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* StorNext 2.4 Increases Heterogeneous ILM Foundation; Expanded Support for Apple, HP and EMC Solutions Now Available *

29 September 2004 - Advanced Digital Information Corporation (Nasdaq:ADIC), a leading supplier of Intelligent Storage solutions to the open systems market, announced today the availability of a new version of StorNext. ADIC StorNext is policy-based data management software that provides organizations with a foundation for Information Lifecycle Management (ILM). The new StorNext version 2.4 features interoperability with an expanded range of operating environments and storage systems from leading vendors, including Apple, HP and EMC. Support for heterogeneous environments allows StorNext customers to easily add new applications, platforms, and storage systems to their data management infrastructure over time to take advantage of new functionality, provide redundancy, and to reduce costs.

"The first step for creating an ILM infrastructure is building a policy-based data management foundation that can provide automated access, protection and retention of critical data over the long term. With StorNext data management software, this infrastructure also provides the value of heterogeneous support, allowing different applications to share the same storage infrastructure and providing a streamlined way to add new technology easily," said Steve Mackey, EMEA director of Product Marketing for ADIC. "Through StorNext's open architecture, organizations can - without disruption - insert and manage new storage technologies into their data management framework at anytime during the life of the data."

The new software release includes general availability of full interoperability with Apple's Xsan file system, an exclusive feature of StorNext. With Xsan support, end users can add Mac-based server and storage resources to the list of platforms that can transparently share data over a SAN. And it allows IT organizations to apply ADIC's policy-based data management capabilities both to Mac environments and to heterogeneous environments that include Xsan hosts.

StorNext 2.4 also includes new support for leading storage I/O management tools, including HP StorageWorks Secure Path and EMC PowerPath. HP Secure Path is multi-path, high availability software that manages and maintains continuous data access to HP disk storage systems, using advanced path management technology between servers and storage. EMC PowerPath is a server-resident software solution that integrates multiple path I/O capabilities, automatic load balancing, and path failover functions into one comprehensive package for use on various servers connected to an EMC Symmetrix and/or EMC CLARiiON system. The new release also extends StorNext storage manager support to HP automated tape libraries.

StorNext Management Suite version 2.4 is available now.

About StorNext
ADIC StorNext is policy-based data management software that provides the Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) foundation for organizations that derive significant value from a growing volume of business-critical data that must be accessed, protected, and retained appropriately as its value changes over time. For more than five years, StorNext technology has been successfully implemented by leading organizations that manage large volumes of business-critical data as a source of competitive advantage.
About ADIC
Advanced Digital Information Corporation (Nasdaq:ADIC) is a leading provider of Intelligent Storage solutions to the open systems marketplace. ADIC is the world's largest supplier of automated tape systems using the drive technologies most often employed for backing up open system, client-server networks.(a) The Company's data management software, storage networking appliances, and disk-to-tape data protection solutions provide IT managers innovative tools for storing, managing and protecting their most valuable digital assets in a variety of disk and tape environments. ADIC storage products are available through a worldwide sales force and a global network of resellers and OEMs, including Cray, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM and Sun. Further information about ADIC is available at

(a) Market Share: Gartner Dataquest, Tape Automation Systems Market Shares, 2003, F. Yale, April 2004. ADIC and Scalar are registered trademarks and Intelligent Storage is a trademark of Advanced Digital Information Corporation. All other trade or service marks mentioned in this document should be considered the property of their respective owners

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