device has provided this level of performance.  The resulting benefit
 is significant productivity gains and dramatically higher Quality of Service
 (QoS) for digital artists.
     The SAN DataDirector provides digital artists with highly resilient, fault
 tolerant RAID protected content, massive scalability, and centralized storage
 management in an easy to deploy storage appliance device.  An important factor
 is the SAN DataDirectors ability to deliver guaranteed performance in terms of
 bandwidth, which results in a higher quality production environment.
     "The SAN DataDirector is great for digital content creation environments
 and supports our philosophy to improve workflow.  The plug and play
 installation, scalability, and the performance are enormously impressive,"
 said Mr. Marc Dando, Sales and Marketing Director of 5D.  "With the SAN
 DataDirector serving up content to our 5D Cyborg workstations, digital artists
 can now work in an environment with guaranteed performance.  We are delighted
 with the advantages it promises to our customers."
     "With our SANappliance(TM), we developed revolutionary storage networking
 technology which is helping advance the quality of results and deliver
 productivity improvements to rich media customers," Alex Bouzari, chief
 executive officer, DataDirect Networks, Inc., said.  "Helping our rich media
 customers consolidate and share their storage resources with an easy to
 deploy, open, high performance solution is enabling them to be more
 competitive."
     The SAN DataDirector was the first in a series of SANappliances released
 by DataDirect.  DataDirect's SAN DataDirector is a revolutionary new type of
 intelligent network infrastructure device designed to provide high bandwidth
 and cost-effective scalability to network computing environments.  The
 company's SAN DataDirector has been optimized for the high bandwidth
 requirements of Internet and rich media networks, and provides shared access
 to (and backup of) large banks of data.  Based on its strong feature set, the
 SAN DataDirector brings significant Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return
 on Investment (ROI) benefits to all businesses requiring scalable network
 installations.
     SAN DataDirector offers an easier way to deploy Storage Area Networks by
 creating an intelligent platform that combines necessary infrastructure and
 intelligence in one self-contained, pre-configured and tested solution.  The
 SAN DataDirector also addresses the interoperability and latency problems
 associated with first generation SANs.  The SAN DataDirector enables access to
 a heterogeneous environment comprised of standalone and clustered servers,
 workstations and PCs and the ability to back up data stored in centralized or
 distributed storage devices in an easy, cost effective and reliable manner.
 
     About 5D
     5D is a pioneering developer of visual effects software for IRIX and
 Windows 2000.  5D products have become an essential commodity for digital
 artists worldwide, and are used daily to enhance a wide range of film and
 video projects.
 
     About DataDirect Networks, Inc.
     DataDirect Networks is the world's leader in the rapidly growing market
 for intelligent SAN network infrastructure solutions.  The company's products
 address the most demanding requirements of high bandwidth, highly scalable
 heterogeneous shared data access and integrated data management services.  The
 company pioneered the concept of "shared network data access".
     DataDirect Networks' SAN solutions deliver fast, reliable and
 cost-effective access to network-stored data and enable simultaneous shared
 access for UNIX, Linux, Windows NT and the World Wide Web.  For more
 information, call DataDirect Networks at (818) 700-7600 or visit their web
 site at www.datadirectnet.com
 
     SAN DataDirector, SANappliance, DataDirect Networks and the DataDirect
 Networks logo are trademarks of DataDirect Networks, Incorporated.  (c) 2001
 DataDirect Networks, Inc.  All other names are property of their respective
 owners.
 
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    LAS VEGAS, NAB 2001, Booth #S5319, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- DataDirect
 Networks SAN DataDirector, the industry's first SAN appliance, was chosen by
 Effects Developer 5D as the storage network infrastructure for their 5D
 Integrated Effects Editor and Media Workflow Solution.  At the 5D booth at NAB
 a single SAN DataDirector SAN appliance is connected to four workstations
 running 5D Cyborg.  Three are Windows 2000-based workstations, each accessing
 two uncompressed SDTV streams, with bandwidth requirements of
 66 megabytes/sec, and one is a Silicon Graphics workstation, accessing two
 uncompressed HDTV 32-bit per pixel streams requiring bandwidths of over
 300 megabytes/sec.  This is the first time ever that a single centralized
 storage device has provided this level of performance.  The resulting benefit
 is significant productivity gains and dramatically higher Quality of Service
 (QoS) for digital artists.
     The SAN DataDirector provides digital artists with highly resilient, fault
 tolerant RAID protected content, massive scalability, and centralized storage
 management in an easy to deploy storage appliance device.  An important factor
 is the SAN DataDirectors ability to deliver guaranteed performance in terms of
 bandwidth, which results in a higher quality production environment.
     "The SAN DataDirector is great for digital content creation environments
 and supports our philosophy to improve workflow.  The plug and play
 installation, scalability, and the performance are enormously impressive,"
 said Mr. Marc Dando, Sales and Marketing Director of 5D.  "With the SAN
 DataDirector serving up content to our 5D Cyborg workstations, digital artists
 can now work in an environment with guaranteed performance.  We are delighted
 with the advantages it promises to our customers."
     "With our SANappliance(TM), we developed revolutionary storage networking
 technology which is helping advance the quality of results and deliver
 productivity improvements to rich media customers," Alex Bouzari, chief
 executive officer, DataDirect Networks, Inc., said.  "Helping our rich media
 customers consolidate and share their storage resources with an easy to
 deploy, open, high performance solution is enabling them to be more
 competitive."
     The SAN DataDirector was the first in a series of SANappliances released
 by DataDirect.  DataDirect's SAN DataDirector is a revolutionary new type of
 intelligent network infrastructure device designed to provide high bandwidth
 and cost-effective scalability to network computing environments.  The
 company's SAN DataDirector has been optimized for the high bandwidth
 requirements of Internet and rich media networks, and provides shared access
 to (and backup of) large banks of data.  Based on its strong feature set, the
 SAN DataDirector brings significant Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return
 on Investment (ROI) benefits to all businesses requiring scalable network
 installations.
     SAN DataDirector offers an easier way to deploy Storage Area Networks by
 creating an intelligent platform that combines necessary infrastructure and
 intelligence in one self-contained, pre-configured and tested solution.  The
 SAN DataDirector also addresses the interoperability and latency problems
 associated with first generation SANs.  The SAN DataDirector enables access to
 a heterogeneous environment comprised of standalone and clustered servers,
 workstations and PCs and the ability to back up data stored in centralized or
 distributed storage devices in an easy, cost effective and reliable manner.
 
     About 5D
     5D is a pioneering developer of visual effects software for IRIX and
 Windows 2000.  5D products have become an essential commodity for digital
 artists worldwide, and are used daily to enhance a wide range of film and
 video projects.
 
     About DataDirect Networks, Inc.
     DataDirect Networks is the world's leader in the rapidly growing market
 for intelligent SAN network infrastructure solutions.  The company's products
 address the most demanding requirements of high bandwidth, highly scalable
 heterogeneous shared data access and integrated data management services.  The
 company pioneered the concept of "shared network data access".
     DataDirect Networks' SAN solutions deliver fast, reliable and
 cost-effective access to network-stored data and enable simultaneous shared
 access for UNIX, Linux, Windows NT and the World Wide Web.  For more
 information, call DataDirect Networks at (818) 700-7600 or visit their web
 site at www.datadirectnet.com
 
     SAN DataDirector, SANappliance, DataDirect Networks and the DataDirect
 Networks logo are trademarks of DataDirect Networks, Incorporated.  (c) 2001
 DataDirect Networks, Inc.  All other names are property of their respective
 owners.
 
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