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ADIC Announces Update for AMASS Storage Management Software; AMASS 5.4 Supports Next Generation UDO Drive and OS Technologies.

REDMOND, Wash. -- Advanced Digital Information Corporation (Nasdaq:ADIC), the leader in Intelligent Storage(TM) solutions for the open systems market, announced today the availability of a new version of the company's AMASS(R) archive software, offering expanded support for a variety of drive, media, and operating platform technologies.

New in AMASS 5.4 is support for UDO (Ultra Density Optical) drive technology, and for Plasmon and HP libraries which integrate the new high capacity optical storage. UDO drive technology offers optical storage users 30 GB of data storage per 5.25-inch form factor media, three times the capacity of earlier generation magneto-optical systems. UDO provides secure Write Once technology and long-term media life coupled with fast access to data, characteristics important for customers with rapidly growing archives and requirements for extended data retention.

The 5.4 AMASS release also adds support for newer generation Quantum SDLT and Sony AIT drive technology, IBM 3592 drives, as well as the latest generations of tape library control software -- ADIC's SDLC version 2.5 and StorageTek's ACSLS version 7.1. Operating platform support upgrades in the new release include later versions of SGI IRIX and HP Tru64 operating systems.

"Archiving decisions are becoming strategic for an increasing number of IT organizations as continued data growth collides with expanded requirements to retain more information for longer periods and provide faster access to it," said Lance Hukill, ADIC Executive Director of Advanced Solutions. "Maintaining support for new generations of storage technology is a key element for ensuring that ADIC's data management and archiving software solutions will help our customers keep up with their changing archiving needs."

ADIC's AMASS 5.4 is available December 2004.


AMASS, designed for direct-attached and network-attached storage environments, is a cost-efficient solution for enterprises that have more data than their disk capacity can support. AMASS transforms tape and optical libraries, typically considered "off-line" storage, into truly online direct-access mass storage -- enabling users, administrators, and applications to effortlessly archive terabytes or petabytes of data. AMASS presents an automated optical, tape, or DVD library as one device and one mount point, through a standard UNIX file system interface consisting of directories and files. Users or applications can save or access files residing on libraries in the same way they would with magnetic disk. For more than a decade, AMASS has helped thousands of end users manage Petabytes of data on more than 100 different qualified library models and 15 separate drive types.

About ADIC

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (Nasdaq:ADIC) is a leading provider of Intelligent Storage(TM) solutions to the open systems marketplace. ADIC(R) 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, storage networking appliances, and disk-based backup and restore solutions 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, EMC, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM and Sun. Further information about ADIC is available at

(a) Market Share: Gartner Dataquest, Tape Automation Systems Market Shares, 2003, F. Yale, April 2004. ADIC and AMASS are registered trademarks of Advanced Digital Information Corporation. Intelligent Storage a trademark of Advanced Digital Information Corporation. All other trade or service marks mentioned in this document should be considered the property of their respective owners
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