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Increased Security, Performance and Flexibility Featured in ADIC's New AMASS 5.3 Data Management Software.

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REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 10, 2002

AMASS 5.3 delivers the highest performance archiving solution for UNIX environments and the broadest support for media and operating systems

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (Nasdaq:ADIC), the leader in Intelligent Storage(TM) solutions for the open systems market, today announced the general availability of the latest version of its AMASS for UNIX data management software, AMASS 5.3.

The new AMASS version incorporates support for Write-once Read-many (WORM) tape technology and the latest revisions of UNIX operating systems to provide users with high security storage for large data sets at low cost.

AMASS gives end users access to information stored on high capacity tape and optical storage systems using the same applications they use to access data on disk, greatly reducing storage costs. With the addition of support for Sony Corporation's AIT WORM tape drives, AMASS 5.3 allows IT departments to use high-capacity, low-cost tape libraries to store digital data as part of SEC-mandated policies for long-term record keeping.

"Tape systems are much less expensive than the optical systems many SEC-regulated industries now use for long term record retention, they allow data to be replicated much faster, and, when combined with features like AMASS's Infinite File Life, they preserve data just as well," explained Paul Rutherford, ADIC vice president of Technology. Infinite File Life (IFL), an AMASS-exclusive feature, proactively tests the status of files stored on removable media, automatically writing information to new media when read error rates hit pre-set thresholds.

AMASS 5.3 also includes upgraded support for the latest versions of Solaris, HPUX, Irix and Tru64 to deliver the highest possible performance and compatibility with the latest application software. Other core AMASS 5.3 features include on-line metadata search, clustered server support, and capacity that scales to handle millions of files and petabytes of data. AMASS is compatible with all leading media types, including LTO and 9940B tape drives, optical media, and DVDs, to provide flexible data storage options that fit a wide range of budgets and applications.

"AMASSprovides the data storage community with the most flexible, most scalable and highest performing archive system available for UNIX environments," Rutherford said. "It is helping thousands of organizations around the world access and protect critical digital information."

For more details about AMASS 5.3, visit the ADIC Web site at www.adic.com.

About AMASS

AMASS is specialized storage management software that lets users, administrators, and applications archive large data sets on automated storage libraries and retrieve all or any portion of the data at any time. AMASS provides users with enormous storage capacity and cost savings with the look and feel of a hard disk, transforming devices typically considered "off-line storage" into truly online direct-access mass storage. AMASS software is used in more than 1000 organizations worldwide to manage some of the industry's largest and most challenging data storage environments.

About ADIC Software

ADIC Software is the data management software supplier that provides Enterprise-scale access and protection for critical digital assets throughout their lifetime. ADIC Software automatically manages data on different platforms, operating systems, and media types to give users the maximum performance and utilization from their open system storage resource investment. ADIC data management software is used in more than 1000 organizations worldwide to manage some of the industry's largest and most challenging 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 storage management software and storage networking appliances provide IT managers' innovative tools for storing, managing and protecting their most valuable digital assets. ADIC storage products are available through a worldwide sales force and a global network of resellers and OEMs, including Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. For more information, visit www.adic.com.

(a) Market share from IDC 2001 worldwide revenue and unit market share data for all automated systems using DLT, SDLT, LTO, 8mm or AIT drives and Gartner/Dataquest, 2002 Market Shares and Forecasts for Tape Automation Systems, F. Yale, August 2002.

ADIC and AMASS are registered trademarks and Intelligent Storage is a trademark of Advanced Digital Information Corporation. All other trade or service marks mentioned in this release should be considered the property of their respective owners.
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