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IBM AND ANACOMP WILL COMBINE TECHNOLOGY TO PRODUCE EXTENDED DATA STORAGE SYSTEM; NEW PRODUCT PROVIDES BRIDGE BETWEEN MAINFRAME, MICROFILM

 ATLANTA, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Anacomp Inc. (NYSE: AAC) today announced it has entered into an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement with the IBM Storage Systems Division to produce an extended data storage product that bridges the gap between on-line data and long- term Computer Output Microfilm (COM) storage.
 The product is expected to be available in the first calendar quarter of 1994.
 Anacomp's Extended Storage System (ESS), which features an OEM version of IBM Storage Systems Division's 3995 Optical Library Dataserver, will allow mainframe computer users to store and retrieve data through desktop terminals or PCs while also supporting permanent storage via COM systems. The real benefit of this system is that it offers the speed of electronic delivery and the long-term stability of micrographics.
 "In IBM's 3995 we have a proven product with hundreds of installations in various applications," said Michael H. Riley, Anacomp senior vice president of product planning and marketing. "Our customers are looking for this kind of reliability. They are demanding faster and more flexible storage and retrieval of information to meet service and productivity goals. On-line and near-line data accessibility for up to one year is a typical requirement.
 "ESS allows our customers to solve a core business problem -- the requirement of electronic access to data -- without supplanting inexpensive and secure COM storage," Riley added.
 Retrieval software included in Anacomp's ESS will point to data and allow for quick and easy retrieval of data stored on a 3995. The 3995 can provide up to 377 gigabytes of machine-readable data storage, equivalent to upwards of 100 million pages.
 "The 3995 Optical Library Dataserver provides customers with IBM's leading edge technology for managing information," said Dr. Victor Jipson, IBM Optical Business Unit manager. "This device is unique in the industry in that it uses traditional access methods for writing and retrieving data on optical media. This standard eliminates any customer concerns about modification of existing applications and procedures."
 According to Riley, customers can thus take advantage of optical disk technology without worrying about system obsolescence. "ESS fills the gap in the storage-retrieval hierarchy between fast but expensive mainframe storage and slower but far cheaper long-term microfiche storage."
 As data ages, it will migrate toward the lowest-cost, machine- readable medium until machine-readable access is no longer required. Then, the COM archive will provide long-term storage.
 Riley said micrographics will remain a very significant information management tool well into the next century. "But we've been evaluating the technological and market progress of a wide range of new storage technologies that address customer needs," Riley said. "We consider IBM's 3995 system a highly marketable core component that permits us to take the next logical step in data storage technology."
 Anacomp will provide not only the ESS system, including software, but also technical service, support and optical, magnetic tape and film media, providing a single source for customers. System cost will depend on customer requirements.
 "The ability to deliver the system, the storage media, service and integrated support for COM will give Anacomp the most complete and coherent offering in the industry," Riley said.
 Anacomp is a Fortune 500 company and one of the world's leading providers of information management systems, supplies and services, with clients in banking, insurance, manufacturing, health care, retailing and other information-intensive organizations.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis Lindsey, communications director, Anacomp Inc., 404-262-2667/
 (AAC IBM)


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