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Pillar Data Systems Celebrates Ground-Breaking 2006.

Industry Awards, Product Introductions, Unprecedented Growth - Just Some of the Highlights of 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As Pillar Data Systems, a leading provider of enterprise network storage systems, is concluding 2006, having established itself as one of the fastest growing and most innovative storage companies in the history of the market. In only its first full year in the marketplace, Pillar Data Systems created an entirely new class of storage technology, and set new benchmarks for innovation and customer service.

The company shipped more than 250 award-winning systems globally. Pillar Data's unique Axiom Storage System earned several industry awards, and was named "Product of the Year" and "Most Innovative Storage Product" by leading technology publications.

"Pillar's customer traction rate is tremendous - and more impressive is how quickly customers are realizing value and adding-on," said Steve Duplessie, Founder/Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "I think it's fair to say the company is on to something, and the timing couldn't be better."

Pillar Data Systems' growth is due in large part to its unique approach to solving traditional data storage problems and for delivering unrivaled levels of customer service. Small-to-medium size enterprise customers achieve more flexibility with the choice of an entry-level Axiom configuration at a lower price point, smaller capacity and ease of installation; while enterprise customers gain improved availability, scalability, security and performance with Pillar's Axiom system.

Pillar extended its technology advantage in 2006, by introducing several innovative industry firsts, most notably:

* AxiomONE, the industry's first full service storage management and data services suite designed for the award winning Pillar Axiom platform. AxiomONE brings together for the first time both SAN and NAS management, multiple data services capabilities for data protection and archiving, guided maintenance and support, and a robust operating system under a simple management interface.

* New configuration options to its award-winning Pillar Axiom[TM] Storage system, making it the most flexible, wide ranging storage system in the market today. Pillar Axiom delivers unparalleled performance, scalability and availability in a single storage platform.

"In a long list of firsts, Pillar Data Systems is the first storage company to make quality of service (QoS) a priority for its customers," said Arun Taneja, Founder, Consulting Analyst, President, Taneja Group. "The true pioneer of QoS, Pillar understands the importance of the technology as it provides customers the total flexibility to decide how to use the storage assets they purchased most efficiently."

Over the past year, customers have touted the many benefits of Pillar Data Systems - hyping costs savings of 40 to 50 percent on storage deployments. In fact, Pillar customer, Las Vegas Review Journal, deployed Pillar's Axiom 500 in April 2006, and is already seeing significant cost savings. The cost for deploying a 20TB Pillar Axiom was less than the annual maintenance and license fees for the publishing company's prior storage unit.

"Pillar Data Systems was founded with a mission to eliminate the unnecessary cost and complexity of data storage. We've built our business on that premise and we continue to gain traction by providing superior and cost-effective storage systems for companies of all sizes," said Mike Workman, chairman, president, CEO of Pillar Data Systems. "Pillar had a phenomenal 2006. We are excited not only for our accomplishments during the past year, but for what we foresee in 2007."

For its innovative technology and unrivaled customer service, Pillar earned the following industry accolades:

* Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Arrays, 2H06, Visionary Quadrant Placement

* CNET Networks 2006 Technology Awards - The "Enterprise Hardware Product of the Year" was awarded to Pillar Data Systems for the Pillar Axiom storage system.

* Network World Enterprise All-Stars - Pillar Data Systems' customer, Las Vegas Review-Journal won this award for the implementation of its state of the art data center. The Network World Enterprise All-Star Awards recognize IT organizations representing the most innovative applications of network technology.

* Byte and Switch Big Bytes - The Big Bytes, created to recognize excellence, innovation, and creativity in storage products, services, and implementations, named Pillar Data Systems customer, LeapFrog a finalist in the Small/Medium Business User Excellence category.

* 2006 Storage Products Guide Global Excellence Awards - Storage Products Guide, named the Pillar Axiom 500 a winner of the Global Excellence in Disk-based Backup and Replication Customer Trust 2006 Award. Axiom 500 was voted winner by more than 11,000 end-users and prospective customers from around the world.

* Network Storage Conference 2006 MVP Awards - Pillar Axiom 500 storage system was selected as the STOR award winner in the "Most Innovative Product" category, based on its innovation, unique features, differentiation from existing products and customer references.

* Storage World Conference MVP Awards - Pillar Data Systems Axiom product was named as Most Innovative Product.

* Storries Awards (U.K.) - Pillar Data Systems' Axiom product was named a finalist for the Editor's Choice and Disk Product of the Year for these U.K.-based awards.

Industry analyst praise for Pillar:

Pillar Data Systems' Axiom is one of the first storage companies that make it easy for users to take advantage of the physics and dropping cost of disk drives. By intelligently placing data needing higher performance at the center of disk drives and lower performing data at the drive's outer edge, users can introduce economical and efficient ways to tier and manage their data without deep pockets or advanced degrees. The Axiom's architecture illustrates how smart organizations can manage their data more easily now and into the future. - Jerome M Wendt, Lead Analyst & President, Datacenter Infrastructure Group Inc.

Pillar came out of the gate running and its Axiom is one of the fastest growing storage system solutions in the industry. Offering useful and compelling technology is important, productizing these technologies into a well thought-out solution is essential, but both are meaningless without excellent business execution. Reaching over 150 customers in just 16 months is arguably proof that Pillar has all three. - Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

Companies looking to get a jump on their competition in today's global economy rely on technology from innovative solution vendors. An example of a company addressing IT storage and management needs in a cost effective manner is Pillar Data Systems. Many solution providers today are focused on storage capacity utilization to reduce costs at the risk of introducing application performance bottlenecks impacting user productivity. Pillar storage solutions enable IT organizations to establish an effective balance between improved storage capacity utilization while addressing performance needs with the flexibility of using NAS file based or iSCSI and Fibre Channel block based tiered access. - Greg Schulz, Founder and Sr. Analyst The StorageIO Group, Author of "Resilient Storage Networks" (Elsevier Books)

About Pillar Data Systems

Founded in 2001, Pillar Data Systems develops midrange and enterprise network storage systems. The company's Pillar Axiom solution, driven by its innovative policy-based management capabilities, integrates SAN and NAS into a centrally managed storage platform. Pillar Axiom systems consolidate multiple tiers of enterprise network storage into a single, easily managed system capable of scaling to hundreds of terabytes of capacity. Pillar Data Systems is privately funded by Tako Ventures, LLC, the venture arm of Larry Ellison. The company is headquartered at 2840 Junction Avenue, San Jose, California 95134. The company can be reached on the Web at, by phone at 408-503-4000 or by email at

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