Exabyte's M2 passes Windows certification

Exabytes M2 tape drive backup has passed Microsoft's Certification and will ensure M2's inclusion in the Windows Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).

SINGAPORE - Exabyte Corporation (Nasdaq: EXBT), a provider in network backup systems, today announced that the M2™ (Mammoth-2) midrange tape drive passed the Microsoft® PC99 Hardware Design Guide, a compliance testing for Windows NT® Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 6, Windows® 2000 Server and Windows 98 Second Edition. The logo certification assures customers that M2 is capable of high performance and strong reliability when used with Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98.

"This is an important milestone for Exabyte and our M2 drives, and will aid in capturing new business," said Bill Fanning, manager of systems integration at Exabyte. "Achieving approval from Microsoft's prestigious WHQL testing further demonstrates we have a top-notch product that continues to meet and exceed the high standards set by our OEM customers and end users."

The Microsoft Windows Logo Certification testing is conducted by the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL), which provides compatibility testing services for Windows and Windows NT hardware and drivers. The program is a combined effort of Microsoft and Intel to present a unified development approach to the integration of hardware into systems and the Windows OS. The testing procedure ensures that a passing product is designed to meet optimal performance standards while running on a Windows- or Windows NT-based operating system.

This certification also ensures M2's inclusion in the Windows Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) and free distribution of drivers on the Windows Update Web site, http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.



About Exabyte Corporation
Exabyte Corporation is a supplier of tape storage devices and network storage solutions for the data intensive application and database server markets. Exabyte engineers, manufactures and markets 8mm and MammothTape™ technology tape drives, premier storage media and libraries for MammothTape, DLTtape™ and LTO® (Ultrium®) tape technologies. NetStorM™, Exabyte's network storage initiative, is designed to optimize the performance capabilities of Exabyte's drives, autoloaders and libraries with other vendors' SAN offerings.

About Microsoft Corporation
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