STORAGETEK SIGNS WORLDWIDE RESELLER AGREEMENT WITH
Data-Intensive, Multimedia Customers To Benefit From Tightly
Integrated, Scalable Storage Solution
LOUISVILLE, Colo. -- December 8, 1998 -- StorageTek®
(Storage Technology Corp., NYSE:STK), the preeminent provider of network storage, today
announced a worldwide strategic relationship with Silicon Graphics, Inc. whereby Silicon
Graphics will resell StorageTek's family of automated DLT tape libraries. This new
relationship allows StorageTek to better serve high-end, data-intensive customers through
Silicon Graphics global channels in manufacturing, communications, education, sciences and
digital media industries. Through this mutually beneficial agreement, Silicon Graphics can
now offer its high-end users a seamless server-storage solution to effectively access and
store data-intensive applications. Silicon Graphics is yet another prominent server vendor
to reinforce StorageTek's leadership in tape automation.
Under the terms of the agreement, Silicon Graphics will resell StorageTek's 9710, 9714 and 9730 tape libraries,
making StorageTek the company's premier supplier of tape automation. Currently, there are
few reliable and cost-effective storage options for high-end users of data-intensive
information -- making it difficult for companies specializing in motion picture, seismic
or crash simulation graphics to find optimal storage solutions.
Tape storage offers the best in performance, scalability, capacity and value, and is
regarded as an ideal storage medium for the high-performance users of Silicon Graphics
systems. Silicon Graphics customers can now choose a tightly integrated server-storage
solution, with its Origin and Onyx 2 systems and a
StorageTek automated DLT tape library, to keep mission-critical data secure and highly
"StorageTek is well known for its leadership in storage automation and brings a
strong complement to our server solutions," said John R. "Beau" Vrolyk,
senior vice president of Server and Supercomputing Business Unit, Silicon Graphics.
"We are very proud to add StorageTek to our Bandwidth Solutions program, which is
designed to bring best-in-class storage products to our customers."
StorageTek's strategic partnership with Silicon Graphics follows a series of server
vendors recognizing the benefits automated tape products bring to high-end, data intensive
applications. Recent server vendors linking with StorageTek include, Bull, Compaq,
Hewlett-Packard, NCR, Sequent and also announced today Dell Computer Corp. The adoption of
StorageTek's automation products by leading server vendors brands StorageTek as the
leading provider of open-systems tape automation products.
"Being chosen by Silicon Graphics, a leader in high-performance servers, validates
StorageTek's strength and commitment to our partners," said Jeff Hodgins, vice
president of global distribution for StorageTek's Multiplatform Business Group.
"We are expanding our global reach by linking with key new partners such as
Silicon Graphics. Through this alliance, our customers will especially benefit from the
scalability inherent to both StorageTek storage solutions and Silicon Graphics
Silicon Graphics Bandwidth Solutions program is an alliance designed to allow Silicon
Graphics to deliver targeted I/O solutions for its key markets. Silicon Graphics and the
alliance members provide best-of-breed solutions and services to meet the specific needs
of the world's most demanding server applications. Working with StorageTek, Silicon
Graphics plans to further enhance its digital media and enterprise Storage Area Network
StorageTek's Family of 97XX Tape Libraries for Silicon Graphics
9714: StorageTek's 9714 holds up to six DLT 7000 tape drives and offers incremental
capacities from 40 to 100 cartridges, allowing substantial room for growth. The 9714
provides up to 3.5 TB of uncompressed automated storage and can easily adapt to corporate
9710: In less than 16 square feet of floor space, StorageTek's 9710 offers capabilities
from 600 GB to 20.58 TB of data storage-depending on the drive configuration. The flexible
capacity and performance of the 9710 also extend to a 14-cartridge access port that
handles the administrative tasks normally associated with loading and unloading
9730: StorageTek's 9730 library supports up to four DLT 7000 tape drives and is
designed to adapt to future tape drive technologies. It is rack-mountable and only 17.5
inches high with a capacity of up to two TB of compressed automated storage. Customers
have the option to start with an entry-level, 18-slot tape library and as their storage
needs grow, migrate to the 30-slot version with minimal disruption and low upgrade costs.
StorageTek is the preeminent provider of network storage. The company's products and
services are used to store, transport and secure more than 100 petabytes of the world's
information, ranging from mainframe data to client/server applications to video, audio and
still images. The company (Storage Technology Corp., NYSE:STK), based in Louisville,
Colo., reported earnings of $232 million on revenue of $2.1 billion in 1997. Information
on StorageTek is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.storagetek.com
or phone 1-800-STORTEK.
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