INRANGE and IBM Team with iT-AUSTRIA to Deploy International FICON Storage Area Network (SAN)

IN-VSN FC/9000 Director Instrumental in Building

Leading-Edge SAN for iT-AUSTRIA



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from INRANGE Technologies

    LUMBERTON, N.J., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The first large-scale production
 storage network utilizing FICON has been implemented by iT-AUSTRIA, which
 selected INRANGE (Nasdaq: INRG) Technologies' FC/9000(TM) Fibre Channel
 Director as the switching infrastructure for its new, high performance SAN.
 FICON is IBM's interconnect technology that lets users migrate ESCON-based
 mainframes to the faster, more efficient storage network links afforded by
 today's fibre channel technology.
     As Austria's largest Information Technology services provider, iT-AUSTRIA
 supports all the information processing services primarily for Bank Austria,
 Creditanstalt, Erste Bank, SPARDAT and the Austrian Saving banks.  It relies
 upon the FC/9000 ? the industry's most scalable and highest performance SAN
 technology ? to direct the flow of up to 2 terabytes of data per day, stored
 on tandem IBM 3494 Tape Libraries.
     To help ensure continuous availability of the bank's information systems,
 iT-AUSTRIA implemented a Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS)
 solution across three locations, over six IBM 9672 servers. GDPS technology
 helps to manage databases, processors, network resources and storage
 subsystems by automatically mirroring critical data and balancing workloads
 between sites.  The high-availability design of INRANGE's FC/9000 Director was
 central in supporting iT-AUSTRIA's mission-critical SAN environment.  The
 successful FICON implementation is the result of the INRANGE/IBM alliance
 announced last year, whereby IBM is reselling INRANGE's FC/9000 through their
 channels for FICON and open systems SANs.
     "The Magstar 3590 A60 Tape Controller, the first native FICON storage
 subsystem, provides significant customer value," said Brenda Zawatski, VP,
 Removable Media Storage Solutions for IBM's Storage Systems Group.  "It lowers
 infrastructure costs by allowing multiple ESCON channels to be replaced with a
 single FICON channel, while delivering improved performance for tape backup
 applications."
     Scalable up to 128 ports and beyond, the FC/9000 is the industry's highest
 capacity Fibre Channel Director.  It is part of the of IN-VSN(TM) family of
 Virtual Storage Networking solutions, which provides the infrastructure for
 building large-scale storage networks that can be extended globally.  The
 Magstar 3590 Tape Controller is designed for attaching 3590 drives to ESCON(R)
 and FICON channels on host systems for true enterprise-class backup and
 recovery implementations.  It extends the performance of tape operations with
 the highest sustained I/O and transfer rates to create the highest-performance
 enterprise SAN yet.
     "Very large-scale networks for enterprise customers with S/390 and zSeries
 servers have arrived," stated INRANGE Executive Vice President and Chief
 Technology Officer, Charles Foley.  "We are positioned with our partner IBM to
 replicate the customer success that we have enjoyed at iT-AUSTRIA and assist
 other users in capitalizing on the bandwidth and productivity benefits of
 FICON implementations."
 
     About INRANGE Technologies (www.inrange.com)
     INRANGE Technologies designs, manufactures, markets and services
 networking and switching products for storage, data and telecommunications
 networks.  Our products provide fast and reliable connections among networks
 of computers and related devices and are used in global 2000 businesses and
 other enterprises that operate large-scale and heterogeneous systems where
 open connectivity, reliability, and continuous availability are critical.  Our
 products are designed to be compatible with various vendors' products and
 multiple communication standards and protocols.
 
     Forward-Looking Statement
     This press release contains a discussion of our expectations for our
 product introduction and capabilities, and other forward-looking statements,
 in addition to historical facts. Statements regarding our product introduction
 and capabilities, competitive strengths, business strategy, future financial
 position, the markets and market growth for our products, and our plans and
 objectives, are forward-looking statements and made pursuant to the safe
 harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 Forward-looking statements in our release can also be identified generally by
 the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect",
 "should", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "continue" and the
 like. Due to the risks and uncertainties of our business, including, but not
 limited to those described in the "Risk Factors", "Management's Discussion and
 Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Business"
 sections of our prospectus, and the other reports we file from time to time
 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, readers are cautioned not to rely
 on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this
 release.  In particular, the timing of the introduction and the capabilities
 of the products we are developing are subject to the risks and uncertainties
 of our business, described in those sections and other reports.  We can give
 no assurance that our expectations, as reflected in these forward-looking
 statements, will prove to have been correct and our actual results could
 differ substantially from those anticipated.
 
     INRANGE and the INRANGE logo are registered trademarks of INRANGE
 Technologies Corporation.  IN-VSN and FC/9000 are trademarks of INRANGE
 Technologies Corporation.  All other trademarks and product names are the
 property of their respective owners.
 
