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Xiotech Magnitude 3D 3000 Is Recognized by Microsoft's Simple SAN for Windows Server Program

Microsoft Recognizes Xiotech's Work in Delivering Easy-to-manage SAN Solutions

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Xiotech(R) Corporation, a leading provider of data storage and data discovery solutions, today announced it has achieved Microsoft's Simple SAN for Windows Server designation. This program recognizes networked storage products that integrate with the storage management capabilities of the Windows Server platform and eliminate the traditional cost and complexity of a storage area network (SAN) implementation.

Xiotech, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has led the industry in delivering resilient, flexible and scalable storage solutions with ease of installation and management. In addition, Xiotech's Magnitude 3D(R) 3000 storage systems are fully compatible with Windows Server platforms and are designed to complement Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), Multipath I/O (MPIO) and Virtual Disk Service (VDS) technologies.

"We test jointly with Microsoft and first saw a Magnitude 3D SAN in a visit to the Microsoft Technology Center in Massachusetts," said Rich Perkett, cofounder and CTO of Salesnet. "Xiotech provided us with a hands-on demo and within 15 minutes our team understood how to use the system. Through additional conversations with Xiotech and their existing customers we were confident that the Magnitude 3D system would meet our needs. Furthermore, the fact that Xiotech is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner gave us even more assurance of Xiotech's commitment to optimizing Microsoft environments like ours."

"Microsoft is pleased to be working with Xiotech to provide simplified SAN solutions for our customers," said Dr. Claude Lorenson, group product manager of the Windows Server Division at Microsoft. "The Magnitude 3D 3000 storage system's integration with Simple SAN technologies helps us provide organizations with cost-effective and easy-to-manage SAN solutions."

"Microsoft and Xiotech share the common goal of hiding the complexity and streamlining the steps necessary for successful SAN setup and management," said Mike Stolz, vice president of Marketing for Xiotech. "Our participation in Microsoft's Simple SAN Program is part of our overall commitment to leading the industry in delivering easy-to-manage SAN solutions."

About the Microsoft Simple SAN for Windows Server Program:

To successfully reduce complexity, each component of the SAN solution must contribute to the overall goal of a simplified customer experience. Using the SAN-friendly Microsoft Windows Server 2003 platform of storage technologies, Microsoft is working with partners like Xiotech to help drive the creation of simple SAN solutions for Windows Server 2003 users. The program:

-- Ensures interoperability with the storage capabilities in the Windows platform. Windows Server 2003 has built-in support for SANs. By providing technical support and Plugfest assistance, hardware interoperability in Windows Server 2003 improves. -- Works to simplify hardware setup. By reducing setup complexity of the individual SAN components, the potential for incorrectly configuring the SAN is reduced. Simplifying setup documentation is a part of this effort. -- Helps customers make an informed decision about SAN purchases. By introducing the Simple SAN for Windows Server Program, Microsoft provides a vehicle to channel SAN hardware solutions, such as Magnitude 3D 3000, that are easily deployed and managed. Customers who want help with putting together a SAN can see which vendors are committed to simplifying SANs and then make their purchase decisions accordingly.

Xiotech's Magnitude 3D family of clustered storage solutions offers unmatched ease of use, helping customers make the most of limited resources. Magnitude 3D storage systems deliver distributed availability, continuous storage performance, full server and storage independence, and ensured data integrity in the case of site or cluster-wide disasters.

About Xiotech

Xiotech(R) is a leading provider of data storage and data discovery solutions. Since 1996 more than 1,500 midsized enterprises have taken advantage of Xiotech's easy-to-use and highly resilient storage management solutions. The company's products include Magnitude 3D(R) 3000s, Magnitude 3D 3000e and TimeScale(TM) replication appliances. Current customers include Bechtel, Lucent, Navy SCSC, Joyce Meyer Ministries, Ysleta ISD, Salesnet and St. Vincent Hospital. Xiotech also partners with industry leaders such as Brocade, Cisco, McDATA, Microsoft and Novell. Xiotech is based in Eden Prairie, Minn. For more information, visit http://www.xiotech.com/ , email info@xiotech.com or call toll free 1.866.472.6764.

Xiotech, Magnitude, Magnitude 3D, REDI Software, TimeScale, DataScale and GEORAID are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xiotech Corporation. All other trademarks or service marks are the property of their respective owners.

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