Ciprico Disk Array Doubles Data Delivery Speed With IBM Fibre Channel Server Drive

Leading-Edge Results to be Showcased in the Industry's First 2 Gb Storage Solution at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas

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NAB2001, Las Vegas - 23 Apr 2001: Ciprico and IBM today announced leading-edge results from benchmark performance tests conducted with the Ciprico FibreSTORE 2210 disk array integrated with the 2 Gb Fibre Channel Disk Drives from the IBM Ultrastar 73LZX family. This winning combination delivers superior performance to the user by doubling the data delivery speed of the array to 380 MB per second, a total increase of 190 MB per second over that of today's typical disk array. This is accomplished using a lower number of IBM disk drives compared to competitive offerings.

The Ciprico/IBM solution, with increased speed, provides many benefits to broadcasters. For example, it allows broadcasters to more quickly process and edit digital video, which can significantly enhance their production and time-to-air procedures.

Demonstrations of the integrated Ciprico/IBM solution can be viewed in Ciprico's booth M8336 in the Sands Convention Center during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas. The IBM fibre channel disk drives will also be featured in the Sands Conventions Center at the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) Solutions Pavilion, booth M8757.

Ciprico is the first to develop a true 2 Gb complete solution that is denser, faster and more reliable than ever before. "Ciprico has taken the next step to meet the demands of more applications than ever before with the introduction of our cutting edge digital storage solution, the FibreSTORE 2210," said Ciprico President and CEO, Robert H. Kill. "Our working relationships with technology leaders, such as IBM, enables Ciprico to provide the finest technology and the first true and complete 2 Gb storage solution in the industry."

"The exceptional performance of IBM's Fibre Channel Ultrastar drive, combined with disk arrays like Ciprico's FibreSTORE 2210, will offer customers an unprecedented high-performance storage solution," said Gregory P. Piligian, director, Ultrastar, IBM Storage Technology Division. "The impressive results reaffirm the capabilities of IBM's Ultrastar 73LZX family of hard disk drives, which combine huge capacity with blazing speed."

"In the world of Digital Networks, a 2 Gb storage solution enables us to work with HDTV applications more efficiently. For instance, in applications such as a broadcast-editing Storage Area Network (SAN), we are able to process more streams of information to enhance special effects in news clips," commented Mike Wolschon, Director of Marketing for Philips Digital Networks.

The FibreSTORE 2210/IBM Ultrastar solution delivers leading-edge reliability required for applications such as video servers or streaming applications which require a guaranteed delivery of data with no exception. This SAN-ready solution is exceptionally fault tolerant and designed with no single point of failure. Storage management in the FibreSTORE 2210 is easily handled using standard Internet protocols through an integrated Ethernet port. This allows for local and remote management with standard, off-the-shelf software programs for secure sites.

IBM's 10,000 RPM Ultrastar 73LZX hard disk drives enable customers to meet the needs of storage-intensive applications from digital video editing to e-commerce. With a top capacity of 73 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity, a single one-inch-thick drive holds about 36.5 million pages of text, an amount equivalent to a single stack of pages of text as tall as Mount Fuji (12,389 ft.) The Ultrastar 73LZX family of drives offer improved speed, increased capacity, high performance and reliability to meet the continually growing demands of today's businesses.

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