 

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    LUMBERTON, N.J., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The first large-scale production
 storage network utilizing FICON has been implemented by iT-AUSTRIA, which
 selected INRANGE (Nasdaq: INRG) Technologies' FC/9000(TM) Fibre Channel
 Director as the switching infrastructure for its new, high performance SAN.
 FICON is IBM's interconnect technology that lets users migrate ESCON-based
 mainframes to the faster, more efficient storage network links afforded by
 today's fibre channel technology.
     As Austria's largest Information Technology services provider, iT-AUSTRIA
 supports all the information processing services primarily for Bank Austria,
 Creditanstalt, Erste Bank, SPARDAT and the Austrian Saving banks.  It relies
 upon the FC/9000 ? the industry's most scalable and highest performance SAN
 technology ? to direct the flow of up to 2 terabytes of data per day, stored
 on tandem IBM 3494 Tape Libraries.
     To help ensure continuous availability of the bank's information systems,
 iT-AUSTRIA implemented a Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS)
 solution across three locations, over six IBM 9672 servers. GDPS technology
 helps to manage databases, processors, network resources and storage
 subsystems by automatically mirroring critical data and balancing workloads
 between sites.  The high-availability design of INRANGE's FC/9000 Director was
 central in supporting iT-AUSTRIA's mission-critical SAN environment.  The
 successful FICON implementation is the result of the INRANGE/IBM alliance
 announced last year, whereby IBM is reselling INRANGE's FC/9000 through their
 channels for FICON and open systems SANs.
     "The Magstar 3590 A60 Tape Controller, the first native FICON storage
 subsystem, provides significant customer value," said Brenda Zawatski, VP,
 Removable Media Storage Solutions for IBM's Storage Systems Group.  "It lowers
 infrastructure costs by allowing multiple ESCON channels to be replaced with a
 single FICON channel, while delivering improved performance for tape backup
 applications."
     Scalable up to 128 ports and beyond, the FC/9000 is the industry's highest
 capacity Fibre Channel Director.  It is part of the of IN-VSN(TM) family of
 Virtual Storage Networking solutions, which provides the infrastructure for
 building large-scale storage networks that can be extended globally.  The
 Magstar 3590 Tape Controller is designed for attaching 3590 drives to ESCON(R)
 and FICON channels on host systems for true enterprise-class backup and
 recovery implementations.  It extends the performance of tape operations with
 the highest sustained I/O and transfer rates to create the highest-performance
 enterprise SAN yet.
     "Very large-scale networks for enterprise customers with S/390 and zSeries
 servers have arrived," stated INRANGE Executive Vice President and Chief
 Technology Officer, Charles Foley.  "We are positioned with our partner IBM to
 replicate the customer success that we have enjoyed at iT-AUSTRIA and assist
 other users in capitalizing on the bandwidth and productivity benefits of
 FICON implementations."
 
     About INRANGE Technologies (www.inrange.com)
     INRANGE Technologies designs, manufactures, markets and services
 networking and switching products for storage, data and telecommunications
 networks.  Our products provide fast and reliable connections among networks
 of computers and related devices and are used in global 2000 businesses and
 other enterprises that operate large-scale and heterogeneous systems where
 open connectivity, reliability, and continuous availability are critical.  Our
 products are designed to be compatible with various vendors' products and
 multiple communication standards and protocols.
 
     Forward-Looking Statement
     This press release contains a discussion of our expectations for our
 product introduction and capabilities, and other forward-looking statements,
 in addition to historical facts. Statements regarding our product introduction
 and capabilities, competitive strengths, business strategy, future financial
 position, the markets and market growth for our products, and our plans and
 objectives, are forward-looking statements and made pursuant to the safe
 harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 Forward-looking statements in our release can also be identified generally by
 the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect",
 "should", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "continue" and the
 like. Due to the risks and uncertainties of our business, including, but not
 limited to those described in the "Risk Factors", "Management's Discussion and
 Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Business"
 sections of our prospectus, and the other reports we file from time to time
 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, readers are cautioned not to rely
 on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this
 release.  In particular, the timing of the introduction and the capabilities
 of the products we are developing are subject to the risks and uncertainties
 of our business, described in those sections and other reports.  We can give
 no assurance that our expectations, as reflected in these forward-looking
 statements, will prove to have been correct and our actual results could
 differ substantially from those anticipated.
 
     INRANGE and the INRANGE logo are registered trademarks of INRANGE
 Technologies Corporation.  IN-VSN and FC/9000 are trademarks of INRANGE
 Technologies Corporation.  All other trademarks and product names are the
 property of their respective owners.
 
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