IBM Network Attached Storage Products Win Industry Awards Around The World

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SOMERS, NY - 10 Dec 2001: IBM today announced that its Network Attached Storage (NAS) products have garnered industry awards in the United States and Asia, providing further evidence of the growing customer support for IBM NAS products around the world. IBM's TotalStorage NAS 200 and 300 products won Network World's Best Products Award for "Network Attached Storage Appliance," while the NAS 200 took the Asia Computer Weekly (ACW) Readers' Choice Award for "Best NAS Product."

In its third annual Best Products Award, Network World asked its readers to pick which products they liked best in selected categories. The survey queried more than 500 people on 10 categories ranging from commonly used management software to cutting-edge security products. Participants voted IBM's TotalStorage NAS 200 and 300 the winner in each of the four categories in which it was listed.

The inaugural Readers' Choice Awards by ACW, a leading IT magazine for Asia, polled the opinions of its readers who were asked to rate various products, solutions and services based on their user experience in their specific business environments. IBM's TotalStorage NAS 200 was voted the Readers' Choice in the NAS product category, while the IBM TotalStorage Ultrium LTO family and IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (codenamed "Shark") were also ranked number one in their respective categories.

"Our new products are being recognized as superior by what we consider our most important group, our customers," said Roland Hagan, vice president of storage networking marketing, IBM Storage Systems Group. "We will continue to enhance our products to address customers' storage requirements."

According to a recent IDC report on the storage industry, IDC forecasted IBM's share in the NAS market segment to gain nearly three points in 2001, placing it third in the market segment, up from seventh. This represents significant growth in a short period of time as IBM launched its NAS product line only nine months ago.

IBM recently increased the performance and capacity of its NAS 200, 300, 300G and IP Storage 200i. These enhanced products began shipping on November 16, 2001.

Over the last 2 years, IBM has pumped an additional $500 million into its storage area network (SAN) and NAS products. IBM led all storage vendors with over 400 storage related patents in 2000 and was the recipient of the Year 2000 National Medal of Technology for its contributions to hard disk drive and storage technology. An excellent example of IBM's technology leadership is the development of iSCSI, which has it's roots in IBM Research projects dating back to 1997. iSCSI is a new and emerging protocol designed to transport data over IP networks via TCP/IP. This year, IBM demonstrated its leadership with the announcement and availability of the industry's first iSCSI storage appliance, the IBM TotalStorage IP Storage 200i, which is designed to deliver many of the benefits of SANs to medium-sized businesses, departments, and remote branch office sites via IP networks.

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