Exabyte Provides Tape Backup Systems for Kontron Servers, Workstations

7/15/2003 - Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, and Exabyte Corporation (OTCBB: EXBT), a performance and value leader in tape backup systems, announce a partnership agreement that will allow Kontron customers to select Exabyte VXA Packet Drives as an internal or external solution for Kontron servers and workstations. OEMs, system integrators and application providers across the world in industries such as telecommunications, aerospace, the military, transportation, healthcare and the federal government use powerful Kontron servers and workstations.

For Kontron customers using Omnix and Classic chassis lines of servers and workstations, VXA Packet Drivers dramatically increase the capacity and performance available to users seeking an economical alternative to DDS technology. Capable of recording up to 160GB* on a single cartridge at a data transfer rate of up to 12MB/sec (compressed)*, VXA-2 Packet Drives deliver full read and write compatibility with VXA-1, protecting the investment of users who have already standardized on VXA-1 technology. Two interface options will initially be available including Ultra2 Wide SCSI and IDE/ATAPI, providing support for a wide range of computing platforms and operating systems.

“Kontron’s server and workstation customers demand both quality and value from the products they buy from us; that made Exabyte’s VXA Packet Drives a natural choice as a storage solution,” said Kim Babcock, Product Manager for System Components & Peripherals at Kontron America. “VXA technology not only provides tremendous capacity and performance for a very low price, but it also is remarkably reliable and rugged. Reliability is particularly important for our customers because the applications are often physically demanding in ways that would cripple inferior equipment. Exabyte’s VXA Packet Technology is designed in a way that allows it to operate flawlessly even under extreme conditions.”

“Kontron’s decision to incorporate VXA into its servers and workstations is a clear sign of increasing market acceptance of VXA as the price-performance leader in tape drive technologies,” said Tom Ward, president and CEO of Exabyte.

Additional information on the Exabyte VXA Packet Drives compatible with Kontron servers and workstations is available on www.exabyte.com and www.kontron.com. Kontron servers and workstations with VXA-2 (80GB native/160GB compressed, MSRP starting at $999) and VXA-1 (33GB native.66GB compressed, MSRP starting at $699) Packet Drives are immediately available. These systems can be further customized using Kontron’s online “Chassis Wizard” or with the assistance of knowledgeable Kontron staff.

Exabyte Corporation (OTCBB: EXBT) provides innovative tape storage solutions to customers whose top buying criteria is value: capacity/price, speed, data reliability and ease-of-use. Exabyte, an industry innovator since 1987, is the recognized value-leader in tape storage and automation solutions for servers, workstations, LANs and SANs. With groundbreaking VXA Discrete Packet Technology, the most significant advancement in tape in the last decade, Exabyte’s VXA-2 solutions provide SMB and Departmental users dramatically higher capacity, speed and data reliability and speed at competitive prices. Exabyte’s drives and automation products are rugged, robust and reliable solutions for users of VXAtapeTM, LTOTM (Ultrium™) and MammothTapeTM. Exabyte has a worldwide network of OEMs, distributors and resellers that share the company’s commitment to value and customer service, including partners such as IBM, HP, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Bull, Toshiba, Logitec, Apple Computer, Tech Data, Ingram Micro and Arrow Electronics. For additional information, call 1-800-EXABYTE or visit www.exabyte.com. For investor relations inquiries, contact Kelly Beavers at investor@exabyte.com.

Kontron is a leading global embedded computer technology company. Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, transportation, medical, military, aerospace, and test and measurement markets. The company helps its customers to considerably reduce their time-to-market and to gain a competitive advantage with products including high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single-board computers, man-machine interfaces and mobile computers. Kontron employs over 1100 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol "KBC".

For additional information on Kontron, please visit: www.kontron.com

* Data capacities and transfer rates for VXA Packet Drives assume a compression ratio of two-to-one. Actual compression will vary depending on the nature of the data and the drive and media quality.

Exabyte, VXA and M2 are registered trademarks, and, MammothTape is a trademark of Exabyte Corp.

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