Fujitsu and RAID Inc. to Deliver SAN and Direct Connect Storage Solutions

11/20/2002 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America (FCPA), one of the world's leading suppliers of hard drives and computer peripherals, announced that it has strategically partnered with RAID Incorporated, the Massachusetts-based high-end SAN and storage systems manufacturer and solutions provider. RAID Inc., will integrate Fujitsu's 73GB and 147GB Fibre Channel and Ultra320 SCSI hard disk drives into their family of X-2 SAN and Cobra direct connect storage solutions for its network of North American enterprise, government and education customers.

Disk arrays are significantly affected by the performance and configuration of hard disk drives. Fujitsu hard disk drives were selected by RAID Inc. following an extensive series of compatibility, performance and reliability evaluations. RAID Inc.'s solutions incorporating Fujitsu hard disk drives offer customers an instantaneous solution that is reliable and easily scaled to meet future storage demand. By smoothly integrating with the existing network infrastructure, RAID solutions equipped with Fujitsu drives offer quick return on employee, customer and partner data investment. Working with RAID Inc. further underscores Fujitsu's commitment to the RAID storage segment and dedication to working with leaders in growing markets.

"RAID storage is the obvious choice for customers who need an immediate storage solution and can't afford to tear out their entire network infrastructure," said Ed Zraket, general manager, RAID Incorporated. "RAID Inc. has done its job when our customers can effortlessly deploy our solutions and quickly return to managing their business. To help fulfill our end of the bargain, we have incorporated the industry's leading hard disk drives from Fujitsu."

"Fujitsu enjoys working with strategic partners like RAID Inc. who share our vision for high performance and reliable storage solutions that are designed to meet the needs of today's business leaders," said Lorne Wilson, vice president, channel sales and marketing. "Storage is recognized as one of the most important investments made by leading enterprise companies. RAID Inc. systems that offer Fujitsu hard disk drives provide an excellent model for the storage and distribution of data across corporate networks."

Product Descriptions
The Fujitsu MAP series of hard disk drives deliver industry leading performance and set uncompromising standards with capacity points up to 147 GB and an average seek time of 4.5 ms. These 10K RPM high performance disk drives are available with either SCSI Ultra320 or 2 Gb/s FCAL-2 interfaces. Fujitsu's technical expertise in developing key hard drive components and its strong commitment to excellence allow Fujitsu to provide products with outstanding performance and long term reliability backed by a 1M hour MTBF and a five year limited warranty.

The X2 storage array from RAID Inc. delivers unprecedented performance and data protection. Based on 2 Gb/s bit Fibre-Channel technology, the fully redundant, highly-available storage system can be configured as the core of a Storage Area Network (SAN) solution or as a direct-attached storage array. The modular 3U rack-mount design, provides the flexibility to easily scale up to 18TB of storage capacity with a single X2 storage director. Multiple X2 storage directors can then be interconnected for virtually unlimited capacity expansion.

The Cobra Series from RAID Inc. is a family of direct connect, high-availability, high-performance storage systems. Its superior 64-bit performance and connectivity is ideally suited to mission critical network and storage environments. The upgradable, open storage interface utilized by Cobra arrays connect to all major operating systems via SCSI or Fibre Channel.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high- reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA) conducts engineering and marketing activities in San Jose, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. FCPA's current product and service offerings include hard disk drives, tape drives, magneto-optical drives, scanners and scanner maintenance. FCPA is located at 2904 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA, 95134. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-432-6333.

About RAID Incorporated
Headquartered in Lawrence, MA, RAID IncorporatedTM is a customized SAN and RAID manufacturer specializing in end-to-end storage systems and managed services featuring StorageWatch®. For the past five years, its team has been devoted to research and development, technological knowledge and customer service to become one of the industry leaders in its field. RAID IncorporatedTM is a member of the RAID Advisory Board, the Fibre Channel Industry Association, the Silicon Graphics Hardware Developer Program, and the SUN Microsystems Developer Program. For more information please contact us at (978) 683-6444 or by email at

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