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ADIC DELIVERS SCALABLE AIT LIBRARY.

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC)(Nasdaq:ADIC) has launched its new Scalar 100 AIT automated tape library, a high performance, high density, rack-mountable solution for data protection and high capacity digital storage.

The Scalar 100 is the ideal storage solution for rapidly growing data environments. Its advanced design allows users to grow their system from 24 to 96 tape cartridge positions in minutes without adding any external library expansion hardware, and its integrated connectivity options allow it to attach directly to storage networks.

"We think the Scalar 100 AIT offers the industry's smartest solution for this entire product class," said Bill Britts, ADIC senior vice president of Global Marketing. "It lets users start small -- only 24 tapes and 2 drives -- but it lets them grow easily and quickly up to a 8-drive system that can store 12.5 TB. With the Scalar 100, users install new drives and capacity themselves in less than 10 minutes -- so they avoid all the mess of 'stackable' libraries that force users to disassemble rack systems, install complex and unreliable pass-through mechanisms, and pay for extra robotics. This new library is the clear choice for users who want to combine the advanced technology of AIT drives with the proven performance and reliability of an integrated, scalable library platform."

The Scalar 100 AIT offers from 2 to 8 AIT drives and from 24 to 96 cartridge positions in a chassis that takes up only 14 vertical units in standard 19-inch rack mount systems. Its AIT drive technology provides up to 6MB/second (native) data transfer per drive and average file access times of approximately 30 seconds, the fastest in the industry among mid-range tape drives. The Scalar 100 AIT supports AIT2 technology at launch, and is designed to integrate AIT3 technology later this year.

The Scalar 100 offers features that make it easy to manage. An optional mailbox provides bulk loading for up to 16 tapes at once (in removable magazines). Remote management is provided through a web server integrated into the library. And an integrated SAN connectivity option allows it to connect directly into storage networks.

"The ability to scale from small to large in a single non-stacked enclosure will offer advantages to a broad market," said Steve Duplessie, senior analyst for The Enterprise Storage Group. "ADIC has responded well to the form-factor and density requirements of the market."

The Scalar 100 AIT is available immediately through ADIC resellers and distributors with a list price starting at $23,910.
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Date:May 21, 2001
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