Adaptec Embraces Open Source/Linux Community

New Program to Promote Open-Source Driver Development for Adaptec RAID

and SCSI Controllers

Jan 30, 2001, 00:00 ET from Adaptec Inc.

    NEW YORK, LINUX WORLD, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ --
 Adaptec, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ADPT), the global leader in storage access solutions,
 today launched a new program to educate and support the Linux community,
 promote the release of new open-source drivers, and enable developers to
 create and share new drivers for Adaptec controllers.
     Adaptec has provided RAID and SCSI driver support to the Linux community
 for several years, but, for the first time, is now having its RAID drivers
 embedded in the Linux kernel, as has been done with its SCSI host adapter
 drivers since 1998.  The company also will be updating its SCSI drivers in the
 next Linux kernel release
     One of the key elements of Adaptec's new Open Source Program, to be
 introduced this week at the Linux World tradeshow, is a new website, , where developers can access the latest available
 Adaptec open source code, RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) packages and TAR (Tape
 Archive) files, to modify drivers and create new applications that support
 other distributions.  Developers can also obtain the latest Adaptec-developed
 Linux and BSD/OS drivers, and use the site as a forum to share ideas and
 obtain solutions from others within the open source community.
     In addition to the website, Adaptec's new Open Source Program includes
 training and growing the company's service and support infrastructure to more
 fully support the open source community.  It is also planning to introduce
 Linux drivers for some of its other product lines, including its Fibre Channel
 host bus adapters, later this year.
     Bruce Perens, primary author of "The Open Source Definition," the
 canonical definition of open source licensing, and one of the founders of the
 Open Source Initiative, said Adaptec's enhanced outreach to the open source
 community is a welcome move.  "It's great that Adaptec is providing its driver
 source code under the GPL license, the same software license that we use for
 the Linux kernel.  Eventually, every Linux system will run Adaptec RAID
 devices right out of the box, as they run Adaptec SCSI controllers today.
     "Adaptec RAID controllers will be an important component in enterprise
 Linux systems running everything from web servers to databases," Perens added.
 "By establishing a web site especially to interface with the Open Source
 community, Adaptec is streamlining the path by which its new hardware will be
 integrated into Linux systems. We look forward to cooperation on the next new
 Adaptec product!"
     Eric Sheppard, research analyst with IDC, said, "The move to provide
 greater support to the Open Source community is a good business decision for
 Adaptec.  According to our estimates, the Linux portion of the worldwide disk
 storage systems market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 35
 percent from 2000 to 2004. Open Source participation offers new opportunity
 for Adaptec's SCSI and RAID businesses and positions the company for greater
 market penetration."
     "Adaptec is leading the charge to introduce reliable data protection to
 the Linux server community," said Lee Caswell, vice president and general
 manager of Adaptec's Direct Attached Storage Solutions Group.  As with our
 strategy in SCSI products, we will provide open-source code in order to spur
 the development of RAID products in the telecommunications and Internet
 infrastructure markets, where Linux is running on up to 30 percent of server
 platforms.  Our goal, consistent with our recently announced 'RAID Everywhere'
 initiative, is to ensure that these emerging data-intensive application
 servers continue to have access to Adaptec's high-quality, high-speed data
 access and protection technologies."
     About "RAID Everywhere"
     Adaptec's "RAID Everywhere" initiative, launched in August 2000, is
 designed to accelerate the widespread adoption of RAID in the PC-server
 market, in order to provide customers higher levels of data protection,
 availability and increased performance in support of their business
 strategies.  Key components of the plan include new product and technology
 developments, continued compatibility testing, and educational and support
 programs aimed at making RAID more affordable, accessible and easy-to-use.
     About Adaptec
     Adaptec Inc. provides broad-markets with highly available storage access
 solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital
 content.  Adaptec's storage solutions are found in high-performance networks,
 servers, workstations and desktops from the world's leading manufacturers, and
 are sold through distribution channels to ISPs, enterprises, medium and small
 businesses and consumers. Adaptec is an S&P 500 member. More information is
 available at .

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