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IBM Unveils Ultra-Powerful Suite of Storage Solutions for Cost-Effective Data Management

New Tape, Disk and Software Offerings Designed to Provide High Scalability and Performance for Information Lifecycle Management Solutions

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ARMONK, NY - 17 Feb 2005: IBM today introduced radically advanced disk, tape and storage software technologies designed to help clients more efficiently manage information through its lifecycle from creation to disposal. Specifically, these products provide businesses with low-cost storage options and greater choice.
"Clients are no longer buying individual storage products, but rather complete packaged offerings that solve business problems. While other competitors may discuss visions of information lifecycle management, no one can deliver complete information lifecycle management solutions like IBM because of our deep and proven expertise in tape and storage virtualization," said Barry Rudolph, Business Line Executive for Information Lifecycle Management at IBM. "The products we are announcing today demonstrate our continued innovation in providing clients of all sizes innovative technology solutions."

The new and enhanced offerings include:

--  IBM Midrange Tape -- IBM is incorporating the third-generation Linear
    Tape Open(TM) (LTO®) format into its complete line of LTO-based automated
    tape storage systems.  This includes LTO Ultrium(TM) Generation 3-enabled
    IBM® TotalStorage® Tape Drives, Tape Libraries, and Tape Autoloaders.
    LTO 3 has significant performance gains over previous generations of LTO as
    well as up to double the capacity.  Additionally, the company announced the
    option of a dual robotics feature for the TotalStorage 3584 tape library
    that more than doubles the tape mount performance rate of the system while
    helping increase subsystem availability and reliability.  With increased
    mandates for companies to store data either as back-up or as archived, more
    and more companies are looking at joint tape/disk environments to provide
    cost-effective, long-term storage solutions to meet data retention and
    compliance needs, as well as be central to efficiently managing data over
    its lifecycle.  In a recent Data Mobility Group report that looked at both
    hardware and environmental costs for a sample customer solution, it was
    estimated that an all disk storage environment could cost clients as much
    as five times what an all tape environment could cost.

--  IBM Midrange Disk -- IBM is announcing performance and capacity
    enhancements for the IBM TotalStorage DS4000 Series of disk storage
    systems.  New 146GB 15k Fibre Channel disk drives and a 300GB 10k Fibre
    Channel Disk Drive allow for scalable, grow-as-you-need storage capacity.
    With these enhancements, customers can now configure the system with
    headroom to grow to a physical capacity of more than 67 Terabytes.  Today,
    IBM's DS4000 systems are the storage systems of choice for clients
    simplifying their infrastructure using IBM eServer BladeCenter(TM).

--  IBM Storage Virtualization Software -- IBM is introducing version 2.1
    of its premier virtualization offering, the IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume
    Controller (SVC), making this the sixth version of its storage
    virtualization software.  This latest version continues to enhance SVC's
    ability to manage diverse environments, including operating systems and
    clustering software.  Another new feature being added to the product
    includes SAN Volume Controller Migration, which helps simplify data
    migrations between disparate disk arrays.

    SVC is now available in a flexible, per-terabyte pricing model, well suited
    for mid-market customers.

    Additionally, IBM recently released version 2.2.1 of its TotalStorage SAN
    File System, which includes Microsoft® Clustering support for Windows®
    clients and simplified administration and authorization setup to help
    provide greater flexibility.  SAN File System is crucial in helping achieve
    data lifecycle management efficiencies through policy-driven automation and
    tiered-storage management.  Polices defined by the users help give the
    ability to match the cost of a client's storage resources to the value of
    their data.
 
IBM and Independent Software Vendor solutions can help clients efficiently manage electronic data such as email across a tiered storage environment as the data progresses through its lifecycle. A study published in December by leading IT market research and advisory firm IDC states that worldwide revenues for e-mail archiving applications is expected to top $180 million in 2004, up from just $33 million two years ago, and continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 50% through 2008(1).

IBM today also launched a total cost of ownership tool called TCONow(TM) to help clients better understand the advantages of a tiered storage and ILM implementation. The TCONow tool helps clients analyze the total cost of ownership of a solution as well as competitive solutions to help clients financially model the cost implications of alternative disk, tape, and tiered disk/tape storage deployments.

Pricing and Availability
IBM's TotalStorage Tape Drives, Tape Libraries, and Tape Autoloaders with LTO 3 will be available on March 4, 2005 starting at a list price of $5,999. The new IBM TotalStorage DS4000 Series performance and capacity enhancements will be available on April 15, 2005. The TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller v. 2.1.1 will be available in early March for a list price of $47,000. The enhanced IBM TotalStorage SAN File System is available immediately.

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