InfiniBand® Trade Association Adds Four Sponsoring Members

Las Vegas, NV - May 8, 2002 -- The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) today announced that JNI Corporation (NASDAQ, JNIC), Lane15 Software, Network Appliance (NASDAQ, NTAP), and RedSwitch Inc. have been elected as sponsoring members of the trade association. The new sponsors will play an important role in the ongoing development of InfiniBand architecture™, an industry standard I/O technology that will improve how servers are built, deployed and managed in data centers.

"The addition of four industry leaders to the Sponsoring Membership roster underscores the breadth of development for InfiniBand architecture," said Dr. Tom Bradicich, eServer Director of xSeries Server Architecture and Technology, IBM and co-chair of the trade association's Steering Committee. "The collective expertise of the new sponsors will enable the trade association to continue its excellent history of development and support of InfiniBand technology."

All four companies have proven track records as leaders in InfiniBand architecture development. JNI Corporation, a leader in the Fibre Channel industry, is augmenting its focus with InfiniBand architecture based storage solutions. Lane15 Software, an InfiniBand technology focused enterprise, is one of the primary vendors supplying fabric management solutions to the InfiniBand industry. Network Appliance, a leading supplier of storage filers and appliances, is the leading developer of the DAFS protocol for InfiniBand storage solutions. RedSwitch Inc., a leading vendor of switched fabric silicon solutions, is one of the first vendors to deliver InfiniBand silicon products.

The announcement of the four new Sponsoring Members came during the trade association's presence at Networld + Interop 2002 Las Vegas. At the event the trade association sponsored a pavilion featuring fifteen vendor booths and a wide array of industry demonstrations, including a multi-vendor interoperability demonstration.

The InfiniBand Trade Association's Steering Committee is responsible for the election of sponsoring members. The seven steering committee companies are Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. These four new sponsor members join current sponsoring member companies: 3Com, Adaptec, Agilent Technologies, Banderacom, Brocade Communication Systems, EMC Corp, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hitachi, Mellanox Technologies, and NEC.

About InfiniBand Trade Association

The Internet is creating an increased demand for server computer I/O subsystem performance, scalability, reliability and flexibility. A shift to a switched fabric- based I/O architecture will enable industry participants to meet this increased demand. The InfiniBand Trade Association developed a specification for a channel-based, switched fabric architecture that provides a scalable performance range of 500Mbyte/s to 6 Gbyte/s, meeting the needs from entry level to high-end enterprise systems. InfiniBand Trade Association represents the industry's choice for developing I/O technologies that will keep pace with the demands of the Internet age.

About JNI Corporation

JNI Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of connectivity products for the enterprise data center. JNI offers a broad line of Fibre Channel HBAs, ASICs and software for storage area networks, as well as HCA Modules for InfiniBand. JNI's PCI, SBus and CompactPCI HBAs operate on Solaris, Windows 2000, Windows NT, HP-UX, AIX, Novell, Linux and Mac OS systems. JNI's high availability HBAs and software are certified in single, multi-host and cluster environments for Windows NT and 2000, and Solaris. JNI customers, distributors and strategic partners include Acal FCS, Avid, Bell Microproducts, Brocade, Chaparral, Compaq StorageWorks, Consan, Crossroads, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, InfiniSwitch Corporation, Info X, LSI Logic, McDATA, Mellanox Technologies, Nishan Systems, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, TidalWire, Troika Networks and Veritas. Company headquarters is in San Diego, with offices throughout the U.S. and Europe.

About Lane15 Software
Lane15 Software, headquartered in Austin, Texas is the leading provider of software for the development, testing and deployment of the new InfiniBand Architecture in corporate networks. Lane15's products are designed to help companies in data-intensive industries improve the flexibility, reliability, availability and scalability of their data centers by creating a more efficient way to connect and manage storage and communications networks and server clusters. Lane15 is an active member of the InfiniBand Trade Association and participates in the association's Management Working Group, Marketing Working Group and its Compliance and Interoperability Working Group. For additional information about Lane15, visit

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance is a world leader in open network storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has pioneered technology, product, and partner firsts that continue to drive the evolution of storage.

About RedSwitch Inc.

Redswitch designs, develops and markets integrated high performance InfiniBand switch chips and solutions for the enterprise data center, storage, server, networking, and telecom markets. RedSwitch, headquartered in Milpitas, is located at 1815 McCandless Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035. Telephone: 408-719-4888, Fax: 408-719-4800. RedSwitch can be found on the web at

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