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MICRO TECHNOLOGY ACQUIRES SF2 CORP., FIRST COMPANY TO DELIVER RAID 5 TECHNOLOGY, AND ENTERS FAULT TOLERANT DISK ARRAY MARKET

MICRO TECHNOLOGY ACQUIRES SF2 CORP., FIRST COMPANY TO DELIVER RAID 5
 TECHNOLOGY, AND ENTERS FAULT TOLERANT DISK ARRAY MARKET
 ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Micro Technology Inc. announced today a preliminary agreement to acquire SF2 Corp., a Sunnyvale, Calif. company which has pioneered the new technology of fault tolerant disk array storage products known as RAID 5/6.
 Established in 1987, SF2 was the first company to deliver RAID 5/6 technology. The firm currently has 24 patents pending or issued in fault tolerant RAID technology and networking. Storage systems based on RAID technology insure no accidental loss of data, a growing demand of today's on-line systems.
 Micro Technology, with anticipated current year revenue of $110 million in just four years, is currently listed by Inc. magazine as the No. 102 fastest growing privately held company in America. With the acquisition of SF2, Micro Technology is positioned to continue its fast pace growth and establish itself as a worldwide leader in fault tolerant storage systems.
 "SF2's fault tolerant RAID 5 technology is an investment in the future," said Steve Hamerslag, president and chief executive officer of Micro Technology. "It allows us to leap-frog the many companies who are talking about introducing fault tolerant systems by immediately delivering a system, our FailSafe Series (TM), which interfaces directly into the DEC CI cluster network."
 Micro Technology will be the first and only company worldwide to deliver 100 percent fault tolerant RAID 5/6 into the DEC computing environment.
 "In addition to establishing us as leaders in this new technology, the acquisition of SF2 clearly redefines our presence in the market with the ability to offer fault tolerant RAID storage solutions in the on-line transaction procession environment. Thus, SF2 gives us the base technology to aggressively expand beyond the DEC environment," Hamerslag continued.
 The FailSafe Series will be interfaced to many different host/bus computing environments. Its architecture is based on an "open computing" design employing high performance parallels SCSI II data paths, AMD 29000 20 MHz RISC-based processors, and a UNIX operating system to manage the many levels of fault tolerance that the system maintains.
 "Our near-term goal, in addition to establishing market share in the DEC VAX environment, is to aggressively move the technology into UNIX network-based computing," said Tom Raimondi, Micro Technology's vice president of product marketing. "We will also look at opportunities in the IBM mainframe and midrange markets, among others. The SF2 acquisition provides us with a cornerstone of technology to build on for the next decade."
 The acquisition creates a new, highly competitive force in the storage server environment, through the combination of Micro Technology's world class sales and service organization and SF2's advanced technology.
 Established in 1979, Micro Technology is a proven leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of quality enhancement products in networking, storage subsystems and system software for the VAX/VMS and UNIX environments. The company supports its customers through 45 sales and service locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, Pacific Rim and Europe.
 Micro Technology is located at 5065 E. Hunter Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807; 714-970-0300 or 800-999-9MTI.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Raimondi, VP-product marketing, or Alice Topping of Micro Technology, 714-970-0300/ CO: Micro Technology Inc.; SF2 Corp. ST: California IN: CPR SU: TNM


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