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DIGITAL PICKS FIBRE CHANNEL AS StorageWorks SERIAL SCSI STANDARD

 Sees Parallel SCSI as Frontrunner for Near Future


MAYNARD, Mass., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation's (NYSE: DEC) Storage Business Unit has chosen Fibre Channel as the standard serial SCSI technology for the StorageWorks family. As requirements for long-distance connectivity and enhanced performance increase, Fibre Channel will provide a superior long-term solution for users. Digital will also continue to invest in the development and support of parallel SCSI products and technology.

In the Fibre Channel area, Digital first will offer an array controller followed by Fibre Channel-Arbitrated Loop devices. Evaluation units of the Fibre Channel array controller will be available for the OEM market in the fourth quarter of calendar year 1996. JBOD Serial Packaging will be available for the OEM market in August of this year.

"Although parallel SCSI technology is the high-performance, local connection solution, we are pleased that serial technology soon will be ready to meet the stringent requirements our customers expect in StorageWorks products," said Robert Rennick, vice president and general manager for Digital's Storage Business Unit.

Major improvements in parallel SCSI technology in the last year have ensured that products based on this technology will continue to meet the majority of customer needs as well as provide investment protection. However, Fibre Channel offers clear advantages in bandwidth and flexibility of connection and gradually will increase market share as its costs begin to come in line with parallel SCSI solutions. Digital's Storage Interconnect Lab in Shrewsbury, Mass., has been the source of much of the recent underlying work on SCSI interface standards, including contribution to the industry ULTRA-SCSI standard, and developing electrical level industry standards for both Fibre Channel and SSA.

StorageWorks products are available on multiple operating systems and hardware platforms including Digital, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Sun servers and workstations, and Novell and Windows NT environments. Products are available through Digital's business partners, local Digital sales offices, and DECdirect. For more information about Digital's complete line of hardware and software products, call 1-800-STORWORK (1-800-786-7967) or visit http://www.storage.digital.com/ on the world wide web.

Digital Equipment Corporation is the world's leader in open client/server solutions from personal computers to integrated worldwide information systems. Digital's Intel and Alpha platforms, storage, networking, software and services, together with industry-focused solutions from business partners, help organizations compete and win in today's global marketplace.

NOTE: Digital, the Digital logo, DECdirect and StorageWorks are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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