DataCore Software and Promise Technology Announce Landmark Distribution Agreement - Dramatically Reduces the Threshold for Entry into the World of Storage Networking

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DataCore Software and Promise Technology, Inc., the originator and world leader of ATA RAID data protection and storage solutions, announced today a landmark distribution agreement. Starting this month, Promise will include a copy of DataCoreÂ?s disk server software, SANmelody Lite, with every Promise branded storage adapter sold. The two companies expect to install as many new storage networks in the next 6 months as have been installed by all other vendors in the last 6 years.

DataCore Software and Promise Technology, Inc., the originator and world leader of ATA RAID data protection and storage solutions, announced today a landmark distribution agreement that will dramatically reduce the threshold for entry into the world of Storage Networking (SANs). Starting this month, Promise will include a copy of DataCore’s disk server software, SANmelody Lite, with every Promise branded storage adapter sold. When existing Ethernet infrastructure is employed, there is literally no additional hardware or software required to deploy a fully functional multi-user storage network. The two companies expect to install as many new storage networks in the next 6 months as have been installed by all other vendors in the last 6 years.

For Promise, the distribution agreement marks an acceleration of its “SAN-for-the-Masses” program for low-cost iSCSI solutions introduced earlier this year. Already dominant in the ATA RAID segment with an 83 percent market share in IA (Intel Architecture) servers, this agreement and other forthcoming solutions represent Promise’s entry into the external and networked storage solutions segments. Promise ATA host bus adapters outsell all other manufacturers' ATA, SCSI, and Fibre Channel host bus adapters combined. “Both the direct attach and external storage markets have a common need for the powerful data protection benefits and increased performance represented by Promise’s vast expertise in ATA RAID solutions,” said Andy Liu, Vice President & General Manager, Global Storage Solution Group of Promise Technology.

For DataCore, the step represents a dramatic turn from Storage Management toward storage itself, as well as a significant broadening of DataCore’s target market, which has hereto been concentrated on the large scale, enterprise storage networking segment. “The partnership between Promise and DataCore is a milestone for the industry and for end-users at all levels,” said George Teixeira, President and CEO of DataCore. “With Promise delivering tens of thousands of units a month, and SANmelody Lite in every box, this amounts to the largest distribution of multi-user external disk subsystems ever - at a price literally anyone can afford. The threshold for SANs is dramatically reduced while the number of iSCSI SANs is increased by several orders of magnitude. The combined benefits that our joint customers receive represents an unprecedented, exponential increase in value, one that perpetually changes the way storage systems are configured.”

SANmelody Lite™ is an easy to install, easy to operate software that enables any Windows PC with a Promise adapter card to serve disk capacity to other computers over an Ethernet network using the iSCSI standard. It effectively transforms the machine into a ‘disk server’ that can transparently allocate capacity to multiple computers. Users can add capacity over the LAN without the need to reconfigure hardware, open up systems or even reboot application servers. SANmelody Lite extends the benefits of Promise RAID technology to multi-user environments while providing a simple upgrade path to the entire spectrum of SANmelody capabilities.

About Promise Technology, Inc.

Promise Technology is the originator and global leader of ATA RAID, using cost-effective ATA technology to design and manufacture fast, reliable data protection and storage alternatives to SCSI RAID systems. With its history of ATA product and technology development, Promise Technology is the recognized world leader in ATA controllers, ATA RAID cards and ATA RAID subsystems. For more information visit http://www.promise.com

About DataCore Software

DataCore Software fundamentally changes the economics of managing storage with innovative software that combines advanced functions and services with the agility and savings of standard hardware and networking infrastructures. The company's award-winning SANsymphony and new low-cost SANmelody disk server software products provide unprecedented price/performance. Small to Medium Enterprises, Global 2000 data centers and OEM storage subsystems rely on DataCore to deploy disk servers, to easily add capacity expansion over networks and to centralize and automate storage management for Windows, UNIX, Linux, MacOS and NetWare systems. DataCore is privately held with corporate headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. For more information visit http://www.datacore.com

DataCore Contact:            

DataCore Software Corporation

Public Relations:(954) 377-6000

public-relations@datacore.com    

Promise Contact:

Promise Technology, Inc.

Press Contact: henry.wang@promise.com.tw

Public Relations: Pr@promise.com

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