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Attune Systems Announces Strategic Direction for Providing Location-Independent File Virtualization
Attune Systems, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class file virtualization solutions, today announced the companys strategy of extending file virtualization benefits across the enterprise from central office to branch office in a location-independent fashion.

System administrators need to optimize their unstructured file storage environments in all locations, and, in the past, these benefits were not possible due to latency and bandwidth limitations across wide area networks (WAN). The proliferation of effective WAN optimization and wide area file services (WAFS) solutions, combined with Attunes unique file virtualization techniques, generates even more powerful solutions for customers.

Attune file virtualization customers, such as Granite Telecommunications, are already reaping the advantages of central file virtualization by automating management of unstructured file data across heterogeneous resources within their data centers. They recognize the value of extending these benefits to branch office locations using Attunes Maestro File Manager.

"After in-depth reporting and analysis of our storage environment followed by comprehensive testing, we found the Attune file virtualization solution to be the only one that delivered immediate, tangible results, said Brian McStowe, system administrator, Granite Telecommunications. It is critical for us to understand both how our servers are performing and see the data access patterns within our datacenter in order to optimize and efficiently manage our resources. With Attunes file virtualization solution, we are able to analyze our environment, automate the management and handling of data using policies, and non-disruptively migrate content across distributed resources.

McStowe recognizes the value that Attune brings to its storage environment. Attune's solution is unique and adds a tremendous amount of value for us today, he added. We see it as a proof-point towards their vision for providing true, location-independent virtualization by leveraging their unique, technology-based capabilities across fully distributed environments. Other vendors have made claims, while Attune has focused on delivering value now, with real solutions to real problems."

Attunes comprehensive file virtualization includes detailed reporting across the entire enterprise, so extending full-scale file virtualization is a natural next step, which we have been planning and developing as part of our strategy, said Daniel Liddle, vice president of marketing at Attune Systems. The capabilities and technologies we have developed are powerful and complementary to leading solutions in the WAN optimization and WAFS markets. In combining these complementary solutions, we are seeing the proverbial one plus one equals three value proposition. You can expect to see real progress, backed by a series of customer, technology, product, and alliance announcements in the coming months as we execute and deliver on this vision.

Published Wednesday, June 20, 2007 6:05 AM by David Marshall
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