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ADIC Announces StorNext Management Suite Version to Manage Data on Enterprise Disk and ATA Arrays; New Linux and UNIX Platforms Extend Heterogeneous Support Leadership.

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REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 2003

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (Nasdaq:ADIC) announced today the release of the 2.2 version of the company's StorNext Management Suite (SNMS), the leading high performance data management software for open system SANs.

Expanding on organizations' ability to plan for Total Data Life Management(TM), SNMS 2.2 allows the new high-capacity, low-cost ATA-based arrays to become an additional enterprise storage tier, along with high-performance disk systems and automated tape libraries. Based on automated user-defined policies, organizations can now decide that there is a "life stage" for data when the performance capabilities of ATA disk will meet the access requirements of users. With the new release, SNMS also extends these capabilities to IBM AIX and SuSE Linux operating systems, expanding what was already the industry's leading list of supported open system platforms.

With SNMS, users define data management policies that both place newly created data on appropriate disk types and automatically move existing data between expensive, enterprise disk systems, low-cost ATA arrays, and tape media. Locating data automatically on different media types based on quality of service, access time, and protection requirements allows IT managers to reduce their total ownership costs while managing the life cycle of data.

"Disk technology has generally stayed ahead of the management tools needed to take effective advantage of it," said Paul Rutherford, ADIC Vice President and CTO, Software. "With this release of StorNext Management Suite, the management side has caught up. Now users will have an automated system for using the new disk technology as one additional layer in their Total Data Life Management plan. We're giving users the widest possible set of choices -- including heterogeneous support for the leading open system operating platforms -- to use their storage resources to gain cost and capacity advantages. At the same time we are helping to make managing data in those environments easier and more automated."

StorNext Management Suite 2.2 extends the software's lead in supporting the widest range of different operating systems and storage environments. With the new release, support has been added for IBM AIX, for SuSE Linux, and for the latest versions of Windows XP and Windows 2003 server. Support has also been extended to new tape-based storage systems, including AIT WORM drive technology, StorageTek 9940B drives, and ADIC's new Scalar i2000 automated tape library.

"This release makes a major step forward in helping both enterprise and specialized storage environments take advantage of the latest operating environments along with emerging disk and tape technology advances," said Bill Yaman, ADIC Vice President, Software. "The StorNext File System is the first SAN file system that will allow a fully configured, high-speed, data sharing SAN environment to be built around the Linux operating system, and to support additional UNIX and Windows platforms as clients. One of the advantages to our technology-neutral position on operating systems is that it lets us provide support based on what is most important for our customers."

Designed for data-intensive SAN environments, StorNext(R) Management Suite (SNMS) reduces the time and total cost of managing SAN data. SNMS integrates two powerful components, StorNext File System and StorNext Storage Manager, to provide Total Data Life Management. With SNMS, data -- throughout its lifetime -- is always accessible and protected based on levels of service defined by users. The result is a scalable, high-performance data management solution that optimizes the use of SAN storage while ensuring the long-term safety and recoverability of data. SNMS supports the industry's widest range of Linux, Windows, and UNIX platforms.

About ADIC Software

ADIC data management software provides enterprise-scale access and protection for critical digital assets throughout their lifetime, automatically managing data on different platforms, operating systems, and media types to give users the maximum performance and utilization from their storage resource investment. ADIC data management software is used in more than 1000 organizations worldwide to manage some of the industry's largest and most challenging open systems data storage environments.

About ADIC(R)

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (Nasdaq:ADIC) is a leading provider of Intelligent Storage Solutions(TM) to the open systems marketplace. ADIC is the world's largest supplier of automated tape systems using the drive technologies most often employed for backing up open system, client-server networks.(a) The Company's data management software and storage networking appliances provide IT managers innovative tools for storing, managing and protecting their most valuable digital assets in a variety of disk and tape environments. ADIC storage products are available through a worldwide sales force and a global network of resellers and OEMs, including Cray, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM and Sun. Further information about ADIC is available at www.adic.com.

(a)ADIC and StorNext are registered trademarks and Intelligent Storage and Total Data Life Management are trademarks of Advanced Digital Information Corporation. All other trade or service marks used in this document should be considered the property of their respective owners. Market share from: IDC 2001 worldwide revenue and unit market share data for all automated systems using DLT, SDLT, LTO, 8mm or AIT drives; and Gartner Dataquest, Tape Automation Systems Market Shares, 2002, F. Yale, April 2003.
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