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Xiotech Introduces New Storage Line that Virtually Eliminates Service and Failures

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Xiotech Corporation today announced a new line of storage systems featuring the company's patented Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) technology acquired from Seagate Technology last November. By using ISEs as the fundamental element of storage instead of disk drives, the Emprise(TM) storage systems are able to virtually eliminate the need for service, scale from one terabyte to one petabyte and dramatically boost performance, validated by SPC tests. The systems include a five year hardware warranty and there is no price premium for the new technology.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ — Xiotech Corporation today announced a new line of storage systems featuring the company's patented Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) technology acquired from Seagate Technology last November. By using ISEs as the fundamental element of storage instead of disk drives, the Emprise(TM) storage systems are able to virtually eliminate the need for service, scale from one terabyte to one petabyte and dramatically boost performance, validated by SPC tests. The systems include a five year hardware warranty and there is no price premium for the new technology.

"It's time for a new foundation for storage," said Xiotech Chief Technology Officer Steve Sicola, who led a million-man-hour effort to bring the ISE technology to market. "Exponential growth in data storage capacity continues, but reliability, performance and manageability haven't kept pace. We have fundamentally rethought storage from the ground up, and with the ISE have developed break-through technology, which is tested, proven and ready to go."

Xiotech's new storage systems include two models: the Emprise 7000 storage area network (SAN) system and the Emprise 5000 direct- and switch-attached storage system. The Emprise 7000 system supports up to 64 ISEs and is managed by dual controllers. It includes all of the storage capabilities that are currently available on Xiotech's Magnitude 3D(R) 4000 line, including the Web Services-based ICON Manager interface, optimal storage virtualization, distributed cluster architecture, intelligent provisioning and a suite of data replication solutions.

Emprise 5000, based on a single ISE, is a complete, self-enclosed virtualized storage solution, which can be configured for high capacity or high performance. Performance has been validated as industry leading by the Storage Performance Council (SPC), a vendor-neutral standards body focused on the storage industry. Emprise 5000 was No. 1 in lowest cost per SPC-1 I/Os per second (IOPS) for disk arrays and per SPC-2 megabytes per second (MBps)(1).

Images of the Emprise models are available at http://www.xiotech.com/presskit.aspx.

Prominent Early Adopters On Board

Newsweek Chief Technology Officer Len Carella, an early adopter of the Emprise 7000 system, said his organization is moving its headquarters and connecting all of its servers to a new SAN. "With more than 23 million readers, our success depends on producing a weekly news magazine. While we currently replicate data to a recovery site, we wanted the latest, most reliable storage technology available," said Carella. "Because of the ISEs in this new system, we should essentially eliminate drive failures and lower our maintenance costs. We've never seen anything like it."

For Rick Young, network systems manager at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, high-speed, reliable IT systems are a necessity. The college is turning to an Emprise 5000 system to provide high- performance replication for its intensive email system. "The Emprise 5000 system is providing us with very impressive throughput and greater reliability than I thought possible," said Young. "With the new system I no longer have to deal with failed disks. Rather, the ISE takes care of everything, so it will automatically fire up, move data if needed, do a repair, and move the data back, without ever going offline. Plus, we can add ISEs and/or upgrade to Emprise 7000 to meet additional storage demands. It's really impressive."

Microsoft is another early adopter of the technology as well as a Xiotech partner. "We recognize scale, reliability and performance are key attributes that customers seek as they manage ever-expanding capacity" said Bala Kasiviswanathan, director of storage solutions marketing at Microsoft. "The Xiotech systems offer a solution to address these challenges. We look forward to working with Xiotech to test and find opportunities to deliver value to our customers based on Windows platforms."

Early adopter and Xiotech reseller partner Nth Generation has tested the technology for 18 months and has had 100 percent uptime. Rich Baldwin, Nth Generation chief executive officer, "The performance is more than double of any other equivalent product that we have tested in our lab."

ISE Technology Serves as New Storage Foundation

The Intelligent Storage Element technology is the product of years of development by the Advanced Storage Architecture group at Seagate Technology. Xiotech acquired this group in November 2007 and shortly thereafter secured $40 million in funding to help bring the Emprise product line to market. The ISEs for the Emprise 5000 and Emprise 7000 systems are available in high- performance (2.2TB), balanced (4.8TB) and high-capacity (16TB) configurations.

Industry analysts and experts agree that the more capacity added, the greater the risk for disk failures. The unique design of the ISE with preventive and remedial capabilities addresses this challenge and provides reliability that is more than 100 times greater than the typical drive or drive enclosure. The ISE contains two sealed and service-free DataPacs, redundant power and cooling, battery backup for up to 96 hours of protection and redundant Managed Reliability Controllers, which provide RAID, cache and drive management locally. In addition, the ISE features highly efficient code for increased performance and self-healing capabilities with proprietary drive repair and remanufacturing technology for extended DataPac life.

Unprecedented Reliability

Xiotech has been running 208 ISEs with 5,900 spindles for 15 months out of Xiotech's facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. During this time there have been zero service events.

Xiotech partner EVault, the trusted expert in comprehensive data protection solutions for over 20,000 small to large enterprise customers globally, has tested the technology for more than a year. "We are very intrigued by the self-healing architecture built into the ISE," said Jake McClean, senior director of IT and Operations at EVault. "As an industry pioneer in delivering backup and recovery Storage (or Software) as a Service, it's imperative we have extremely high uptime. We've been using the ISE in our development lab to test various applications, including our own data vaulting products, and there have been zero service events thus far. The technology is demonstrating an impressive level of reliability."

Additional details on the reliability of the Emprise systems is available in a benchmarking study by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) available at http://www.xiotech.com/presskit.aspx.

Industry Leading Performance

Tests validated by the SPC show Xiotech leading the industry in performance per dollar. In the SPC-1 benchmark, measuring IOPS, Xiotech's system bested 46 other disk-based systems with a cost of just $3.53 per SPC-1 IOP. The average for the entire group was $14.12. In the SPC-2 benchmark, measuring cost per MBps, Xiotech achieved a storage performance of $32.25 per MBps, ahead of all other 25 systems tested, and compared to a collective average of $175.28.

About Xiotech

Xiotech Corporation, an innovator in data storage and protection solutions, is delivering a new foundation for storage with unprecedented reliability, performance, and scalability. Xiotech's Emprise(TM) storage family is built on patented Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) technology, which virtually eliminates drive-related service events, while delivering industry-leading performance. Both the Emprise and Magnitude(R) families of storage systems are feature rich, with optimal storage virtualization, Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity, grow-as-you-go scalability, unmatched ease use, and integrated customization via web services. Additionally, Xiotech's TimeScale(R) line offers comprehensive, modular solutions for data protection and availability.

Xiotech is based in Eden Prairie, Minn., and maintains major facilities in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Norwich, Conn.; Vancouver, Wash.; and Hyderabad, India. For more information, visit http://www.xiotech.com, email info@xiotech.com or call toll free 1.866.472.6764.

(1) Current as of April 8, 2008. Audited results for SPC-1 IOPS and SPC-2

MBps tests are available at http://www.storageperformance.org.

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