SANavigator and WQuinn Form Strategic Alliance to Integrate And Distribute Storage Management Software

Results in New & Enhanced Products for Both Companies to Offer Windows Users



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from SANavigator Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif. and RESTON, Va., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- SANavigator Inc., a leader in powerful, heterogeneous SAN
 management software, and W. Quinn Associates, Inc. ("WQuinn"), the leader in
 comprehensive real-time storage resource management tools for Windows systems,
 today announced they have signed a joint OEM agreement to integrate and sell
 each other's storage management software.  The agreement initially involves
 SANavigator(TM) 2.0, the latest version of the first true platform and
 device-independent SAN management application, and WQuinn's highly-acclaimed
 SpaceMaXX SRM, the storage resource management utility for Windows(R) NT,
 2000, 9x, ME and NAS appliances.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010327/SANLOGO )
     "Customers are looking for end-to-end storage management solutions," said
 Carolyn DiCenzo, chief analyst, Gartner Dataquest.  "Cooperative development
 and selling relationships offer a broader solution for customers and a wider
 channel for both vendors.  The collaboration between SANavigator and WQuinn
 should result in stronger individual products as well as a more complete
 combined solution.  Both customers and vendors win with these kinds of
 partnerships."
     "The agreement with SANavigator Inc. demonstrates our commitment to bring
 our customers the most comprehensive storage solutions available," said Steven
 Toole, vice president of marketing at WQuinn.  "As the leading firm focused
 entirely on providing innovative enterprise-level storage resource management
 (SRM) solutions for logical storage on Windows NT/2000 servers, we're
 continuously seeking ways to expand and enhance our storage solutions for this
 rapidly-growing market.  The integration of the industry-leading products from
 SANavigator and WQuinn will make it easier for enterprise systems
 administrators to centrally control and manage growing storage resources."
     Under the terms of the agreement, there will be a phased integration of
 the products.  In the initial integration, SANavigator will launch WQuinn's
 SpaceMaXX SRM, a disk storage analysis tool that monitors storage utilization
 at the partition level.  SANavigator's Event Manager will be able to collect
 and process the capacity utilization events reported by SpaceMaXX.
     "Successful management of disk space is one of the critical issues in
 storage management," said Robert Wright, president and COO of SANavigator Inc.
 "The integration of SANavigator 2.0's vast physical storage management
 capabilities and WQuinn's powerful logical disk management solutions gives
 Windows users unsurpassed flexibility in managing their storage."
     In subsequent phases of integration, the products will link logical and
 physical information into a highly sophisticated application.  Logical and
 physical worlds will become seamless, and SANavigator will act intelligently
 on information it receives concerning the devices, communication networks and
 files in the SAN.  As part of the strategic agreement between the companies,
 the WQuinn products will be available from SANavigator as separate modules.
 WQuinn will also initially refer SANavigator as a separate product and
 subsequently sell SANavigator direct to WQuinn's customers.
     SpaceMaXX SRM is the storage disk reporting tool for Windows NT/2000, 95,
 98, Millennium Edition and NAS devices with 28 "Best Practice" reports that
 identify large volumes of wasted disk space, and with automatic reporting
 thresholds that trigger cleanup actions on desktops and server volumes.
 SpaceMaXX SRM frees up wasted disk space by finding obsolete data such as old
 files, duplicated files, large files, music (mp3) files and other types of
 data that consume disk space unnecessarily.
     SANavigator's latest version, 2.0, like earlier versions of this acclaimed
 program, is a Java-based storage management application that operates as a
 host for other storage management applications, utilities and tools from major
 storage vendors.  SANavigator includes an Auto Discovery feature that performs
 a complete inventory of all SAN resources.  The SANmap(TM) component of the
 SANavigator software presents an intuitive visual map of the SAN showing all
 devices and their interconnections.  It allows an administrator to establish
 new data path zoning, create redundant paths and perform other management
 routines, completing with just a few mouse clicks a process that previously
 took several hours.  Along with comprehensive SAN management across all major
 operating systems, SANavigator 2.0 offers support for the SNIA's HBA API
 standard for in-band discovery, and support for remote SAN monitoring via
 wirelessly connected Palm OS handhelds.
     SANavigator 2.0 is the only comprehensive SAN management application to
 support all Microsoft Windows platforms (98, NT, and 2000) in addition to
 Solaris, Linux and Palm OS.  SANavigator Version 2.0 is fully interoperable
 with other storage management applications and can be utilized to launch
 operations such as serverless backup using third-party backup software.
 
