StorageTek Sees Early Adoption in Health Care for Information Lifecycle Management Solutions

February 24, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla., HIMSS, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For some it's a battle of visions. For others it's a battle over definitions. For StorageTek(R), it continues to drive interest in StorageTek solutions to address the daunting challenge to

ORLANDO, Fla., HIMSS, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For some it's a battle of visions. For others it's a battle over definitions. For StorageTek(R), it continues to drive interest in StorageTek solutions to address the daunting challenge to efficiently access and maintain complex information while enabling compliance to mandates, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

StorageTek(R) (Storage Technology Corporation), , the data storage solutions expert, today announced at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2004 Annual Conference that demand for its information lifecycle management reference architectures and solutions continues to rise in light of HIPAA requirements, and customers' image and data archiving requirements. Along with best-in-class health care PACS partners, including Agfa Healthcare, Kodak Health Imaging, Siemens Medical Solutions, Philips Medical Systems and Rorke Data, StorageTek's reference architectures offer customers specific standard configurations of solutions that operate in each Picture Archive Communications System (PACS) provider's environment.

Health care customers worldwide have selected StorageTek to store, retrieve and manage their tiered information in a cost-effective and efficient manner. All of StorageTek's health care solutions are on view in Booth #733 at the annual HIMSS conference through Feb. 26, 2004.

"We're beyond buzzwords at this point in time," said Peter Gerr, analyst at Enterprise Storage Group (ESG). "Regardless of the label it's given -- tiered storage, hierarchical storage management, policy-based storage or information lifecycle management (ILM) -- the challenges facing IT and business professionals remain the same. Users need better tools and integrated solutions that enable them to protect their information assets while improving the utilization of their storage assets.

"Because most IT organizations are a patchwork of different technologies, ESG feels that vendors who address the broadest range of solutions, including tape, disk, networking, software and services, will be best positioned to succeed regardless of which industries they serve. The healthcare industry is long overdue for a technology refresh and appears to be one of the first industries to recognize the promise that information lifecycle management holds," said Gerr.

"Health care companies recognize data has a lifespan and that there's a balance between the immediacy of data access with cost-effective archiving capabilities," said Mark Ward, StorageTek vice president and general manager Information Lifecycle Management Solutions. "Factor in federal mandates such as HIPAA and the explosive growth of data year-over-year, and you have an escalating crisis for IT managers in health care. StorageTek is a uniquely focused enterprise class storage company which provides integrated storage solutions across software data management, disk, SAN, tape and services to

help health care providers take charge of their information so it does not take charge of them."

StorageTek offers the following information lifecycle management solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of the health care community:

 

* Open Systems Archiving allows hospitals to automatically manage data movement across a tiered storage hierarchy. * Open Systems Data Protection provides hospitals with the ability to protect their business-critical data at all times. * Mainframe Archiving helps hospitals manage information cost efficiently across a tiered storage hierarchy in a mainframe environment.

The reference architectures are enabled by StorageTek's unique and powerful Application Storage Manager(R) (ASM) software, which utilizes policy-based management practices to manage data and retrieval across a hierarchy of storage systems in a multi-tiered strategy. It provides performance and capacity while concurrently managing growth and access requirements. This suite of products runs on Solaris, Windows and IBM S/390 operating systems.

Ward added, "Since launching our information lifecycle management reference architectures for health care last fall, we've been pleasantly surprised by the reception we've received in the health care community from key PACs partners and customers alike. As healthcare enterprises seek to consolidate all their data into a shared archive in order to reduce total cost of ownership, we envision continued demand for StorageTek to uniquely address this need."

About StorageTek

StorageTek is a $2 billion global company that enables businesses, through its information lifecycle management strategy, to align the cost of storage with the value of information. The company's innovative storage solutions manage the complexity and growth of information, lower costs, improve efficiency and protect investments. For more information, see http://www.storagetek.com/, or call 1.800.786.7835.

TRADEMARKS: StorageTek and the StorageTek logo are registered trademarks of Storage Technology Corporation. Other names mentioned may be trademarks of Storage Technology Corporation or other vendors/manufacturers.

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This press release contains certain statements, projections and forecasts regarding StorageTek's future business plans, financial results, products and performance that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," and "believes." There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially.

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Some of these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, StorageTek's ability to develop, manufacture and market new products and services successfully; our ability to execute our Information Lifecycle Management strategy; competitive pricing pressures; rapid technological changes in the markets in which we compete; our ability to attract and retain highly skilled employees; changes in our management; general economic conditions in the United States and globally; and other risks described in StorageTek's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and which are available on the SEC's website.

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