LeftHand Networks Announces Support for Windows Server 2008: Microsoft and LeftHand Networks Raise the Bar for Storage Management and Interoperability in Windows Environments

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LeftHand Networks(R), the leading provider of highly available iSCSI SANs, today announced SAN compatibility and support for Windows Server 2008, Microsoft's newest version of its flagship server operating system. Customers can deploy Windows Server 2008 systems connected to a LeftHand Networks SAN with confidence since the LeftHand Networks iSCSI SAN has achieved the Windows Server 2008 iSCSI target device Logo. The Windows Server 2008 Logo ensures testing and interoperability with LeftHand Networks SAN systems.

Windows Server 2008 adds many new storage management features, and really sets a new standard for iSCSI SAN integration

    "Windows Server 2008 adds many new storage management features, and really sets a new standard for iSCSI SAN integration," said Larry Cormier, vice president of Marketing at LeftHand Networks. "When coupled with the advanced SAN features found in all LeftHand Networks SANs, Windows Server 2008 delivers new levels of data protection, high availability and performance for our mutual customers."

Windows Server 2008 ships with a fully integrated iSCSI initiator out of the box, so connecting the server to the iSCSI SAN system is easy and straightforward. In addition to the embedded initiator, Windows Server 2008 supports larger data partitions on the SAN, the ability to boot from iSCSI devices, native multi-pathing, the ability to shrink existing volumes, and installation of the Windows Server operating system directly to an iSCSI device. The LeftHand Networks SAN integrates directly with a Windows Server 2008 system with an updated version of its Solution Pack for Windows. Included in the solution pack are a VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) provider for Snapshot management, a VDS (Virtual Disk Service) provider for Volume provisioning and a Device Specific Module (DSM) for Microsoft MPIO, all updated to run on the Windows Server 2008 platform.

"As a Microsoft Gold Partner, LeftHand Networks has been working with the Windows Core Storage team for more than a year on integrating, testing, and performance-tuning their iSCSI SAN systems with Windows Server 2008, and we are pleased that they are participating in the launch," said Tony de Freitas, Director, Windows Server at Microsoft. "iSCSI is an ideal storage interface for applications like Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint. LeftHand Networks fully leverages iSCSI and all the Windows Server 2008 storage capabilities to provide a strong storage platform for these applications."

For companies of every size, LeftHand Networks offers a simple, scalable, easy-to-manage data storage solution. LeftHand Networks' innovative approach to storage allows customers to deploy full-featured iSCSI SANs that optimize virtualized environments and deliver enterprise-class capabilities, including Online Volume Migration, Advanced Thin Provisioning, Network RAID Synchronous Replication, Remote Copy Asynchronous Replication, Snapshot, proactive Self-Healing Storage and Centralized Management.

Founded in 1999, LeftHand Networks has more than 2,500 customers and 9,000 systems installed worldwide. As part of its managed partnership with Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT), LeftHand Networks is participating in the Windows Server 2008 Launch and is also involved in pre-release programs for SQL Server 2008 and Windows Hyper-V.

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 storage and server consolidation, multi-site SANs, and disaster recovery. LeftHand SANs are available in the U.S., Canada and throughout Europe. For more information, contact LeftHand at info@lefthandnetworks.com.

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