SANGER INSTITUTE BOLSTERS HUMAN GENOME STORAGE WITH MORE STORAGETEK ~ Upgrade to existing storage with 150TB of StorageTek Bladestore ~

April 12, 2004 ~ StorageTek® (Storage Technology Corporation, NYSE:STK), the storage services and solutions expert, today announces the successful implementation of three 50TB Bladestore systems at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, one of the world's leading genome research centres. The Bladestore system will be used as part of the storage for the online Human Genome information based on the Trace Server and Ensemble Web site which have over 500,000 hits / week from the internet. This storage was much needed to allow effective access to data whilst also enabling high density storage in the data centre at a reasonable cost.

The additional storage at the Sanger Institute adds to the current StorageTek solutions that have been implemented since 2001:
- 2 x L700 tape library
- 2 x StorageNet® 6000 (SN6000) domain managers
- LTO Gen 1, Gen2
- L40 x 4, LTO G1

The addition of three BladeStore units at Genome Campus (Hinxton Hall) ensures accessibility and availability of data at all times whilst on the right storage media for the right amount of time and at the right cost.

"The Sanger Institute is at the forefront of genetic research, and our volumes of data have rocketed over a very short period of time - we only went to our first terabyte five years ago. It was crucial that we had backup and storage technologies that could keep up with our ever-growing needs. The addition of BladeStore to this system has given us fast retrieval from large static content and the ability to store large quantities of data in a small footprint at a greatly reduced cost. It means that we can reliably share much more of our research on the web" said Phil Butcher head of IT at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Mark Maby, ILM strategy manager for StorageTek UK added: "Bladestore is a natural fit and the next step forward on the ILM strategy for the Sanger Institute. Bladestore gives them the combination of low-cost ATA disk drives for data storage and the performance and reliability of an enterprise class Fibre-Channel disk system which is ideal for storing online high volume fixed content data."

Ken Saunders
+44 (0) 207 413 3193
Kirsty Whitehead
+44 (0) 207 413 3043

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