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**Major advance in disk-based back-up doubles performance and boosts capacity at half the cost**

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ: ADIC), the leader in Intelligent Storag solutions for the open systems market, today announced the general availability of its Pathlight VX disk backup solution. Pathlight VX 2.0 is the industry’s first disk backup solution to offer disk performance, enterprise scalability, and full disaster recovery support—all at half the cost of competitive products.

Pathlight VX 2.0 is the first open system backup product to combine the capacity and characteristics of disk and tape in a single, unified system, using advanced policy-based data management technology to provide total system capacities up to 3,000 terabytes. The combined system fits into existing backup environments, presenting itself to applications as a virtual tape library that transparently includes disk elements for high performance and RAID fault tolerance and tape elements for capacity, economy, and disaster recovery.

With Pathlight VX 2.0, IT managers can back up and restore critical data twice as fast as with conventional backup systems, support thousands of terabytes of data with a single system, and balance their data recovery service-level objectives against overall system costs. The policy-based management in Pathlight VX 2.0 offers the industry's first automated life cycle management for backup data, including the ability to create multiple copies on different media types to provide enhanced long-term data protection.

Pathlight VX 2.0 provides throughput up to 2 TB/hour and a combined native capacity of nearly 3 petabytes. Disk storage elements range from 3.8 to 46.8 TB capacity; tape storage is provided by integrating ADIC Scalar and StorageTek L-Series libraries. Single-library configurations can reach 2,823 TB native capacity to 5,599 TB with normal compression. For compliance with long-term data retention and disaster recovery requirements, Pathlight VX 2.0 responds to backup software commands by exporting application-readable media that can be restored in any standard tape drive or library.

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.* The Company’s data management software, storage networking appliances, and disk-based backup and restore 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

*Market Share: Gartner Dataquest, Tape Automation Systems Market Shares, 2003, F. Yale, April 2004. ADIC, Pathlight, StorNext and Scalar are registered trademarks and Relational Diagnostics and Intelligent Storage are trademarks 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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