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Promise Unveils a Comprehensive Line of SAS Storage Products at CeBIT 2007 and is Positioned to be a Dominant RAID Storage Supplier in the Industry


Dual Controller RAID 6 Storage Enclosures, PCIe RAID 6 controllers and SAS JBOD enclosures allows enterprise and SMB users to build highly scalable, inexpensive SAS/SATA storage solutions

HANNOVER, Germany, March 15 // -- Hall 1, Booth D 99 -- Promise Technology, Inc., today announced the launch of a comprehensive line of SAS storage products, which includes the highly scalable VTrak(R) E-Class external rackmount storage systems and the SuperTrak(R) EX series PCIe RAID host bus adapters.

The 2U twelve drive VTrak E-Class storage system supports SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) or SATA (Serial ATA) disk drives and active/active, failover/failback RAID 6 dual controllers. The initial product offering includes VTrak E310f with 4Gb fibre channel storage network connectivity while VTrak E310s supports 3Gb SAS direct attached storage connectivity. These systems are immediately available through Promise authorized distributor partners, worldwide.

Promise selected the Intel(R) IOP341 I/O Processor based on Intel XScale(R) Technology as the ideal high-performance, power-efficient platform for their new series of VTrak E-Class storage systems. The Intel(R) IOP341 I/O Processor provides full-function RAID, including enhanced hardware acceleration for the RAID 6 feature set.

PCIe SAS RAID controllers are the newest addition to the Promise high performance SuperTrak EX series RAID HBAs. The SuperTrak EX series SAS RAID HBAs are powered by a highly integrated Intel(R) IOP348 I/O Processor. The initial product offerings will consist of configurations that include internal and/or external SAS connectivity and will be available in Q2 of 2007.

As storage requirements become more demanding, the need for increased flexibility and secure data access is paramount. The open architecture of the VTrak E-Class allows for the use of either SAS or SATA disk drives in the same system. RAID 6, active/active, failover/failback dual controller provides high availability of the data to the users. Using Promise's VTrak J300s SAS/SATA JBOD enclosures, users can now build highly scalable, highly available storage network which can grow as needed.

SuperTrak SAS RAID HBAs will allow users to either build internal SAS/SATA storage systems or provide connectivity to devices like the VTrak E-Class and J-Class. Both the VTrak RAID storage enclosures and the SuperTrak EX SAS RAID HBAs use the same award winning storage management software, Promise's WebPAM(R) Pro. By using Promise's SuperTrak SAS RAID HBAs, VTrak E-Class RAID systems and VTrak J-Class JBOD systems users can take advantage of the highest level of interoperability between their internal and external storage by sourcing all of their components from the same vendor enabling management of data across the entire storage network to be simplified. In addition, all Promise products undergo intensive compatibility testing with disk drives, HBAs, switches and all other complementary technology.

This complete and comprehensive SAS product line empowers value-added resellers (VARs), system integrators and SMB/enterprise end users by giving them the flexibility to configure storage solutions in accordance with varying cost and application considerations while still providing products with the highest level of availability, interoperability and features.

Promise sets a new standard in support by providing free 24 x 7 technical support and a user friendly advanced replacement program for VTrak E-Class RAID enclosures, VTrak JBOD enclosures, SuperTrak RAID HBAs.

"Recognizing a new juncture in the storage technology industry, Promise has set its vision on developing products that effectively penetrate the SAS and SATA storage marketplace," said Sam Sirisena, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing and the General Manager of Advanced Storage Group at Promise Technology, Inc. "We stand behind our products by providing an unparalleled and unmatched support program for our customers and their mission critical applications. Our extensive experience in RAID technology uniquely positions Promise to deliver best-in-class, cost-effective data storage solutions for a variety of business needs; whether enterprise or SMB".

"SAS is a disruptive enabling technology with performance, availability and capacity characteristics equal to Fibre Channel, but at a cost structure comparable to lower-cost parallel SCSI. Clearly, external storage systems based on SAS technology permit users to better absorb their rapidly growing storage requirements within limited IT budget parameters", said Roger Cox, Research Vice President, Storage Markets at Gartner. "By 2010, Gartner predicts that SAS and SATA technology will represent 76.2 percent of the multi-user disk drive market."

"The Intel(R) IOP34x processor family based on Intel XScale(R) technology delivers enterprise-class SAS/SATA and hardware accelerated RAID 5/6 in multiple product offerings," said Mike Wall, General Manager of Storage, Intel(R) Server/Storage Platform Group. "The unparalleled flexibility, high performance, and advanced data protection features of the Intel(R) IOP348 and IOP341 I/O Processors based on a common, proven architecture enables Promise to deliver a wide range of SAS/SATA storage solutions so companies of all sizes can protect their critical data more effectively."

Key Features of VTrak E310f and E310s

The VTrak E310f and E310s are 2U, 12-Drive Bay, dual channel SAS/SATA RAID storage systems. The key features of the VTrak E310f and E310s include:

o Supports failover/failback RAID controllers for high availability

o 12 hot-swappable drive bays in a robust 2U chassis

o Flexibility to use SAS and SATA 3Gb/s drives simultaneously

o Dual 4Gb FC host interface ports (E310f) or Four 3Gb SAS host
interface ports per controller for performance and connectivity

o Data protection with RAID 0/ 1/ 1E / 10/ 5/ 6 / 50 /60 with multiple
global or dedicated hot-spare drives support

o JBOD expansion - up to 4 VTrak J-Class JBOD systems

o Redundant, hot-swappable power and cooling modules

o Embedded web-based management GUI via Ethernet and Command Line
Interface/Utility via RJ-11 Serial Port

o LUN Mapping and Masking enable SANs and large clusters configurations

o PerfectRAID(R) and Predictive Data Migration(R) technology for robust
error handling and recovery

o Free 24 x 7 telephone technical support and Advanced Replacement
Program

Promise Technology will present its extensive product offering of SAS/SATA storage solutions -- including VTrak and SuperTrak -- at CeBIT 2007 in Hall 1, Booth D 99. CeBIT, the world's largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments, takes place in Hannover, Germany, March 15-21.

About Promise Technology, Inc.

Promise Technology, with a track record of over 18 years of storage products development and over 10 years experience in supplying high quality RAID storage products, is highly recognized as a premier high quality and dominant RAID storage supplier in the industry with a comprehensive storage product line offering including Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA) PCIe RAID HBAs, rackmount storage systems with FC/SAS/iSCSI/SCSI SAN and DAS connectivity, NAS systems for SOHO and SATA ASICs. Promise products are being used by SMB/enterprise IT users, VARs, resellers, System Integrators and key OEMs, worldwide. Promise is also known as the originator of SATA/ATA RAID products. Promise Technology maintains ongoing product development relationships with leading storage and server manufacturers. Headquartered in Milpitas, CA, the company is ISO-9001:2000 and ISO-14001:2004 certified and has offices and operations throughout Asia and Europe to support local business partners and customers. For more information, visit Promise Technology's website at http://www.promise.com/

Source: Promise Technology, Inc.

CONTACT: Jennifer Juwono of Promise Technology, Inc., +1-408-228-1400, pr@promise.com

Web site: http://www.promise.com/

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