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Ultra-Powerful IBM Gateway System Speeds Up Storage Networking

POWER(TM) 4-Based IBM Storage Gateway System Offers Blazing Performance

ARMONK, NY - 27 Jan 2004: IBM today introduced a powerful new storage system that uses POWER chips designed to speed shared data across clients' IT networks, while allowing clients to maximize their existing storage hardware investments.

The new IBM® TotalStorage™ NAS Gateway 500 system uses POWER 4 microprocessors and networking software designed to help clients extract value from their existing storage infrastructures by providing a fast, reliable, common link to various locations where data resides. The product is designed to reduce the need to create islands of new storage systems that can require greater levels of administration and support.

"The new IBM TotalStorage NAS Gateway 500 is a key part of our Network Attached Storage strategy to deliver unparalleled benefits for customers who want to use gateways to access shared data faster and cheaper," said Leslie Swanson, vice president, IBM Storage Systems. "Today's data centers often share a mix between heterogeneous NAS and SAN technologies. The new gateway can help customers leverage current storage investments while reducing the manpower necessary to support them."

POWER Processing for Multiple Platform Environments
The gateway boasts some of IBM's most powerful and innovative technologies, combining IBM's proven AIX® operating system with the stability and strength of IBM award-winning POWER processors. Agents for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Storage Resource Manager, and Tivoli SAN Manager are included to allow customers to manage the gateway seamlessly with the rest of their storage infrastructure. POWER processors provide NAS Gateway 500 customers with powerful file transfer performance.

Built with flexibility and openness in mind, the NAS Gateway 500 is designed to provide file serving capabilities for IBM eServer systems, IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server™ and IBM TotalStorage FAStT products. The gateway also supports UNIX, Linux and Windows clients. When used with IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller, the gateway can support storage servers from other vendors as well. As a result, clients have the flexibility to evolve their storage infrastructure as their business and technology needs change.

The IBM NAS Gateway 500 system incorporates autonomic computing technologies that monitor and maintain system performance, helping to free administrators to focus on critical business processes. Clients also have the option of employing the gateway's autonomic technology to report abnormal processes to IBM technicians for evaluation and corrective response.

The French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) -- a key player in research, development and innovation in the area of energy, defense, information technology, communication and health -- has had early success as a beta customer of the NAS Gateway 500. "After completing the early phases of our installation of the NAS Gateway 500, we are impressed with the performance and its ease of implementation," stated Philippe Bizeul, system infrastructure manager, CEA.

The IBM TotalStorage NAS Gateway 500 will become generally available through IBM and IBM Business Partners on February 6, 2004, with prices starting at $60,000.

Contact(s) information

Kevin Acocella
IBM Media Relations
(646) 598-5551
kma@us.ibm.com

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