Adaptec's 'Platinum Partner Program' to Help Resellers Target Growing Market for Storage Networking Products

6/27/2002 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT), the global leader in data storage access solutions, introduced its Platinum Partner Program, a worldwide initiative to help resellers and systems integrators target the burgeoning market for storage networking products.

"The storage networking business opportunity for resellers and integrators is considerable, and Adaptec is bringing qualified resellers and systems integrators the high-quality storage networking products and services they need to sharpen their competitive edge and expand their reach in this important market," said Kerry Reid, Adaptec's vice president of worldwide channel sales. "Armed with this new program, they can ramp up their efforts to help make storage networking mainstream."

According to research firm Gartner Dataquest, Fabric Attached Storage (SAN and NAS) represented 32 percent of all multi-user storage revenue in 2001, a share expected to reach nearly 70 percent by 2005*.

Aimed at helping channel partners seize this market opportunity, the Platinum Partner Program, which encompasses Adaptec's SCSI, RAID, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, InfiniBand and external storage technologies and will include its emerging Serial ATA and Serial Attached SCSI products, consists of three cornerstones:

"Evesham knows it can count on Adaptec for cutting-edge technology as the world leader in SCSI technology," said Stuart Truman, chief technology officer at Evesham Technology, a provider of network, server and PC solutions. "Through its Platinum Program, Adaptec will provide us with excellent technical support and early access to future technologies, such as their iSCSI and Serial ATA solutions, to enable us to better meet both our short- and long-term business goals."

"Technical support, product discounts, demonstration units, pre-release products and marketing programs are all part of Adaptec's Platinum Partner Program," said Georges Diony, Sales Director of DataSwift, a network services provider. "These are key tools that will help boost our sales."

To qualify for the program, resellers and integrators must meet annual sales minimums of Adaptec products and requirements in other areas such as technical support and customer satisfaction. Program materials initially will be available in English and will later be expanded to include French, German, Italian and Spanish.

The Platinum Partner Program will not affect Adaptec's existing reseller programs. It is now offered in Europe and will be phased in over the next quarter in the U.S. and Asia Pacific. More information is available at

* 2001 Disk Storage Systems Worldwide: Market Trends, Gartner Dataquest, January 2002

About Adaptec
Adaptec Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT) provides highly available storage access solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec's storage solutions are found in high-performance networks, servers, workstations and desktops from the world's leading manufacturers, and are sold through OEMs and distribution channels to ISPs, enterprises, medium and small businesses and consumers. Adaptec is an S&P SmallCap 600 Index member.

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