FlashNAS Now Features Windows Storage Server 2003

Burlington, MA. May 18, 2004. Winchester Systems Inc., a leading storage solutions company, today announced the latest entries in its FlashNAS family of Network Attached Storage server products. FlashNAS combines the ability to support optimized data storage on SATA, SCSI & Fibre Channel disk drive technologies with the advanced storage features of Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003.

Chuck Hafemann, Senior Product Manager, Winchester Systems, said, "FlashNAS is a robust, Intel server platform-based, file serving appliance that runs Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003. It serves files to any Windows, Unix or MAC OS X clients. FlashNAS enables easy deployment of RAID storage to multiple servers and hundreds of users over existing LAN infrastructures." To maximize the users efficient use of storage resources within the Windows environment, FlashNAS provides 64 point-in-time copies, user quotas, file sharing with security, and an easy-to-use web-based GUI. FlashNAS also includes the powerful Windows Server 2003 class print server for added functionality in a single NAS appliance.

FlashNAS easily scales to over 40 Terabytes of RAID storage and supports all FlashDisk RAID technologies: SATA for a variety of highly cost effective secondary storage applications, SCSI for high-performance primary storage, and full Fibre Channel for enterprise applications that require the highest levels of performance, scalability and availability. SATA may be mixed and used simultaneously with SCSI or Fibre Channel for maximum flexibility in matching applications needs to technology.

FlashNAS easily integrates with existing Storage Area Networks and enables consolidation of multiple file servers to provide the most efficient possible use of enterprise storage resources. With Windows Storage Server 2003, FlashNAS provides significant improvement in NFS & CIFS performance compared to Windows 2000 servers. FlashNAS is sold in conjunction with field proven FlashDisk OpenRAID, FlashDisk SATA and FlashDisk OpenSAN storage products from Winchester Systems.

"We are pleased to work with Winchester Systems Inc. to deliver their Windows-based FlashNAS appliance, built on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003," said Marcus Schmidt, Senior Product Manager, Windows Storage Server 2003, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq "MSFT"). "FlashNAS in conjunction with Windows Storage Server 2003 provides enterprise customers the benefit of choosing storage ideally suited to the application at hand in a single, easily managed and scalable storage appliance."

Winchester Systems provides network attached storage, direct attached storage and storage area network enterprise storage solutions. These solutions include high performance SCSI, SATA and Fibre Channel RAID disk arrays, tape backup devices and other high performance commercial and military grade storage for mid-range servers including Windows, Linux, and UNIX. For more information visit Winchester Systems on the web at http://www.winsys.com.