IBM Positioned in Leader Quadrant for Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software

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ARMONK, NY - 26 Mar 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the analyst firm Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM in the "Leader" quadrant in its Gartner Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource Management (SRM) and SAN Management Software for 2007(1).

According to Gartner, Inc., "Leaders have the highest combined measures of an ability to execute and a completeness of vision. They have the most comprehensive and scalable products. They have a proven track record of financial performance and an established market presence. In terms of vision, they are perceived as thought leaders, having well-articulated plans for ease of use, how to address scalability and product breadth. For vendors to have long-term success, they must plan to address the expanded market requirements for change management and root-cause and performance analysis. Leaders must not only deliver to the current market requirements, which continue to change, but they also need to anticipate and deliver on future requirements. A cornerstone for leaders is the ability to articulate how these requirements will be addressed as part of their vision for resource management. As a group, leaders can be considered a part of most new purchase proposals, and they have high success rates in winning new business."

The IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center is an open storage infrastructure management solution designed to help:

The IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center provides reporting and provisioning capabilities to identify data usage and its location. It also provides a central point of control to move the data based on business needs to more appropriate online or offline storage, and centralizes the management of storage infrastructure capacity, performance and availability.

"With the data deluge that today's businesses are facing, more and more companies are looking to storage software to manage data growth, improve application availability and lower IT costs," said Hershel Harris, VP, IBM Tivoli Storage and Security. "We believe IBM continues to lead with our unbeatable storage portfolio -- including software, hardware and services -- and our comprehensive approach is helping clients minimize the complexity associated with managing multi-vendor systems so that they have access to information on demand."

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted March 23, 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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1 (1) Source: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software for 2007; authors: Dave Russell, Robert E. Passmore.