Industry Veteran Joseph L. Cowan Brings Broad Customer Perspective as DDN Expands Its Footprint in Cloud and Big Data Industries

CHATSWORTH, CA, November 29, 2011 –/– DataDirect Networks (DDN), the world’s largest privately held information storage company, today announced the addition of Joseph L. Cowan to its Board of Directors. Cowan currently serves as President and Chief Executive of Online Resources Corporation, a provider of online banking and bill payment services to financial institutions including over one-third of the top 50 U.S. banks. Prior to Online Resources Corporation, Cowan served as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Interwoven Inc., a provider of content management software, through to the company’s acquisition by Autonomy Corporation

“Joseph Cowan has extraordinary insight into the solutions required by customers in analytics-driven, data-intensive industries including financial services and manufacturing, and we are very pleased to welcome him to DDN’s Board of Directors,” said Alex Bouzari, CEO and cofounder, DataDirect Networks. “As Big Data becomes democratized across the enterprise, information solutions will require not just award-winning performance but the ability to efficiently maximize the value of information. As DDN answers this challenge, Joseph’s experience will be an invaluable asset to our organization.”

DDN’s customers include many of the world’s largest data-intensive computing and content service organizations, and the company was recently named America’s fastest growing computer company with more than $100 million in annual revenue by Inc. Magazine.

“DDN is redefining what is possible in data-driven industries, opening doors to new levels of customer insight and decision making,” Cowan said. “I am confident that my role on DDN’s Board of Directors will aid the company in delivering on-target Big Data solutions in data-intensive and information-hungry industries worldwide.”

Cowan also previously served as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Manugistics Group, Inc., and as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of EXE Technologies, Inc. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Invensys Automation & Information Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc., and was President and Chief Executive Officer of its Wonderware business unit, where he additionally served as Senior Vice President, sales and marketing. Cowan is currently a director of Blackboard Inc. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University.

About DataDirect Networks
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world’s largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and 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.

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