Adaptec iSCSI Adapter Qualifies as Network Appliance™ Supported Solution

Milpitas, Calif. - August 11, 2003 -- Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions, today announced qualification of its iSCSI solutions for use with Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP) storage systems. Together the Adaptec and NetApp products will be available as IP SANs solutions that reduce the cost and complexity of deploying storage area networks for applications such as e-mail, database and disaster recovery.

"IP SANs are bringing the benefits of storage networking-including increased storage utilization, consolidation, scalability and easier backup and recovery-to a new class of customers looking for easy-to-use, cost-effective solutions that help them manage and store growing amounts of electronic data," said James Opfer, Research VP in Gartner's Storage Group.

Adaptec's iSCSI products achieved NetApp-supported status by passing extensive tests for enterprise-class performance, reliability and usability at Finisar's Medusa Labs facility.

Trimble, a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS), optical and laser 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. The network provides Trimble with fast, reliable access to its engineering data-critical to delivering products to its customers.

"Qualification of Adaptec's iSCSI host bus adapter for use with NetApp iSCSI storage appliances means customers now have access to a complete, trusted solution for IP storage networking," said Ram Jayam, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Networking Group. "The NetApp-supported IP SAN solution combines the benefits of networked storage with the ease-of-use and cost advantages of Ethernet, significantly reducing the complexity and total cost of ownership for networked storage."

iSCSI-Enabling Cost-Effective SAN Storage Solutions

iSCSI enables IT organizations to leverage their experience in Ethernet networking infrastructure to deploy cost-effective SAN storage solutions in departmental, regional, or remote data centers. iSCSI combines the proven performance of SCSI with the ubiquity and low cost Ethernet components, making iSCSI storage solutions cost-effective, scalable and easy to deploy and manage.

"Self-qualification of iSCSI adapters through Medusa Labs' iSCSI testing program validates that Adaptec products meet or exceed industry standards for enterprise-class storage solutions," said Rich Clifton vice president of the SAN/iSAN business unit for Network Appliance. "The Adaptec iSCSI adapters proved to withstand the rigorous test cycle, and we're pleased to have them available to our customers to meet the growing demand for IP storage networking."

Solution Availability

The Adaptec iSCSI host bus adapters support copper (7211C) and fiber (7211F) media. Adaptec iSCSI adapters and NetApp iSCSI targets are available now.

Adaptec IP Storage

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

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product and partner firsts that continue to drive "The evolution of storage.™" Information about Network Appliance solutions and services is available at

About Adaptec

Adaptec Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) provides end-to-end storage solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec provides software and hardware solutions for storage connectivity and data protection, storage networking and networked storage subsystems to leading OEM and distribution channel partners. Adaptec solutions are in use by enterprises, ISPs, medium and small businesses and consumers worldwide. Adaptec is an S&P Small Cap 600 Index member. More information is available at

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