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ADIC Software Announces Interoperability with Apple's New Xsan File System; StorNext Management Suite Integrates the Mac Platform into Heterogeneous SAN Environments.

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REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 19, 2004

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (Nasdaq:ADIC), leading supplier of Intelligent Storage(TM) solutions to the open systems market, announced today that its StorNext Management Suite (SNMS) data management software offers full interoperability with Apple's new Xsan file system.

The interoperability, which is an exclusive feature of SNMS, lets end users add Mac-based server and storage resources to the list of platforms that can transparently share data over a SAN. This makes it possible for users to apply ADIC's policy-based data management capabilities both to Mac environments and to heterogeneous environments that include Xsan-based hosts. With ADIC's policy-based data management, users reduce costs and administrative overhead by automating the management and protection of their data, and they lay a foundation for Information Lifecycle Management (ILM).

Interoperability between Apple's Xsan and ADIC's SNMS provides a high-performance, SAN-based storage infrastructure designed to serve a wide range of businesses and industries that need to access, protect, and retain their large-scale digital assets over time.

"We are pleased to be working with Apple to offer this new level of interoperability to our joint customers," said Bill Yaman, Vice President, ADIC Software. "This announcement means that users with an Xsan-hosted SAN can now add UNIX, Windows, or Linux platforms to it easily, and support all the hosts with a common file system. For SNMS users, it means that they can now add Xsan-hosted applications to their unified storage environment. For both groups, it means that ADIC's policy-based data management capability can now extend seamlessly to cover all of their platforms and applications."

"Apple and ADIC have worked together to ensure that Apple's new Xsan storage area network is completely interoperable with ADIC's StoreNext Management Suite, enabling customers to build powerful cross-platform storage solutions," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Customers can now build an enterprise-class SAN at breakthrough prices with Xsan and XserveRAID and reduce information lifecycle costs using ADIC's advanced policy-based data management software."

Xsan is a high-performance SAN file system for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. Xsan enables Mac users to share data stored on one or more Xserve RAID devices with multiple Xserve or Power Mac systems. Xsan includes all the software required for a complete SAN solution -- the metadata controller software, the file system client software and integrated setup, management and monitoring tools.

StorNext(R) Management Suite is policy-based data management software that provides the Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) foundation for a growing volume of business-critical data that must be accessed, protected, and retained appropriately as its value changes over time. Because SNMS unifies data across different server/OS platforms and storage technologies, it offers a unique foundation for balancing cost, performance, and capacity demands. As a result, organizations that deploy SNMS improve storage utilization, simplify data management, and reduce TCO.

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 1,000 organizations worldwide to manage some of the industry's largest and most challenging open systems data storage environments.

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-to-tape data protection 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, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM and Sun. Further information about ADIC is available at

(a) IDC 2001 worldwide revenue and unit market share data for all automated systems using DLT, SDLT, LTO, 8mm or AIT drives; Gartner Dataquest, 2002 Market Shares and Forecasts for Tape Automation Systems, F. Yale, August 2002; and, Gartner Dataquest, Tape Automation Systems Market Shares, 2002, F. Yale, April 2003. ADIC and StorNext are registered trademarks and Intelligent Storage is 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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