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Artecon RAID Storage System Earns Microsoft Cluster Server Certification.

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 20, 1998--

SuperFlex 5500 Delivers on the Performance, Fault-Tolerance and

Scalability Requirements of Demanding NT Clustering Applications

Artecon (NASDAQ:ARTE), a global leader in high-availability open systems network- and server-attached storage solutions, today announced that its SuperFlex(TM) 5500 RAID storage system has been validated as a "Cluster Device" by Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs.

The SuperFlex 5500 system can now officially be used to create Windows NT 4.0 Enterprise Edition Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) configurations (also known as Wolfpack) when combined with other MSCS-approved devices.

Clustered systems provide high availability and greater aggregate performance for critical business applications. SuperFlex 5500 allows users to streamline the implementation of high-performing, resilient and scalable storage systems for multiple-server cluster environments. The validation as an MSCS-compatible clustering component provides assurance to users that SuperFlex 5500 is a proven storage solution for NT cluster applications.

"SuperFlex 5500 brings exceptionally robust, fault-tolerant data storage to the clustering environment," said Ted Chen, vice president of marketing for Artecon. "Our work with Microsoft on this rigorous validation underscores our strategic focus on NT. This also confirms our intent to meet the overall solution requirements for high-availability storage which now includes Wolfpack."

"The NT server market for clustered environments requires uninterrupted availability, performance and scalability," said Dave Hill, senior analyst of storage and storage management for Aberdeen Group. "SuperFlex 5500's cluster certification strengthens Artecon's position in the clustering market. The system has the fault tolerance and performance required in clustered enterprise environments."

SuperFlex 5500 provides the performance, resiliency and scalability ideal for complex multi-server environments. The system features dual-active UltraSCSI RAID controllers with Intel processors and mirrored write-back cache for optimal performance. SuperFlex 5500's dual-active RAID controllers also minimize the risk of a single point of failure in the storage system with transparent automatic failover and failback. The 14-bay SuperFlex 5500 provides capacity up to 256 gigabytes per system and can be configured to reach 2.5 terabytes by connecting multiple systems.

SuperFlex 5500 passed Microsoft's PC 97 Hardware Design Guide compliance testing for Windows NT 4.0 which includes cluster test, cluster failover test, RAID hardware test, and disk stress test. Hardware listed by Microsoft as PC 97 is compatible with Windows NT and meets the Designed for Windows NT requirements. Artecon has also received the Microsoft Cluster System certification for a cluster consisting of SuperFlex 5500 and Compaq servers and is in the process of validating another cluster with IBM servers. More information on Windows NT 4.0 MSCS configurations and the Microsoft Cluster Server Hardware Compatibility Tests can be found at

About Artecon

Founded in 1984, Artecon designs, manufactures, markets and supports a broad range of enterprise storage solutions to satisfy the high availability, performance and capacity requirements of the open systems market. On March 31, 1998, Artecon completed a merger with independent RAID storage vendor Storage Dimensions, creating one of the world's largest open systems, independent storage companies serving the PC-LAN and Unix markets. The combined company's products consist of server-attached as well as network-attached storage systems. In addition, the company's EXTREME product line includes disaster-tolerant RAID systems for telco Central Office and Internet applications. Artecon has a subsidiary in Japan, and a subsidiary in Europe with offices in France, England and the Netherlands. The company also operates through reseller and distributor channels worldwide. Additional information on Artecon can be found on the Internet at

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the company's expectations and product development plans, which are subject to change. Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statement. For more information regarding potential risks, see the "Risk Factors" section of the company's most recent filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which may be accessed on the World Wide Web at

CONTACT: Artecon

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