Adaptec Builds ASIC-based IP Storage Networking Technology into iSCSI

4/15/2003 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT), the global leader in IP storage networking, announced the availability of the first ASIC-based IP storage networking solutions built on the company's groundbreaking iSCSI (Internet SCSI) technology. IP storage networking makes it easier and less expensive for organizations to deploy storage area networks (SANs) for e-mail, database, disaster recovery, LAN-free backup, consolidation and other storage applications by using standard Ethernet components.

Adaptec's new iSCSI host bus adapters are now available from leading distributors and resellers worldwide.

"Adaptec is focused on delivering advanced IP storage networking solutions that make it simple and inexpensive for companies to deploy high-performance, high-reliability SANs," said Ram Jayam, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Networking Group. "We are proud to deliver the industry's first customer-proven iSCSI solutions and we look forward to working with our industry partners to make IP storage networking products available worldwide."

In conjunction with Network Appliance, Adaptec has conducted beta deployments of IP SANs solutions for a broad range of customers such as Trimble, Sandia Labs and the University of Michigan. These solutions support a wide range of business and storage applications including email, database, CRM and ERP, consolidation, disaster recovery and LAN-free and serverless backup on both Windows and Linux platforms.

Trimble, a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS), optical and laser positioning technologies, has deployed an iSCSI storage network incorporating a Network Appliance storage system and Adaptec iSCSI adapters to support storage pooling for both engineering and Microsoft Exchange.

"We set a high bar for the IP SAN from Adaptec and Network Appliance," said Bob Denis, chief information officer at Trimble. "The solution is performing transparently - from a user standpoint it is virtually impossible to distinguish the SAN from direct-attached storage, and for our IT managers the solution is easy to manage, configure and scale."

IP SANs use Ethernet components to substantially reduce initial and ongoing costs of networked storage. The combination of Adaptec's full ASIC-based iSCSI adapters and storage systems gives midsize companies an affordable way to migrate from direct-attached storage to network storage and reap the associated benefits including easier and more cost-effective scalability, storage consolidation, improved reliability and easy capacity management across multiple servers and applications.

The core of the Adaptec iSCSI Adapters 7211C and 7211F is an Adaptec TCP/IP offload technology that moves processing of TCP/IP packets out of the operating system and implements it in hardware on the card to reduce CPU utilization and optimize system performance. The adapters also feature best-in-class interoperability and performance, robust operating system support that includes Windows 2000, Windows NT and Redhat Linux and support for copper (7211C) and fiber (7211F) media.

Pricing and Availability
Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the ASA-7211C and ASA-7211F are $660 and $715, respectively. The cards are now shipping to distributors and resellers and are under evaluation by major OEMs.

Adaptec IP Storage
Adaptec's storage networking products include a family of IP Storage ASICs and ASIC-based adapters with protocol acceleration for iSCSI, Fibre Channel to IP, Fibre Channel to iSCSI and TCP/IP connectivity. The Company's adapters and ASICs enable integrated iSCSI connectivity for storage and server platforms, providing efficient, high-performance data transfer rates of up to 2Gbits per second (full duplex). More information about Adaptec's IP Storage initiatives is available at

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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