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StorageTek Delivers Media Management Network Appliance for Management of Broadcast Video Assets.


Integrates Excalibur Technologies Screening Room For Capture,

Search And Retrieval Of Archival Footage

StorageTek(R) (Storage Technology Corp., NYSE:STK) today announced the availability of Media Management Network Appliance, a complete Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution for managing and quickly accessing video information at a cost-efficient entry point.

The plug-and-play appliance, co-developed with Excalibur Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq:EXCA), a leading provider of knowledge retrieval and digital asset management solutions, helps broadcast networks and entertainment companies transition to digital environments and establish a solid foundation for future growth and enhancements.

Digital content is growing exponentially and frequently must remain available for fast access. With the StorageTek appliance, companies can save time and money while improving competitive advantage by unlocking valuable video assets. Movie studios need to log, track and retrieve desired frames from large video libraries and also provide group access to daily runs. Similarly, broadcast organizations need to continually archive and index footage and simultaneously maintain quick access to specific, stored news clips, particularly when supporting breaking news stories.

StorageTek and Excalibur Technologies are working with KPBS Public Television in San Diego to refine solutions for managing video assets within the broadcast environment. KPBS-TV is a development site for the StorageTek Media Management Network Appliance and will provide valuable feedback for StorageTek and Excalibur on future requirements for television production, post production and distribution.

StorageTek's Media Management Network Appliance brings video content under intelligent control with the ability to capture, store, search and view footage quickly and efficiently from a standard, Web browser in a Windows NT environment. Excalibur Screening Room(TM) brings advanced technology for video analysis and indexing to StorageTek's proven, enterprise-class disk, tape and NAS software. The combination has resulted in a scalable, integrated system that takes the guesswork out of media management. In addition to a standalone NAS solution, the appliance can be connected to a Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) for optimal data throughput and system flexibility.

"Companies that rely on digital video content for their business entrust these assets to a solution provider like StorageTek," said Jean Reiczyk, StorageTek corporate vice president and general manager, Solutions Business Group. "Through our recent agreement with Excalibur, we have a substantial commitment on both sides to ensure that our customers continue to get the most from our solutions and services today and in the future."

Under an August 24, 1998, agreement, StorageTek and Excalibur have also established a Joint Development Lab at StorageTek's Louisville, Colo. headquarters. The Media Management Network Appliance is the first of a new family of joint solutions from StorageTek and Excalibur for managing a variety of enterprise digital assets.

About Media Management Network Appliance

Generally available by the end of the second quarter, 1999, StorageTek's entry-level Media Management Network Appliance is priced at approximately US$175,000. The appliance includes Excalibur's Screening Room(TM) search and retrieval product with StorageTek's Application Storage Manager(TM) (ASM) software, 9730 tape library and OPENstorage(TM) disk, as well as StorageTek professional services and worldwide customer support. Larger systems can also include StorageTek's OPENstorage(TM) disk and professional services. The entry-level system supports up to 1,500 hours of browse-quality video.

About StorageTek

StorageTek is the preeminent provider of network storage. The company's strategy is to provide open, intelligent and integrated(TM) solutions that combine storage products, storage management software and storage services. StorageTek industry-leading solutions help customers collect, move, store, share and protect all types of digital information on platforms ranging from laptops to enterprise servers. The company, with headquarters in Louisville, Colo., reported revenue of $2.3 billion in 1998. Information on StorageTek is available on the World Wide Web at or phone 1-800-786-7835.

TRADEMARKS: StorageTek is a registered trademark of Storage Technology Corporation. Open, intelligent and integrated and Application Storage Manager and OPENstorage are trademarks of Storage Technology Corporation. Product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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Date:Mar 15, 1999
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