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Fotango Selects IBM Storage and Servers to Help Consumers Share and Manage Digital Photos

IBM's Virtualization Engine for Storage Embraced Around the Globe

ARMONK, NY - 09 Jun 2004: IBM today announced that Fotango, a subsidiary of Canon Europe, will boost its abilities to support and manage more than 23 million files through the installation of storage virtualization products from the IBM Virtualization Engine Suite for Storage. IBM's storage virtualization software is designed to help clients simplify and better utilize their storage infrastructure.

Due to the heavy demand from consumers for its online photo sharing service, Fotango needed to optimize its storage resources. As a result, Fotango implemented the IBM TotalStorage SAN File System and IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller combination alongside IBM eServer pSeries, xSeries and BladeCenter systems. The resulting infrastructure provides the basis for expanding to more than one billion files and is designed to help photographic enthusiasts and Canon customers upload, store, organize and print digital images online more efficiently.

Fotango is deploying the IBM TotalStorage SAN File System -- a key component of IBM's storage virtualization strategy -- to help simplify administration and lower costs. IBM TotalStorage SAN File System is a network-based heterogeneous file system designed to provide a single, centralized point of control to manage files and databases.

"With our huge data storage needs, we needed a solution like the IBM TotalStorage SAN File System that could give us the capability to scale up to a petabyte of data while still simplifying our infrastructure," said Stuart Fox, head of new product development group for, Fotango. "With IBM virtualization technology, Fotango expects to be able to lower the cost of storage management and enhance productivity by having a central storage and data management system."

In 2004, digital camera penetration is projected to surpass 42 percent of US households. [1]

Fotango is a leader in providing customers with online digital imaging services. Fotango developed Canon's imaging solution, Canon iMAGE Gateway, which holds high-resolution files such as digital photographs and digital video, and has now reached 7.1 raw terabytes. With an increasing number of Canon devices enabled for Canon iMAGE Gateway, and an estimated growth to one petabyte -- more than one billion files -- storage scalability is essential to Fotango.

CANON iMAGE GATEWAY is an exciting service that opens up a world of online digital photo fun and creativity for Canon digital camera owners. It allows users to create and send beautiful digital photo albums in just a few clicks.

With CANON iMAGE GATEWAY customers can build brilliant online photo albums around themes such as birthdays, holidays and celebrations; add sound files and commentaries, share with friends and even personalize Canon digital camera with sounds and start-up images. CANON iMAGE GATEWAY also allows customers to order top quality photo prints, create e-Cards, share video clips and much more.

CSF Group, an IBM Premier Business Partner, helped Fotango to create a Storage Area Network (SAN), built around IBM TotalStorage FAStT200 and FAStT700 storage servers. The SAN is managed by three IBM eServer pSeries® running AIX®. CSF Group joins more than 150 global IBM Business Partners that are selling IBM's Virtualization Engine Suite for Storage products.

Continued Adoption of Storage Virtualization Software
IBM virtualization software, from the IBM TotalStorage Open Software Family, is available today and supports industry standards to work with both IBM and non-IBM systems. After only one year since IBM brought its SAN Volume Controller to market, hundreds of companies in more than 40 countries around the world have selected IBM's virtualization software.

Some recent clients who have selected IBM virtualization software include BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, British Telecom Conferencing, Business Objects, China Construction Bank, Cuisines Schmidt, Grand Rapids Community College, Ohio Supercomputer Center, Rooms to Go and St. Michael's Hospital.

"Storage virtualization software is truly simplifying infrastructures around the world and helping clients deal with the high costs and complexity of data management," said Brian Truskowski, General Manager, IBM TotalStorage Open Software. "Years ahead of our competitors, IBM is reinventing the way information is filed, managed, shared and accessed in an organization through a layer of virtualization software."

The IBM TotalStorage SAN File System and IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller represent the virtualization offerings within the IBM TotalStorage Open Software Family. The company recently introduced extended storage server support for the SAN Volume Controller and SAN File System, helping clients simplify their infrastructure through consolidation, virtualization and automated management. These products are key components of the IBM Virtualization Engine(TM), a complete server, storage, and network virtualization set of capabilities to help clients simplify the complexities of IT environments.

Contact(s) information

Lisa Lanspery
IBM Media Relations
(646) 598-6171
lisalans@us.ibm.com

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