ATTO Technology's Xtend SAN iSCSI Initiator for Mac OS X Selected by Facilis Technology

TerraBlock 3.0 to Incorporate ATTO Xtend SAN to Support Mac OS X iSCSI Users

Dec 19, 2007

Amherst, NY (December 19, 2007) — ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, today announced Facilis Technology, Inc. has entered into an agreement to integrate the ATTO Xtend SAN iSCSI Initiator for Mac OS X into Facilis Technology's TerraBlock® 3.0 shared storage environment. By using Xtend SAN, OS X users will be able to connect to TerraBlock's iSCSI Server Module utilizing the standard Gigabit Ethernet port on their OS X workstations.

ATTO and Facilis are building upon their partnership in bringing innovative shared storage solutions to the market with this integration. Facilis Technology, a leader in shared media storage technology for post-production and content creation, offers the industry's highest performance virtual volume SAN with TerraBlock 3.0. ATTO's Xtend SAN software allows Mac users to experience the benefits of the TerraBlock SAN through iSCSI, one of the fastest growing storage networking protocols today. With iSCSI, users can take advantage of existing Ethernet expertise and equipment to access volumes previously available only through Fibre Channel connectivity.

“As a response to customer and reseller requests, Facilis Technology is now offering iSCSI connectivity for remote workstations, lower bandwidth or laptop clients,” explained James McKenna, vice president, Facilis Technology. “By partnering with ATTO for this technology, we are able to offer TerraBlock Mac OS X users a reliable, time-tested iSCSI solution. ATTO's industry-leading experience with the iSCSI protocol in the Mac market made them the ideal partner.”

This new approach to Ethernet connectivity comes at a time when more and more facilities are transitioning to more inclusive workflows with graphics, audio and editorial. Faster 4-Gb Fibre Channel connectivity with optional iSCSI connectivity establishes workgroups without limitations on workstation compatibility or location. This approach enables the highest level of collaboration, regardless of the chosen creative tools.

“Facilis Technology's selection of the ATTO Xtend SAN iSCSI Initiator demonstrates its commitment to the Mac market, as Xtend SAN provides Mac OS X users with the option of connecting to the TerraBlock iSCSI module,” stated Ed Tierney, director of marketing of ATTO Technology, Inc. “ATTO has been providing industry-leading support for iSCSI in both hardware and software for more than five years. Facilis’ selection of Xtend SAN as its iSCSI initiator for Mac environments reinforces ATTO's position as a premier provider of iSCSI solutions for Mac OS X users.”

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