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DDN SFA12K Big Data Storage Appliance Wins Multiple Readers' Choice Awards; Makes DDN the Most Decorated Storage Company in HPCwire History

With a Combined Total of 13 Lifetime HPCwire Awards, DDN Is Now the Most Recognized Storage Company in the History of the HPCwire Awards

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- DataDirect Networks™ (DDN), the leader in massively scalable storage, today announced that the HPC community has again recognized the leadership position of DDN's Storage Fusion Architecture technology for data-intensive and Big Data computing by awarding its flagship SFA™12K™ Big Data storage appliance with three prestigious HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards.

"No other storage technology has come close to solving Big Data performance, scalability and efficiency challenges the way DDN's SFA product portfolio does, and we are honored and humbled by this overwhelming vote of confidence from HPCwire's readership -- our customers," said Alex Bouzari, CEO and cofounder, DDN. "These awards are a tribute to our extremely innovative and very hard-working DDN engineers and employees around the world."

Fusing unprecedented IOPS and bandwidth performance with highly efficient capacity management, the SFA12K is a high-performance storage platform for parallel file serving and deep data archival for data-intensive HPC applications. The SFA12K series is at the core of DDN's HPC storage offerings and figured in all of the company's awards, including: "Best HPC Storage Product or Technology," "Best HPC Storage Cluster Solution or Technology," and as one of the "Top 5 New Products or Technologies to Watch."

"Sustained innovation in HPC can only come from a true commitment to high-scale computing and a focus on resolving some of the most complex problems at scale," said Jean-Luc Chatelain, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Technology, DDN. "With today's announcement, DDN is very excited to be recognized for all that we have accomplished and are even more excited to leverage our recently-announced $100M investment in Exascale computing to resolve the next wave of application scalability challenges."

Announced in November 2011, the SFA12K is DDN's platform for data-intensive and Big Data computing and serves as the industry leader delivering best-in-class efficiency, performance and ease of use for HPC applications, capable of delivering up to 40GB/s in a single system and managing up to 6.7PB of data storage in just two data center racks. With up to 800% greater performance than competing platforms, DDN's SFA12K products minimize the total cost of ownership for high-scale computing environments while also enabling simple, pay-as-you-grow infrastructure scalability.

"It's an honor and a privilege to take time during the most important supercomputing conference globally to acknowledge the organizations and the individuals behind them who exemplify the hard work, dedication, and effort that has taken place the past year to develop new technologies that ultimately benefit mankind", said Jeff Hyman, president and group publisher of Tabor Communications Inc. "The awards represent the highest level of recognition to the leaders and luminaries in the high performance computing industry by our HPCwire readers and the community alike. Our warmest congratulations go out to all the recipients of this year's awards."

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This year's HPCwire awards can be found online at www.HPCwire.com. For more information on DDN's SFA family of storage products, visit http://www.ddn.com/en/products/SFA12K.

About DataDirect Networks
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world leader in massively scalable storage. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.

Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise.

For more information, go to www.ddn.com or call 1-800-837-2298.

DDN, DirectMon, SFA, SFA12K, SFA12K-20E, In-Storage Processing, Storage Fusion Fabric, and WOS are trademarks owned by DataDirect Networks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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