Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 09:19:12 -0700 To: email@example.com From: Xenia Moore <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Ecrix and Penguin announce Linux partnership Ecrix and Penguin Computing Announce Linux Partnership VXA-1 Tape Drive to Ship with Penguin Computing's Popular Linux Servers Boulder, CO - June 8, 1999 - Ecrix Corporation today announced a key partnership with Penguin Computing Inc., the Linux reliability leader and the nation's largest and fastest-growing company focused exclusively on turnkey Linux solutions. According to the agreement, Penguin will offer Ecrix's highly reliable VXA-1 tape drive on all of its Linux servers, providing an exciting new data backup and restore option for its customers. Based on Ecrix's groundbreaking VXA technology, the VXA-1 tape drive delivers major advances over conventional tape technology, offering users unprecedented data restore capabilities. The VXA-1 tape drive is the price/performance leader in its market, with 66GB of capacity, 6MB/second data transfer speed, and an MSRP of $1,295. The partnership with Penguin Computing enables Ecrix to begin penetrating the fast-growing Linux market, and provides Penguin's customers with leading-edge tape drive products. "The most significant application of Linux today is as an Internet server, e-commerce server, or Intranet server," said Michael Peterson, president of Strategic Research Corporation, an industry analyst firm. "The valuable combination of Penguin's Linux servers and Ecrix's VXA-1 tape drive will be an excellent price performance solution for this growing market." "Linux users deserve to have the best possible data backup and restore technology at their fingertips," said Sam Ockman, president of Penguin Computing. "The VXA-1 is a breakthrough tape drive designed to ensure data restore. Response from our customers has been very positive, reliability is crucial to their day-to-day business." "Linux is the fastest growing OS in the world, so we are very pleased to join forces with market leader, Penguin Computing," said Kelly Beavers, Ecrix's president. "The VXA-1 tape drive delivers unprecedented data restore capabilities, which we believe will provide the greatest value to Penguin Computing's customers in the market today." The VXA Advantage VXA represents a new category in the tape storage market, emphasizing the ability to restore data. VXA eliminates the constraints of conventional streaming tape drives, which have traditionally struggled with data restore, and it avoids many of the costs associated with the designs of competing products. VXA technology is based on three complementary innovations: Discrete Packet Format=99 (DPF), Variable Speed Operation (VSO), and OverScan Operation (OSO). VXA-1 Tape Drive and Media The VXA-1 features a storage capacity of 66 GB and transfers data at 6 MB/second*. Data integrity is achieved by a full Read-After-Write check and a dual-level four-dimension Reed-Solomon error correction system. An integrated ALDC chip provides hardware data compression. The drive can be attached to a wide range of desktop computers, workstations, and network file servers via its SCSI-2 interface. VXAtape cartridges are available in two capacities; the V17 stores 66 GB and the V6 stores 24 GB*. About Penguin Computing Penguin Computing is a privately held company located in San Francisco, California and is the largest and fastest growing company to sell complete Linux solutions. Penguin customers include leading Internet-based companies, such as Excite, Paramount Pictures, Viacom and Amazon.com. Penguin Computing is the established leader in selling Linux servers, workstations and desktops direct. Penguin's business model resembles that of Dell Computer in that it builds every computer and system from scratch, to meet the users exact needs. For more information about Penguin Computing, please visit the company's web site at www.penguin.com or call (415) 243-8100. About Ecrix Ecrix Corporation is an innovator in tape storage and the developer of VXA, a breakthrough tape technology that features advanced backup and restore capabilities in products that deliver market leading price/performance and reliability. Ecrix is privately held and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. For more information about Ecrix, please visit the company's web site at www.ecrix.com or telephone (303) 402-9262. More detailed information about VXA technology is available at www.vxatape.com. VXA, Discrete Packet Format, Variable Speed Operation, and OverScan Operation are trademarks of Ecrix Corporation. * Specifications assume a 2:1 hardware data compression.