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Bayer's Remedy for Storage Strategy is IBM's Shark

World's Largest Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Changes from EMC to IBM

BOSTON - 08 May 2000: -- IBM announced today that Bayer AG deployed IBM's Shark Enterprise Storage Server to manage its current data more cost effectively and to provide the cornerstone of its storage strategy.

Bayer, headquartered in Medfield, Mass. is one of the world's largest manufacturers of pharmaceuticals. The company had a production "headache" with EMC's 3430 Symmetrix, which did not live up to performance expectations. Bayer decided to replace the Symmetrix box with a 1.26TB IBM Shark and consolidate the data from its IBM RS/6000 and AS/400 servers into a cost-effective solution enabling applications on both servers to run faster and make management easier.

"The Shark ESS was the best choice by far," said Peter Flaherty, Bayer's Senior IT Manager. "The ESS has by far the best technology, and the best value of any storage system we evaluated."

Offering total storage solutions, IBM has the products -- with its Shark Enterprise Storage Server as the centerpiece -- to help customers, like Bayer, manage information and transactions efficiently across increasingly complex, multi-vendor networks.

"Customers are choosing IBM's Shark storage technology because of IBM's ability to deliver superior price performance and as a major building block for implementing a complete SAN solution," said Duane Dueker, vice president, IBM SANs. "The Shark has become the product of choice for open SAN solutions, and its flexibility and scalability allow our customers to be able to connect to a wide range of servers to meet their business needs."

The Shark Enterprise Storage Server is the groundbreaking storage solution from IBM, the world leader in storage systems, software, services and technology. Built on the foundation of IBM's Seascape (1) Storage Enterprise Architecture, Shark works with heterogeneous hosts and operating systems -- Windows NT, UNIX, Novell NetWare, S/390 and AS/400 -- and with a variety of interfaces, including Fibre Channel, Ultra SCSI and ESCON. Shark incorporates such unique technology as Parallel Access Volumes (PAV).

For more information on the Enterprise Storage Server and its performance advantages over competing products, visit http://www.ibm.com/storage.

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(1) Seascape is IBM's storage enterprise architecture, a blueprint for comprehensive storage solutions optimized for a connected world. The Seascape architecture outlines next-generation concepts for storage by integrating modular 'building block' technologies from IBM, including disk, tape and optical storage media, powerful processors, and rich software. Integrated Seascape solutions are highly reliable, scalable and versatile, and support specialized applications on servers ranging from PCs to supercomputers.

(2) IBM 'unique technology' such as Parallel Access Volumes (PAV) currently is unavailable in competing systems from EMC, Hitachi Data and Compaq.

(3) IBM and Enterprise Storage Server are registered trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective companies.

Contact(s) information

Clint Roswell
IBM
(914) 766-3675
roswellc@us.ibm.com

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