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5.7 TB System Incorporates High Availability Features and the Windows 2000 Server Platform to Enable Innovative Storage Solutions

Maxtor® Corporation (NYSE: MXO), a worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, today announced its entry into the enterprise network storage market with the MaxAttachä NAS 6000, a highly-scalable storage server offering capacities up to 5.7 terabytes (TB).

The MaxAttach NAS 6000 establishes a platform for innovative solutions such as e-mail archiving, disk-to-disk backup, and volume aggregation. The NAS 6000’s broad interoperability provides support for Windows, UNIX/Linux, Macintosh and NetWare clients, enabling file sharing among users from all of these environments.

As an enterprise-ready storage solution, the MaxAttach NAS 6000 offers features specially designed for data centre environments, backed by a comprehensive array of support services. These features include redundant hardware components for high system availability, and RAID 5 data protection and Persistent Storage Manager (PSM) snapshot capabilities for high data availability. PSM enables instant recovery of deleted or corrupted files.

"With the combination of scalability, interoperability and on-site service support, the MaxAttach NAS 6000 extends our storage systems offerings into the enterprise market," said Eric Kelly, president of Maxtor’s Network Systems Group. "We can now offer businesses a broad range of MaxAttach storage solutions, each based on the Windows 2000 platform, that can quickly and easily be deployed in data centers, remote offices and workgroup environments."

The NAS 6000 also combines with applications from leading software companies such as Legato Systems, OTG Software and VERITAS Software to provide complete data management solutions. It supports Active Directory and is compatible with network management tools from leading vendors such as Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, and Tivoli Systems.

"Companies are demanding improved storage management capabilities and greater value from their storage solutions," said John McArthur, vice president of storage research at IDC. "Maxtor has expanded upon the ATA technology found in workgroup class storage servers. By adding a comprehensive suite of storage management capabilities, the company’s MaxAttach NAS 6000 will address a broader range of enterprise needs."

Operating Microsoft Windows 2000 with the Server Appliance Kit 2.0, MaxAttach systems are the only Windows Powered storage servers that utilise reliability frameworks to enhance operating system fault resiliency:

"IT managers can take advantage of the scalability, availability and reliability of the proven Windows 2000 operating system in the MaxAttach NAS 6000," said Keith White, senior director of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp. "With support for features such as Active Directory, Persistent Storage Manager, anti-virus and network management applications, IT managers can feel confident knowing the MaxAttach NAS 6000 offers a robust storage server with enterprise-class features and data protection to meet today’s demanding storage needs."

Key features include:

High scalability – capacities from 1.9 TB to 5.7 TB.

High availability – hot-swappable drives, power supplies and cooling fans to ensure maximum uptime.

High density – 1.9 TB occupies a 4U standard rack enclosure and is scalable to 5.7 TB in just a 12U rack space. For ease of installation, the fully configured system is available in a stand-alone 32-inch cabinet.

Key features ctd.:

Multiple connectivity options – network interfaces include 10/100 Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet (copper or fiber).

Data protection – hardware RAID levels 0, 1, and 5 for high performance and data availability.

Powerful processor and memory – Dual Intel Pentium III 866 MHz and 1 GB ECC SDRAM

Service and Support

All MaxAttach NAS storage servers include 24 x 7 technical phone support and a three-year hardware warranty.

Pricing and Availability

With a base capacity of 1.9 TB, the MaxAttach NAS 6000 pricing begins at $ 29,999 US. The NAS 6000 is scheduled for limited European availability in the fourth calendar quarter of 2001. General European availability will be in Q1 2002. It will be sold through authorised Maxtor resellers.

About MaxAttach NAS Storage Servers

The MaxAttach family includes the NAS 4100, NAS 4300 and NAS 6000 storage servers. They install in less than 10 minutes with no network downtime and provide centralised management through a familiar, easy-to-use Web browser interface. They provide network status reporting, automatic e-mail alerts and RAID 0, 1 and 5 data redundancy for data protection. Features include automatic restoring of the operating system should it become corrupted and automatic rebooting of the MaxAttach should the operating system lock up. Multiple Ethernet ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a journaling file system and integrated UPS support ensure high performance, system availability and fault tolerance. A SCSI port and preinstalled backup software enable local backup to tape.

About Maxtor

Maxtor Corporation ( is one of the world’s leading suppliers of information storage solutions. The company has an expansive line of storage products for desktop computers, network storage, high-performance Intel-based servers, and consumer electronics. Maxtor has a reputation of being a proven market leader, providing consistent high-quality products, service and support for its customers.

Maxtor and its products can be found at or by calling toll-free (800) 2-MAXTOR. Maxtor is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MXO symbol.

Note: Maxtor and the Maxtor logo are registered trademarks of Maxtor Corporation. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. This announcement relating to Maxtor may contain forward-looking statements concerning future technology, products incorporating that technology, and Maxtor’s execution. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could materially affect the company’s results, including, but not limited to, market demand for network attached storage, the company’s ability to execute future production ramps and utilise manufacturing assets efficiently, pricing, competition, and the significant uncertainty of market acceptance of new products. These and other risk factors are contained in documents that the company files with the SEC, including the Form 10-K for fiscal 2000 and its recent 10-Qs.

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