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Solucient Expands Its EqualLogic Peerstorage Array Implementation Based on Success and Rapid ROI of Initial Deployment

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 2003--
  iSCSI Networked Storage Solution Delivers Promised Ease-Of-Management, Scalability and Affordability; Extended Deployment Underway  

EqualLogic(R), Inc. today announced Solucient, a provider of business intelligence for the health care industry, has expanded its deployment of EqualLogic's intelligent, iSCSI-based PeerStorage(TM) arrays based on the success and rapid ROI achieved through an initial July installation. The PeerStorage solution provides Solucient's development lab and select production systems an all-in-one, self-managing storage area network (SAN) to handle its rapidly growing data.

With a client base of more than 5,500, Solucient provides information resources to over 3,000 hospitals and 18 of the 20 pharmaceutical manufacturers in the United States. Michael Reed, senior director of IT, said, "EqualLogic made the cost and accessibility benefits of the much evangelized iSCSI standard a reality for us. The PeerStorage array delivers what is promised - a robust, intelligent storage solution that is very easy to install, maintain and expand without being disruptive to my existing environment."

Solucient had the first PeerStorage array fully deployed and integrated into its IT infrastructure in less than an hour and expects matching results as it integrates the two new arrays. The PeerStorage array connects to multiple servers including those housing development applications and data warehouses. The PeerStorage array's self-managing intelligence automatically load-balances storage resources across disk sets, arrays and network connections as data loads change on the servers. This ensures applications are running at peak performance at all times and minimizes user interaction.

"EqualLogic helps businesses like Solucient leverage the economic benefits of iSCSI by providing an intelligent SAN to meet immediate storage needs and lay the infrastructure for continued growth," said John Joseph, vice president of marketing for EqualLogic. "Our self-managing PeerStorage arrays deliver centralized and flexible management capabilities on a highly reliable hardware platform to remove the complexity of storage environments."

The PeerStorage array's compact, modular design is fully redundant and comes with all the required features of a robust SAN, including management software and snapshot functionality. PeerStorage architecture has been shown to reduce storage management expenses by 75 percent and increase asset utilization to more than 85 percent. It supports heterogeneous network environments that include Solaris, Netware, Windows and Linux operating systems. Product pricing starts at $28,250 MSRP.

About Solucient

Solucient is the leading source of health care business intelligence. The company provides comprehensive, results-oriented information to drive business growth, manage costs, and help deliver quality care. Solucient's expertise and proven solutions enable providers, payers, employers, and pharmaceutical companies to achieve results and realize value. For more information, visit www.solucient.com.

About EqualLogic

PeerStorage(TM) solutions from EqualLogic(R), Inc. deliver the benefits of consolidated storage in a modular, self-managing, IP-based storage area network that is affordable and easy to use, regardless of scale. By eliminating complex tasks and enabling fast and flexible storage provisioning, PeerStorage solutions dramatically reduce acquisition and ongoing operational costs and make enterprise class shared block storage practical for the mid-range storage market. EqualLogic is based in Nashua, NH. For more information visit http://www.equallogic.com/ or http://www.peerstorage.com/

EqualLogic and PeerStorage are trademarks or registered trademarks of EqualLogic, Inc. Other marks belong to their respective owners.