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EXSYS AND ZITEL JOINTLY ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO INTEGRATE ZITEL'S CASD TECHNOLOGY INTO EXSYS' PRODUCT FAMILY

 SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- EXSYS Storage Systems and Zitel Corp. (NASDAQ: ZITL) jointly announced today an agreement in principle for EXSYS to be the first in the Digital market to integrate and distribute Zitel's innovative I/O co-processing products, CASD 1000/2000. EXSYS is well known to users of Digital systems for its expertise in adapter design and high performance integrated systems solutions. Initially, the CASD system will be targeted at high-end DSSI- based VAX and AXP systems. In early 1994, EXSYS plans to adapt CASD to its new CI-SCSI Server, the CIE9000.
 EXSYS plans to provide Digital customers with cost-effective, easily implemented storage hierarchies using CASD systems in combination with high performance fault tolerant disk arrays, along with interactive tape and optical library systems.
 Scot Leisy, EXSYS' vice president of sales and marketing, stated, "In the past, there have been two limitations to broader use of products like SSD and complex hierarchical storage systems: system management difficulties and cost. CASD does away with both limitations. It will provide our customers an entirely new option in the storage hierarchy -- near-SSD performance at prices comparable to various RAID solutions."
 In addition to supplying the CASD product to EXSYS, Zitel will also act as the sales arm for EXSYS products in Europe, South America and portions of the Pacific Rim, using established EXSYS distributors and establishing new distribution in areas where EXSYS distributors have not been appointed.
 Mike Rogers, Zitel's vice president of sales and marketing, stated, "EXSYS has been instrumental in qualification testing the CASD products on Digital systems to ensure full compatibility with EXSYS adapters. We relied heavily on EXSYS expertise to support our own efforts to adapt CASD for the Digital market. Now we are forming a partnership to enhance the ultimate offering to the Digital customers and to utilize Zitel sales personnel in international areas to support EXSYS distributors in the sale of the EXSYS product line. We are excited about the potential of this new relationship."
 EXSYS Storage Systems is the premier manufacturer of Custom Engineered Storage System for Digital Equipment computers. EXSYS offers a complete line of SCSI-2 solutions with connections for CI, BI, Q-Bus and SCSI-based VAX and ALPHA systems. EXSYS is located at 1290 Tully Road, Suite 703, San Jose, CA 95122. Telephone 408-292-0343; FAX 408-292-1040.
 Zitel Corp. specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of high performance storage subsystems and high speed data communications products for varied applications across a range of UNIX file-servers, mainframes and proprietary systems. These products are offered through systems integrators, value added resellers and distributors, OEMs and directly to end users. The company is headquartered at 47211 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538. Telephone 510-440-9600 or 800-622-5020 (outside California); FAX 510-440-9666.
 All product names and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Rogers, vice president, sales & marketing, of Zitel Corp., 510-440-9600; or Scot Leisy, vice president, sales & marketing, of EXSYS Storage Systems, 408-292-0343/
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