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Globalstor Explodes Performance of ExtremeStor DI with Dual Core AMD Opteron™ Processors

Multiple Cores Enable True Multi-Threaded Applications for Optimized 2K/4K Digital Intermediate Performance

CHATSWORTH, CA August 30, 2005:

Globalstor Data Corporation, designer and builder of high end, high performance Digital Intermediate (DI) servers announced today the Globastor ExtremeStor-DI PRO server based on Dual Core AMD Opteron™ processors. This innovative 2K/4K DI solution now includes two Dual Core AMD Opteron processors for even faster processing of uncompressed 2K/4K, HD and SD video files for a broad range of professional video applications including: video editing, color correction, scratch removal, visual effects, capture playback, and more.

Widely recognized as a premier platform for Digital Intermediate applications, the addition of multi-core processing provides ExtremeStor-DI users with unmatched performance while conducting multiple computing tasks simultaneously. As a result, professional colorists and postproduction facilities can experience true multitasking capability without sacrificing video quality.

“A common complaint among video professionals has been that the processing of uncompressed 2K, HD and SD video files often pushes processors beyond their capacity,” said Charlie Boswell, director of Digital Media and Entertainment at AMD.  “Incorporating the Dual Core AMD Opteron processors into the ExtremeStor-DI, reduces bottlenecks inherent in traditional PC architectures, and opens up complex digital video operations in multi-user network environments to a whole new level of performance.”

Dual Core AMD Opteron processors enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing and eliminate the 4GB memory barrier imposed by traditional 32-bit only systems.  Integrating Dual Core AMD Opteron processors in the ExtremeStor-DI provides video professionals with improved system efficiency and application performance for running multiple digital intermediate applications simultaneously and for streaming multi-threaded applications.  In addition, AMD64’s Direct Connect Architecture evolves industry standards to deliver break-through performance on dual-core processors by directly connecting processors, memory controllers and I/O to ensure that the ExtremeStor-DI will not only meet current application needs, but those in the future as well.

“ExtremeStor-DI is flexible, high-performance solution offering an unprecedented amount of scaleable storage, “said Scott Leif, President of Globalstor Data, “Incorporating Dual Core AMD Opteron processors multiplies a facility’s DI processing capability, making it possible to run multiple processor-intensive applications simultaneously.  Dual Core AMD Opteron processors offer the highest level of performance while enabling us to maintain one of the industry’s lowest total costs of ownership.”

The ExtremeStor-DI incorporates 24, 250GB hot-swappable SATA hard drives for up to 6TB of local storage or 24, 500GB hot-swappable SATA hard drives for up to 12TB, and can be scaled externally via SCSI or Fibre.  Paired with Dual Core AMD Opteron processors, ExtremeStor-DI significantly reduces bottlenecks through AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture and provides digital content professionals with optimized performance in a broad range of networked video applications.  A complete Digital Intermediate solution, ExtremeStor-DI with two Dual Core AMD Opteron processors provides up to 1000MB/sec. sustained performance and supports either Windows XP Pro or Windows XP Pro 64 Bit operating systems.

Pricing and Availability
Available for direct sale through Globalstor Data or to OEMs for development into specific applications, the new Dual Core AMD Opteron processor-based ExtremeStor-DI is available now with a two-year factory warranty.  Pricing starts at $16,000.

About Globalstor Data
Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, Globalstor Data Corporation is a leading distributor of high performance RAID, SAN and storage/video servers.  Widely recognized for its value-added services, including systems integration and customer support, Globalstor is an OEM with a full spectrum of hardware and software support offering a broad spectrum of broadcast and video professional solutions including DVD Digital Video Dailies solutions, 2K and 4K Digital Intermediate solutions, and high-performance hi-definition video servers offering scaleable storage up to 12TB.  Globalstor serves a worldwide customer base from its U.S. headquarters in Chatsworth, California and internationally through a strong foundation of over-seas resellers.