SOURCE: Adaptec

November 28, 2005 08:30 ET

Adaptec Launches New Release of Its Award-Winning Unified Software Platform for Snap Servers

GuardianOS™ v4.0 Delivers Unicode Support, Enhanced Antivirus Software, Integrated Virtual Tape Library and Easier-to-Use Graphical Interface

MILPITAS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 28, 2005 -- Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions, today announced version 4.0 of its award-winning, Linux-based GuardianOS™ operating system that comes standard on its Snap Server network attached storage (NAS) solutions. GuardianOS is a unified software platform that combines cross-platform file sharing with block-level data access on a single network storage device to provide a simple and flexible data storage solution ideal for departments, remote offices, and small/medium distributed enterprises worldwide.

Notable new features include an easier-to-use graphical user interface and Unicode support. Unicode delivers a universal architecture for multiple languages, ensuring that stored corporate data from Europe and Asia-Pacific countries is easily accessible and protected worldwide. The latest version of GuardianOS also features upgraded software applications including the latest release of Computer Associates' eTrust antivirus and BakBone's NetVault backup software, complete with a 500GB virtual tape library (VTL) license at no additional charge. VTL support enables customers to deploy disk-to-disk or disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup strategies that provide the time, performance and easy recovery benefits of disk-based backup that can be combined with the long term cost-effectiveness of archival tape.

"The integrated, best-of-breed software applications for backup, data replication, and antivirus protection, as well as the simplicity of the GuardianOS management interface for both block and file data, give Snap Server customers a complete solution to a wide range of data management challenges in a single cost-effective system," said Mark Pollard, vice president of marketing for Adaptec Systems and Solutions Division. "We believe customers will find that the host of new features, as well as the enhanced graphical user interface in version 4.0, make GuardianOS-based Snap Servers even more cost-effective and easier to use."

Pollard added, "Unicode support is good news for our worldwide channel customers, opening up new markets for Snap Servers in many countries that previously didn't have access to the volume leading network attached storage solution."

--  The GuardianOS has helped to earn Adaptec Snap Servers over 25
    independent product awards. Additional new features and benefits of the
    GuardianOS v4.0 include:
--  Graphical RAID representation for easier configuration and management;
--  Windows to UNIX mapping of security, user and group identifiers;
--  Improved share creation and share security;
--  Updates to BakBone NetVault backup and Computer Associates' eTrust
    antivirus embedded applications;
--  Support for Network Time Protocol (NTP) enables Snap Servers to
    synchronize with an external time source;
--  Improved quota management for easier maintenance. Default quotas can
    be automatically updated for all users on-demand;
--  Enhanced cross-platform support and the ability to track users
    connected via CIFS, AFP, FTP or SSH. Also increased support for Apple
    Macintosh File Protocol (AFP v3.1) for file sizes greater than 2GB and long
    file names;
--  A 45-day free trial CD of Snap Enterprise Data Replicator (Snap EDR)
    software for easy remote replication, distribution, and aggregation of
    distributed data.
Pricing and Availability

GuardianOS v4.0 comes standard on all GuardianOS powered Snap Servers, including the 18000, 4500, and 4200 which, depending on the model chosen, offer scalable storage capacity from 320GB up to 30TB. Existing Snap Server customers with a previous release of the GuardianOS may upgrade to the 4.0 version at a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $599 U.S. and this price includes a one-year Adaptec Trusted Services contract (Bronze Service, 7x24 technical support). For more information, go to

About Adaptec

Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) provides trusted storage solutions that reliably move, manage, and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec's software and hardware-based solutions are delivered through leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners to provide storage connectivity, data protection, and networked storage to enterprises, government organizations, medium and small businesses, and consumers worldwide. Adaptec is an S&P Small Cap 600 Index member. More information is available at

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