Adaptec Raid Driver Embedded in Linux Kernel Brings Raid Card Family To Fast-Growing Linux Market

Driver Supports Adaptec's Family of Ultra160 SCSI RAID and High-End ATA RAID

PCI Cards Out of the Box; Drivers for Adaptec's Ultra320 Products Also

To Be Embedded



Nov 28, 2001, 00:00 ET from Adaptec, Inc.

    MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Adaptec, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ADPT),
 the global leader in data storage access solutions, today announced that its
 RAID driver has been embedded in the Linux kernel, allowing future versions of
 Linux operating systems based on the kernel to support Adaptec's family of
 SCSI RAID and high-end ATA RAID PCI cards out of the box for the fast-growing
 market for Linux operating systems.
     Adaptec's Ultra160 SCSI drivers are already embedded in the Linux kernel
 and the company plans to have drivers for its leading Ultra320 products
 embedded as well. Worldwide, shipments of servers with Linux operating systems
 are expected to grow from 620,000 in 2001 to 1.8 million in 2005, a rise in
 market share from 13 percent to 28 percent, according to research firm IDC.
     In the past, Adaptec's RAID driver was maintained as a value-added feature
 by only certain Linux kernel distributors such as Mandrake and SuSE. Now that
 the driver is embedded in the mainstream kernel -- kernel 2.4.10 -- the new
 code, available at the Linux kernel FTP site, can be reviewed and maintained
 by virtually any kernel distributor. Over the next three to six months,
 distributors developing operating systems using the kernel with Adaptec's
 embedded RAID driver will test the code and add office tools, graphical user
 interfaces (GUIs) and other features.
     "The embedding of our driver into the mainstream Linux kernel is a
 milestone in Adaptec's commitment to making it easier for the open-source
 community to develop solutions around Adaptec products," said Steve Cochran,
 director of RAID marketing of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "The driver
 effectively brings the connectivity of Adaptec's SCSI RAID and ATA RAID
 controllers to mainstream Linux operating systems, allowing distributors to
 develop a new breed of RAID-enabled systems."
     As part of that commitment, Adaptec will be providing source code for the
 OSM layer of the Linux drivers for Adaptec's fibre channel host adapters. The
 company also plans to continue to add to the list of products it supports
 under Linux and open-source BSD operating systems, including FreeBSD, NetBSD
 and OpenBSD.
 
     About Linux
     Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by
 Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Developed
 under the GNU General Public License, the source code for Linux is freely
 available to everyone. Linux may be used for a wide variety of purposes
 including networking, software development, and as an end-user platform. Linux
 is often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative to other more expensive
 operating systems. For more information, visit the Linux web site at
 www.linux.org.
 
     "RAID Everywhere"
     Adaptec's "RAID Everywhere" initiative, launched in August 2000, is
 designed to accelerate the widespread adoption of RAID in the PC-server /
 high-end PC markets, in order to provide customers higher levels of data
 protection and greater speeds of information exchange in support of their
 business strategies. Key components of the plan include new product and
 technology developments, compatibility testing, and educational and support
 programs aimed at making RAID more affordable, accessible and easy-to-use.
 
     About Adaptec
     Adaptec Inc. provides 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 OEMs and distribution channels to ISPs, enterprises, medium and small
 businesses and consumers. Adaptec is an S&P SmallCap 600 Index member. More
 information is available at www.adaptec.com.
 
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SOURCE Adaptec, Inc.
    MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Adaptec, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ADPT),
 the global leader in data storage access solutions, today announced that its
 RAID driver has been embedded in the Linux kernel, allowing future versions of
 Linux operating systems based on the kernel to support Adaptec's family of
 SCSI RAID and high-end ATA RAID PCI cards out of the box for the fast-growing
 market for Linux operating systems.
     Adaptec's Ultra160 SCSI drivers are already embedded in the Linux kernel
 and the company plans to have drivers for its leading Ultra320 products
 embedded as well. Worldwide, shipments of servers with Linux operating systems
 are expected to grow from 620,000 in 2001 to 1.8 million in 2005, a rise in
 market share from 13 percent to 28 percent, according to research firm IDC.
     In the past, Adaptec's RAID driver was maintained as a value-added feature
 by only certain Linux kernel distributors such as Mandrake and SuSE. Now that
 the driver is embedded in the mainstream kernel -- kernel 2.4.10 -- the new
 code, available at the Linux kernel FTP site, can be reviewed and maintained
 by virtually any kernel distributor. Over the next three to six months,
 distributors developing operating systems using the kernel with Adaptec's
 embedded RAID driver will test the code and add office tools, graphical user
 interfaces (GUIs) and other features.
     "The embedding of our driver into the mainstream Linux kernel is a
 milestone in Adaptec's commitment to making it easier for the open-source
 community to develop solutions around Adaptec products," said Steve Cochran,
 director of RAID marketing of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "The driver
 effectively brings the connectivity of Adaptec's SCSI RAID and ATA RAID
 controllers to mainstream Linux operating systems, allowing distributors to
 develop a new breed of RAID-enabled systems."
     As part of that commitment, Adaptec will be providing source code for the
 OSM layer of the Linux drivers for Adaptec's fibre channel host adapters. The
 company also plans to continue to add to the list of products it supports
 under Linux and open-source BSD operating systems, including FreeBSD, NetBSD
 and OpenBSD.
 
     About Linux
     Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by
 Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Developed
 under the GNU General Public License, the source code for Linux is freely
 available to everyone. Linux may be used for a wide variety of purposes
 including networking, software development, and as an end-user platform. Linux
 is often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative to other more expensive
 operating systems. For more information, visit the Linux web site at
 www.linux.org.
 
     "RAID Everywhere"
     Adaptec's "RAID Everywhere" initiative, launched in August 2000, is
 designed to accelerate the widespread adoption of RAID in the PC-server /
 high-end PC markets, in order to provide customers higher levels of data
 protection and greater speeds of information exchange in support of their
 business strategies. Key components of the plan include new product and
 technology developments, compatibility testing, and educational and support
 programs aimed at making RAID more affordable, accessible and easy-to-use.
 
     About Adaptec
     Adaptec Inc. provides 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 OEMs and distribution channels to ISPs, enterprises, medium and small
 businesses and consumers. Adaptec is an S&P SmallCap 600 Index member. More
 information is available at www.adaptec.com.
 
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