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Shutterfly Chooses DataDirect

LAS VEGAS -- DataDirect Networks Inc., the storage performance and capacity leader, announced today that it has delivered and installed multiple S2A9550 storage solutions equal to 2.5 PB, to Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY), an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service. DataDirect's S2A9550 is the industry's highest performing and most dense storage solution.

Shutterfly chose the S2A9550 based on its ability to meet the company's requirements for scalability, high performance, high availability and fault tolerance. DataDirect's S2A9550 is being used as the primary storage pool to store customer data.

"Preserving our customers' digital memories is crucial to maintaining our customers' trust," said Jeff Whitehead, vice president of internet operations & chief information officer at Shutterfly. "Shutterfly selected DataDirect Networks in large part due to their high density storage, total cost of ownership, fault tolerance and availability, which helps us to further secure our rapidly growing archive of over one billion images."

The S2A9550 incorporates enterprise-class data protection like on-the-fly parity checking of all read I/Os, and hardware RAID 6. The S2A9550's pioneering hardware RAID 6 controller protects data in the event of a double disk failure in the same redundancy group, without adversely affecting data availability or system performance.

"We're pleased that the S2A9550 met Shutterfly's benchmarks for a scalable, robust and easy-to-manage storage sub-system for their proprietary architecture," added Paul Bloch, president of DataDirect Networks. "The S2A9550 allows Shutterfly to easily scale their storage without expensive re-architecting while providing the highest levels of Quality of Service for consistent, predictable data delivery to real-life application environments."

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