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JNI, Sun Microsystems Enter Agreement for Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters in Sun Storage Environments.

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JNI Named Authorized Supplier for 1 and 2 Gb HBAs Using Native

Software Drivers Qualified in Sun Servers

JNI(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:JNIC) today announced they have signed an agreement with Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:SUNW) to supply Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs).

The agreement spans the entire family of JNI FibreStar(TM) products, including single- and dual-port Fibre Channel HBAs with PCI bus, SBus and CompactPCI bus connections, operating at both 1 Gb and 2 Gb speeds.

"This is an impactful agreement for JNI," said Eric Sheppard, a senior analyst with IDC. "JNI for the first time will have Sun endorsing its products for the Solaris environment."

Taking into account current spending trends, IDC remains positive about the growth of networked storage. Current IDC research shows networked storage is expected to grow from 16.5% of all disk storage systems revenue in 1999 to 66.2% in 2005. According to Charlotte Rancourt, director of Disk Storage Systems at IDC, "Even during these difficult economic times, end-users continue to spend money on storage solutions that allow for efficient utilization and management of their storage resources. Increasingly, these solutions are in the form of networked storage."

"We selected JNI because of their experience with Sun's Solaris Operating Environment and the benefits we think it can provide to supporting our customer's business and technical requirements," said Tim Pawloski, general manager of strategic systems alliances, Sun Microsystems Inc. "This enables Sun to provide it's customers with improved support and lead times for its Sun StorEdge(TM) 9900 series storage systems."

"This agreement between JNI and Sun begins a new phase in our company's history, one that clearly benefits Sun StorEdge storage systems customers," said Russell Stern, president and CEO of JNI Corporation. "Our Fibre Channel HBAs and Sun's server and storage products and global footprint are a powerful combination in expanding the enterprise network storage environment."

JNI has supplied Fibre Channel HBAs for Solaris(TM) Operating Environment-based servers since 1995. From that beginning, JNI grew to become the leading independent manufacturer of Fibre Channel HBAs for the Solaris environment.

About JNI Corporation

JNI Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of connectivity products for the enterprise data center. The company offers a broad line of products from its Fibre Channel, IO ASICs and IO Solutions business units, including Fibre Channel HBAs and ASICs, high availability storage networking software, as well as InfiniBand HCA Modules and related products for clustered server environments. JNI products run on a variety of operating systems, including Solaris, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Novell, and Mac OS systems. JNI customers, distributors and strategic partners include Acal FCS, Bell Microproducts, Brocade, Chaparral, Cisco Systems, Consan, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, InfiniSwitch, Info X, LSI Logic, McDATA, Mellanox Technologies, Network Appliance, Nishan Systems, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, TidalWire and Veritas. Company headquarters is in San Diego, with offices throughout the world.

JNI -- enterprising solutions(TM)

Forward Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements (including, without limitation, express or implied statements concerning increased sales resulting from the agreement and growth in the market for networked storage) that involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include: our dependence on a small number of OEM and distribution channel customers; potential delays in product development; our dependence on sole source and limited source suppliers for key components; our dependence on growth in the market for servers utilizing the Solaris operating system; increasing competition in the Fibre Channel market; our focus on Fibre Channel products; rapid technological change in our industry; changes in the networked storage market; our reliance on manufacturers in other countries; potential litigation involving intellectual property and other issues; and other risk factors discussed in the company's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

JNI, JNIC, the JNI logo, FibreStar and 'enterprising solutions' are trademarks or registered trademarks of JNI Corp. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, Sun StorEdge and "The Network is The Computer" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
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Date:Oct 16, 2002
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