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JNI Joins InfiniBand Trade Association; Developer of First Fibre Channel Solution Joins I/O Standard Working Group.

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 27, 2000

JNI(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:JNIC), the first company to ship a commercial Fibre Channel solution, today announced it has joined the InfiniBand Trade Association.

The InfiniBand Trade Association is developing a new input/output (I/O) architecture to replace legacy I/O bus architectures, such as PCI.

The InfiniBand Trade Association was founded to develop the InfiniBand Architecture, an industry specification for a channel-based, switched fabric architecture that provides a scalable performance range of 500MB/s to 6GB/s per link, meeting the needs from entry level to high-end enterprise systems. The organization is led by seven steering companies: Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.

"The enterprise computing market has embraced Fibre Channel as an effective switched fabric architecture that can be delivered today," said Chuck McKnett, chief technology officer for JNI. "By joining the InfiniBand Trade Association, we can leverage our experience in delivering enterprise-level Fibre Channel solutions to help the organization set the specifications for a new I/O architecture standard to replace PCI and PCI-X bus architectures."

"JNI's participation gives our customers a voice in how today's de facto standard for storage network technology will interoperate with InfiniBand architecture," McKnett said.

About JNI Corporation

JNI Corporation is one of the leading developers and manufacturers of Fibre Channel hardware and software products that form critical elements of SANs. JNI developed some of the first commercially available Fibre Channel-based products and the company concentrates exclusively on the Fibre Channel market. Because of JNI's early and continuous focus on developing technology and products based on the Fibre Channel standard, the company has successfully developed a broad line of PCI bus and SBus-based host bus adapters, ASICs and software that provide increased bandwidth for data communications, increased distance for high speed data transmission, guaranteed data delivery and scalability to large numbers of network connections. JNI is headquartered in San Diego.

JNI -- First in Fibre Channel(TM)

Forward Looking Statements

With the exception of historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These risks include the rapidly changing technology in the company's markets, the evolving industry standards and frequent introductions of new products and enhancements; the fact that the Fibre Channel market is at an early stage of development; the company's reliance on certain contract manufacturers, OEMs, distributors and key customers and the other risks discussed in the company's registration statement on Form S-1 and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

JNI, JNIC and First in Fibre Channel are trademarks or registered trademarks of JNI Corp. InfiniBand is a trademark and service mark of the InfiniBand Trade Association. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
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