     About WQuinn
     W. Quinn Associates, Inc. ("WQuinn") is the recognized leader in
 comprehensive enterprise storage resource management software (SRM) solutions
 for Windows NT/2000 servers.  WQuinn's industry-standard StorageCeNTral is
 used by more than 3,500 companies worldwide, including Microsoft and 80 of the
 Fortune 100.  WQuinn has formed strategic alliances with Microsoft and
 PowerQuest to provide best-in-class SRM technology for today's enterprise
 environments.  Internationally, WQuinn is the only storage resource management
 software firm with local offices in Holland, France and Germany to support the
 EMEA market.  WQuinn's customer base spans more than 50 countries, including
 Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy,
 Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the
 United Kingdom.  For company news and product information, visit
 www.wquinn.com.
 
     About SANavigator Inc.
     SANavigator Inc. is a leading supplier of innovative and powerful storage
 management software.  With its expertise in all aspects of storage networking
 and software design and development, SANavigator Inc. has quickly emerged as a
 technology leader in SAN management software.  The company's powerful
 SANavigator management software is platform independent and the only software
 in its class that offers event notification with an agentless installation
 option, dynamic XML discovery interface and an easy to use GUI for entry-level
 through complex SAN environments.  It gives the storage network administrator
 confidence that the network is operating properly and the data is available.
 For more information on SANavigator, visit the company's web site at
 www.sanavigator.com or call (408) 232-1000.
 
     WQuinn and StorageCeNTral are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 W. Quinn Associates, Inc.
 
     SANavigator and SANmap are registered trademarks or trademarks of Connex,
 Inc., in the U.S. and/or other countries.  All other products, brands and
 company names contained herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the
 integration of products of SANavigator, Inc., a subsidiary of Western Digital
 Corporation, and W. Quinn Associates, Inc.  The forward-looking statements are
 based on current management expectations, and actual results may differ
 materially as a result of several factors, including completion of product
 development, integration and testing, and other factors discussed in Western
 Digital's recent SEC filings.  Western Digital undertakes no obligation to
 update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring
 after the date of such statements.
 
     For further information please contact: Steven Toole, Vice President of
 Marketing of W. Quinn Associates, Inc., 703-758-0707, ext. 119,
 smtoole@wquinn.com; or Judy Smith of JPR Communications, 818-386-0403,
 judys@jprcom.com, www.jprcom.com, for SANavigator Inc.
 
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    SAN JOSE, Calif. and RESTON, Va., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- SANavigator Inc., a leader in powerful, heterogeneous SAN
 management software, and W. Quinn Associates, Inc. ("WQuinn"), the leader in
 comprehensive real-time storage resource management tools for Windows systems,
 today announced they have signed a joint OEM agreement to integrate and sell
 each other's storage management software.  The agreement initially involves
 SANavigator(TM) 2.0, the latest version of the first true platform and
 device-independent SAN management application, and WQuinn's highly-acclaimed
 SpaceMaXX SRM, the storage resource management utility for Windows(R) NT,
 2000, 9x, ME and NAS appliances.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010327/SANLOGO )
     "Customers are looking for end-to-end storage management solutions," said
 Carolyn DiCenzo, chief analyst, Gartner Dataquest.  "Cooperative development
 and selling relationships offer a broader solution for customers and a wider
 channel for both vendors.  The collaboration between SANavigator and WQuinn
 should result in stronger individual products as well as a more complete
 combined solution.  Both customers and vendors win with these kinds of
 partnerships."
     "The agreement with SANavigator Inc. demonstrates our commitment to bring
 our customers the most comprehensive storage solutions available," said Steven
 Toole, vice president of marketing at WQuinn.  "As the leading firm focused
 entirely on providing innovative enterprise-level storage resource management
 (SRM) solutions for logical storage on Windows NT/2000 servers, we're
 continuously seeking ways to expand and enhance our storage solutions for this
 rapidly-growing market.  The integration of the industry-leading products from
 SANavigator and WQuinn will make it easier for enterprise systems
 administrators to centrally control and manage growing storage resources."
     Under the terms of the agreement, there will be a phased integration of
 the products.  In the initial integration, SANavigator will launch WQuinn's
 SpaceMaXX SRM, a disk storage analysis tool that monitors storage utilization
 at the partition level.  SANavigator's Event Manager will be able to collect
 and process the capacity utilization events reported by SpaceMaXX.
     "Successful management of disk space is one of the critical issues in
 storage management," said Robert Wright, president and COO of SANavigator Inc.
 "The integration of SANavigator 2.0's vast physical storage management
 capabilities and WQuinn's powerful logical disk management solutions gives
 Windows users unsurpassed flexibility in managing their storage."
     In subsequent phases of integration, the products will link logical and
 physical information into a highly sophisticated application.  Logical and
 physical worlds will become seamless, and SANavigator will act intelligently
 on information it receives concerning the devices, communication networks and
 files in the SAN.  As part of the strategic agreement between the companies,
 the WQuinn products will be available from SANavigator as separate modules.
 WQuinn will also initially refer SANavigator as a separate product and
 subsequently sell SANavigator direct to WQuinn's customers.
     SpaceMaXX SRM is the storage disk reporting tool for Windows NT/2000, 95,
 98, Millennium Edition and NAS devices with 28 "Best Practice" reports that
 identify large volumes of wasted disk space, and with automatic reporting
 thresholds that trigger cleanup actions on desktops and server volumes.
 SpaceMaXX SRM frees up wasted disk space by finding obsolete data such as old
 files, duplicated files, large files, music (mp3) files and other types of
 data that consume disk space unnecessarily.
     SANavigator's latest version, 2.0, like earlier versions of this acclaimed
 program, is a Java-based storage management application that operates as a
 host for other storage management applications, utilities and tools from major
 storage vendors.  SANavigator includes an Auto Discovery feature that performs
 a complete inventory of all SAN resources.  The SANmap(TM) component of the
 SANavigator software presents an intuitive visual map of the SAN showing all
 devices and their interconnections.  It allows an administrator to establish
 new data path zoning, create redundant paths and perform other management
 routines, completing with just a few mouse clicks a process that previously
 took several hours.  Along with comprehensive SAN management across all major
 operating systems, SANavigator 2.0 offers support for the SNIA's HBA API
 standard for in-band discovery, and support for remote SAN monitoring via
 wirelessly connected Palm OS handhelds.
     SANavigator 2.0 is the only comprehensive SAN management application to
 support all Microsoft Windows platforms (98, NT, and 2000) in addition to
 Solaris, Linux and Palm OS.  SANavigator Version 2.0 is fully interoperable
 with other storage management applications and can be utilized to launch
 operations such as serverless backup using third-party backup software.
 
