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Sun Microsystems and Imation Announce Plans for Development of Jiro Technology-Enabled Storage Applications.

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PALO ALTO, Calif. & OAKDALE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2000

Imation to Specialize in Jiro Technology Development

Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a leader in data storage and information management solutions, today announced plans for Imation to develop Jiro(TM) technology software for Sun's network storage products. Imation also announced plans to offer a range of Jiro technology development services for network storage vendors. Based on the Java(TM) 2 platform, Jiro technology eliminates interoperability issues between storage systems, management software, and network devices, and is an important enabler of next generation storage networks.

"During the coming months, Sun storage systems and management software will begin to deploy Jiro technology software," said Denise Shiffman, vice president of marketing for Sun Network Storage. "Working with Imation will enable us to accelerate the release of Jiro technology-enabled products as well as intelligent management services that can be dynamically deployed across network devices, software applications systems and storage. Imation's commitment to Jiro technology specialization is a strong indication that the technology is being embraced by storage developers and will soon be available to customers."

"Sun and Imation share a common view about the significance of storage in today's computing environment and the requirement for open storage architectures that allow true interoperability and automated management across all platforms," said Steve Ladwig, president of Imation Data Storage and Information Management. "This alliance is yet another example of our efforts to extend Imation's worldwide leadership in removable storage media and to offer a full portfolio of services, solutions, and software."

Leveraging its storage software development expertise, Imation will initially develop Jiro technology support for Sun's storage array products, including the Sun StorEdge[TM] A5100 and A5200 storage systems, as well as Sun's storage management and data services software products. Eventually, Imation plans to extend a range of Jiro technology development services to other storage industry vendors looking to deliver Jiro technology-enabled solutions. These development efforts will support Imation's overall strategy to broaden its current market leadership position in removable storage media to deliver a wide range of software and service solutions including professional consulting and media services, storage area network (SAN) lab capabilities, and proof-of-concept and interoperability testing.

"Today's announcement highlights Imation's enterprise-capable Java software development skills, storage knowledge, and partnerships with key data storage industry leaders," said Bradley Rubin, Ph.D., chief technology officer for Imation Data Storage and Information Management. "We expect Jiro technology to have a significant impact on storage network management by enabling platform connectivity, automatic configuration and policy-based management. We believe that this is the right direction for storage management, and we are excited to be a part of it."

About Jiro Technology

Jiro technology was developed through an industry-wide initiative launched in December 1998. Its mission is to deliver technology that enables true interoperability and platform-independence for the management of storage, servers, applications and devices on networks. Jiro technology provides developers with an open environment for creating and deploying storage management services and controlling, monitoring and configuring related data services. For more information about Jiro technology, please visit

In February, Sun announced the availability of the Jiro Technology Developer's Release, which enables developers to begin creating Jiro technology-enabled network management solutions based on industry-defined standards. The Developer's Release source code, which is freely-available under the Sun Community Source License (SCSL), is available for download at

About Imation Corp.

Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN) supplies a variety of products and services worldwide, specializing in data storage and information management, color management and imaging solutions. With the company's history of quality, reliability and innovation, "Your Business Is Safe With Imation." In 1999, the company reported revenues of approximately $1.4 billion. As of March 31, 2000, Imation employed approximately 4,800 people worldwide. Additional information about Imation is available on the Company's Web site at or by calling Imation toll-free at 1-888-466-3456. To receive recent earnings and news releases, corporate information and related shareholder services for Imation, call Imation's toll-free shareholder information line at 1-888-IMN-NYSE (1-888-466-6973).

About Sun Network Storage

Sun Network Storage was formed by Sun Microsystems in July 1998, and is a recognized multi-billion dollar industry leader in the UNIX(R) and open systems storage market. Sun is changing the rules in network storage by delivering software and hardware written to an open network architecture. Sun's commitment to standards enables timely availability of new technology, investment protection for existing technology, and a thriving partner community. The comprehensive Sun StorEdge family of products enables customers to match storage to the application while providing scalable capacity and performance in a "pay-as-you-grow" architecture.

Sun offers customers a complete family of network storage systems and storage management software. The Sun StorEdge line of disk storage, tape backup, management software and data services address workgroup to enterprise requirements with solutions for server-attached storage, consolidated storage networks and storage area networks. The products offer exceptional reliability, availability, scalability, manageability and performance.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network is The Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to ".com" their businesses. With $13 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Jiro, Sun StorEdge, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Imation is a trademark of Imation Corp. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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