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Becomes First Library to Integrate Media Integrity Analysis; Doubles Drive Count; Adds LTO Drives from HP

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ: ADIC), the leader in Intelligent Storage solutions for the open systems market, today announced upgrades to its Scalar® i2000 intelligent tape library designed to increase backup performance, reliability, and manageability in enterprise environments. The upgrades include both hardware functionality and new management options within the library’s integral iLayer management software.

Integrated Media Integrity Analysis

The new Scalar i2000 release will include optional media integrity analysis software that allows users to track alert trends in media and drives. The reports present the record for any tape that has been in the library, and they let users cross-index that information with the history of individual drives to make it easy to proactively identify and resolve media-related issues. The new tool makes the Scalar i2000 the first library to integrate the ability to store, download, and analyse the pattern of alert events that are associated with specific pieces of media.

“ADIC is making backup more reliable by continuing to add advanced management tools to the library’s iLayer to help prevent problems before they occur,” explains Steve Mackey, Director of product marketing, EMEA for ADIC. “The new media integrity analysis tools give enterprise users access to media and drive history and let them analyse trends and dependencies. It makes the Scalar i2000’s rich tape alert database, which today our service team can access, easily available and useful to end users. Like the drive loading analysis tools that we introduced early in 2005, it will allow enterprise library users to take proactive steps to improve their data protection.”

Doubled Drive Count—HP Drive Option Supported

The new release of the Scalar i2000 doubles the number of tape drives it can support in a single library configuration from 48 to 96. More drives can provide higher aggregated throughput to increase backup performance, and make it easier for the library to support partitioned configurations in which the library presents itself as multiple logical libraries. With this release, ADIC has also expanded available drive choices for the Scalar i2000, adding HP LTO drives to the IBM models previously supported.

“Consolidating multiple library operations in a single resource can give users huge gains in productivity and substantial reductions in TCO,” explained Mr. Mackey. “Because the Scalar i2000 offers both more drives and integrated partitioning, it makes consolidation easier to implement and simplifies installation of backup systems that combine tape and disk. We also recognise that for many users with investments in specific vendor platforms, a choice of drive manufacturers offers significant value.”

Enhanced Graphical User Interface

The upgraded Scalar i2000 also introduces a new graphical library interface that provides an intuitive, interactive view of the physical library to make management faster and easier. The new interface lets users see at a glance where a specific drive or piece of media is physically located using serial numbers or barcodes as reference information, and it allows them to instantly view the location of all the resources that are assigned to a particular library partition. In enterprise libraries, with thousands of tapes, dozens of drives, and multiple logical partitions, the graphical interface can save management time, prevent errors, and increase the overall reliability of the backup process.

The solution upgrades will be available for new and installed Scalar i2000 libraries through ADIC and ADIC channel partners beginning January, 2006.

About the Scalar i2000

The Scalar i2000 is the intelligent enterprise tape library that uses its exclusive iPlatform architecture and integral iLayer management software to reduce the time users spend managing backup, cut the need for service calls by 50%, and shorten issue resolution times by 30%. The Scalar i2000 eliminates the need for external library control servers by integrating advanced management functions, including proactive alerting and remote diagnostics, library partitioning, I/O management, drive/media trend analysis, and support for SMI-S. Its modular design and capacity-on-demand scalability lets users grow their backup system easily from 100 to more than 3400 tapes in a compact, 19-inch rack-compatible form factor.

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, 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, 2004, F. Yale, August 2005. 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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