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StorNext 2.5 Support Includes HP, StorageTek, Linux, and SGI Solutions

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ: ADIC), leading supplier of Intelligent Storage solutions to the open systems market, announced today the availability of a new version of StorNext data management software, version 2.5, that significantly expands support for operating systems and storage devices.

ADIC’s StorNext software provides policy-based data management that helps a wide range of organisations store, access, and protect their large-scale digital assets across multiple storage device and operating platforms. StorNext provides advanced data management for third-party applications, providing users with a foundation to support their Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategies.

The new StorNext version 2.5 features expanded interoperability with several solutions from HP. These include HP-UX 11i v2 operating system support both on Itanium and PA-RISC platforms, support for HP ESL 712e automated tape library targets, and expanded support for HP SecurePath in HP-UX 11i environments. The expanded platform qualification will provide joint customers of ADIC and HP with a tremendous range of options, allowing them to deploy policy-based data management for HP environments and for systems that mix HP with other storage and operating platforms.

“Users are looking for smarter ways to manage their open system storage infrastructure and need solutions that preserve the widest range of options,” said Steve Mackey, Director, EMEA Product Marketing, ADIC. “With StorNext 2.5, ADIC continues to set new standards for supporting heterogeneous solution sets. We now offer end users a data management solution that can provide unified storage with simultaneous support for all the leading open system UNIX operating systems, including HP-UX 11i, along with Windows, Linux, and MacOS platforms. What it means for the IT community is an unprecedented selection of applications, architectures, and strategies to choose from.”

"Support for the HP-UX 11i operating system running on Itanium 2-based HP Integrity servers is an important addition for customers of ADIC's StorNext File System," said Don Jenkins, Vice President, Marketing, Business Critical Servers, HP. "Using StorNext 2.5, HP customers can benefit from a heterogeneous, scalable file system solution that combines performance, choice, and economy."

The new StorNext 2.5 release also includes support for StorageTek SL8500 tape libraries, and updated versions of Red Hat Linux and SGI’s IRIX operating system. In addition, the StorNext File System version 2.5 has received Engenio Compatibility Certification, assuring stability, interoperability, and fault tolerance with Engenio disk technology.

StorNext includes a shared file system solution that already is established in several markets, including high performance computing, rich media, the federal government and oil & gas. Customers in all of these markets need to share access to large unstructured data files among UNIX, Linux and Windows applications without making duplicate copies.
Availability
StorNext version 2.5 is available now.

About StorNext
ADIC StorNext is policy-based data management software that provides the Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) foundation for organisations that derive significant value from a growing volume of business-critical data that must be accessed, protected, and retained as its value changes over time. For more than five years, StorNext technology has been successfully implemented by leading organisations 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.* 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, OEMs and partnerships, including Apple, Cray, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM and Sun. Further information about ADIC is available at www.adic.com.

*Market Share: Gartner Dataquest, Tape Automation Systems Market Shares, 2003, F. Yale, April 2004. ADIC and StorNext are registered 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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