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Globalstor Partners with JMR Opening Doors to Flexible Storage Solutions for Hollywood

Globalstor and JMR Demonstrate FC-FC and SATA RAID Solutions at NAB

LAS VEGAS, NV April 19, 2004:

Globalstor Data Corporation and JMR Electronics, a leading designer and manufacturer of scaleable enterprise storage systems, today announced a partnership to bring fast, reliable, terabyte capacity RAID solutions to the motion picture industry including JMR’s Fortra® i6 15-Bay 2GB Fibre Channel Raid and Fortra A2 15-Bay 2G Fibre to SATA RAID solutions. Both solutions provide users with unlimited scalability, a virtually open architecture and broad RAID/JBOD compatibility.

Developed to improve enterprise efficiency while reducing overhead with dynamic, on-site scalability; the Fortra i6 incorporates up to 15 hot swappable, industry standard Fibre Channel hard drives providing up to 600MB/sec data throughput under RAID 5 and offering up to 2.2TB of storage in a rack-mountable (3U) system. With the addition of a 2GB, FC JBOD, capacity is doubled to 4.4TB giving the Fortra i6 enough capacity to manage a full length feature film and performance exceeding the requirements for uncompressed, realtime, HD and 2K digital intermediate. The Fortra A2 is powered by a sophisticated RAID controller technology with 64-bit architecture and advanced firmware. Host and Operating System independent, the A2 incorporates up to 15 hot swappable SATA drives for up to 200MB/sec. data throughput and capacity up to 4.5TB. The Fortra A2 increases reliability by preventing downtime due to hardware failure while running in RAID 5. Both RAID systems are suitable for editing in compressed HD, NTSC and or uncompressed, nearline storage of digital intermediate.

“The JMR Fortra i6 is the ideal solution for HD & 2K, uncompressed, realtime digital intermediate,” said Sam Holtz, E-Cinema Sales Manager for JMR Electronics. “Employing a Fortra RAID solution fulfills these critical storage needs providing almost instantaneous access to data while offering a number of valuable data protection features including replication, backup power supplies and fans, and hot swap disks. Partnering with Globalstor,” continued Holtz, “we can provide complete video content storage and streaming solutions with greater efficiency.”

RAID systems, by design, can sustain several bad sectors, even whole disk failures and continue running transparently to the end-user. Spare disk drives are often supported to speed the automatic rebuilding of failed drives, and removable disk canisters simplify the task of replacing failed disk drives. With the professional video industry moving into the High Definition era, storage demands have had to respond quickly.

“With HD finally becoming a reality, technology must have the capability to deliver high that content efficiently as bit rate requirements shift from a few MB/s to over 750MB/s," said Scott Leif, President of Globalstor Data. "Uncompressed video requires throughputs that are only possible with a very serious RAID configuration. Working with JMR, we can offer the movie industry and video professionals HD-ready RAID storage in a flexible, turnkey digital storage solution.”

During NAB (April 19th through 22nd, 2004), Globalstor Data and JMR will demonstrate the Fortra i6 and Fortra A2 at Globalstor’s hospitality suite in the Las Vegas Hilton, room #4103.

Pricing and Availability
Available for direct sale through Globalstor Data, JMR or to OEMs for development into specific applications, Fortra i6 and Fortra A2 are available now with three-year factory warranties. Prices for the Fortra i6 with 15 146GB (2.1TB) drives start at $40,000.

About JMR
With over 22 years of experience in the design and manufacturing of storage systems, JMR continues to be a major provider of scalable, high-performance storage solutions for the heterogeneous enterprise environments. JMR’s products are based on Fibre Channel, SCSI, and Serial ATA technology. JMR delivers a wide range of products via a select group of VAR’s, resellers and OEMs worldwide. JMR is a solely owned corporation and is headquartered in Southern California, U.S.A. with sales offices in Germany, Asia and the U.K. For more information, along with a complete listing of vendors and products represented, visit their website at www.jmr.com or call 818-993-4801.

About Globalstor Data
Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, Globalstor Data Corporation is a leading distributor of high-end mass storage solutions and is widely recognized for its value-added services, including systems integration and customer support. An OEM with a full spectrum of hardware and software support, the firm’s competitively priced product line includes technically advanced DVD-RAM and Magneto-Optical (MO) drives and libraries for solutions scalable in excess of 20TB of capacity. Globalstor also provides a comprehensive range of tape, CD, RAID and Fibre Channel solutions with complete integration for all major operating systems. Globalstor serves a worldwide customer base from its U.S. headquarters in Chatsworth, California and internationally through a strong foundation of over-seas resellers.