     About WQuinn
     W. Quinn Associates, Inc. ("WQuinn") is the recognized leader in
 comprehensive enterprise storage resource management software (SRM) solutions
 for Windows NT/2000 servers.  WQuinn's industry-standard StorageCeNTral is
 used by more than 3,500 companies worldwide, including Microsoft and 80 of the
 Fortune 100.  WQuinn has formed strategic alliances with Microsoft and
 PowerQuest to provide best-in-class SRM technology for today's enterprise
 environments.  Internationally, WQuinn is the only storage resource management
 software firm with local offices in Holland, France and Germany to support the
 EMEA market.  WQuinn's customer base spans more than 50 countries, including
 Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy,
 Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the
 United Kingdom.  For company news and product information, visit
 www.wquinn.com.
 
     About SANavigator Inc.
     SANavigator Inc. is a leading supplier of innovative and powerful storage
 management software.  With its expertise in all aspects of storage networking
 and software design and development, SANavigator Inc. has quickly emerged as a
 technology leader in SAN management software.  The company's powerful
 SANavigator management software is platform independent and the only software
 in its class that offers event notification with an agentless installation
 option, dynamic XML discovery interface and an easy to use GUI for entry-level
 through complex SAN environments.  It gives the storage network administrator
 confidence that the network is operating properly and the data is available.
 For more information on SANavigator, visit the company's web site at
 www.sanavigator.com or call (408) 232-1000.
 
     WQuinn and StorageCeNTral are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 W. Quinn Associates, Inc.
 
     SANavigator and SANmap are registered trademarks or trademarks of Connex,
 Inc., in the U.S. and/or other countries.  All other products, brands and
 company names contained herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the
 integration of products of SANavigator, Inc., a subsidiary of Western Digital
 Corporation, and W. Quinn Associates, Inc.  The forward-looking statements are
 based on current management expectations, and actual results may differ
 materially as a result of several factors, including completion of product
 development, integration and testing, and other factors discussed in Western
 Digital's recent SEC filings.  Western Digital undertakes no obligation to
 update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring
 after the date of such statements.
 
     For further information please contact: Steven Toole, Vice President of
 Marketing of W. Quinn Associates, Inc., 703-758-0707, ext. 119,
 smtoole@wquinn.com; or Judy Smith of JPR Communications, 818-386-0403,
 judys@jprcom.com, www.jprcom.com, for SANavigator Inc.
 
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