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Network Hardware Resale Announces Channel Partnership with Cirtas Systems Extending Its Product Portfolio to Include Reliable, Secure Cloud Storage

NHR Leverages Broad Expertise in the Networking Equipment Industry and Extensive Sales Force to Deliver Next-Generation Cloud-Enabled Storage Technology

Santa Barbara, Calif. ─ September 22, 2010 ─ Network Hardware Resale (NHR), the leading provider of pre-owned and new networking solutions, is partnering with Cirtas Systems, the first company to make cloud storage work like on-site enterprise storage arrays, to accelerate market momentum for the recently unveiled Cirtas Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller.

As a member of the newly launched Cirtas channel program, NHR will leverage its skilled sales force of more than 100 account executives and strategic marketing capabilities to assist Cirtas in driving rapid Bluejet adoption. With the first production units now available, NHR is well positioned to introduce this highly innovative cloud storage controller to its large customer base, including Global 1000 organizations, small and mid-sized enterprises, financial and educational institutions, healthcare organizations, government entities and telecommunications service providers.

The Cirtas Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller is the first cloud-enabled storage system to solve the problems of storing data in the cloud, including security, performance, connectivity and manageability, which have slowed enterprise acceptance of low-cost, external cloud storage. Bluejet resides in a customer’s data center and is provisioned on the Storage Area Network (SAN) just like an on-site storage array, enabling data to be easily managed, compressed, deduplicated and encrypted before storing it in the cloud. Using embedded WAN optimization and advanced virtualization capabilities, Bluejet accelerates data transfer from the SAN to the cloud while still providing local storage features and functionality, which significantly reduces storage Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The highly innovative technology is backed by NEA, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Amazon after the recently announced completion of Cirtas’ $10 million Series A funding round.

According to Mike Sheldon, president and CEO of Network Hardware Resale, the Cirtas Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller can dramatically improve the economics of storage environments while removing major barriers to cloud storage. “As one of the fastest growing IT cost centers, data storage is a front-and-center issue for our enterprise customers who are seeking more affordable and reliable ways to store and manage business-critical information,” he explains.

“Cirtas Bluejet is an exciting new technology that frees IT managers to unlock the massive cost savings of moving and storing data in the cloud while alleviating their current concerns over data safety and security. By removing the obstacles to public cloud storage, we can help enterprises easily and quickly lower storage TCO while simplifying data management.”

For NHR, the value proposition of the Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller is aligned with the company’s focus on helping customers optimize IT budgets with the procurement of quality, tested, pre-owned and new networking equipment along with industry-leading maintenance and technical support. “NHR truly understands the importance of helping customers maximize their IT budgets without compromising support for mission-critical environments,” says Dan Decasper, CEO and Co-founder at Cirtas Systems. “We are extremely pleased to welcome NHR to the Cirtas channel program. It is clear that NHR’s strong customer focus, decades of experience in the networking industry and highly skilled sales force will prove instrumental in helping Cirtas accelerate deployments of our Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller.”

About Cirtas Systems
Cirtas solves the challenges associated with storing data in the cloud, making cloud storage work just like on-site enterprise storage arrays. Deployed in the data center, Cirtas Bluejet Cloud Storage Controllers simplify storage management and vastly reduce data storage TCO for medium to large enterprises. Founded in 2008, the company is headquartered in San Jose, California and is backed by NEA, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Amazon. For more information, visit www.cirtas.com.

About Network Hardware Resale
Network Hardware Resale (NHR) is the leading provider of pre-owned and new networking solutions. Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., the company is an independent reseller of pre-owned Cisco, Juniper and Foundry networking equipment as well as an authorized reseller and distributor of resilient, scalable equipment from Dell Networking. NHR also offers cost-effective network management, asset management, alternative maintenance and technical support services and is an authorized reseller of Cirtas Bluejet Cloud Storage Controllers. Founded in 1986, NHR provides global sales and technical support from its California, Dallas metro, New York City metro, Amsterdam, London and Singapore locations. Organizations worldwide purchase quality networking equipment from NHR, including Global 1000 companies, small and mid-sized enterprises, government entities, educational institutions, healthcare organizations and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit www.networkhardware.com.

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