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MaXXan Achieves IBM System Storage Proven Designation

Offers Integrated Secure Storage Solutions to IBM Customers

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- MaXXan Systems today announced the successful completion of validation testing for the coveted 'IBM System Storage Proven' designation, and that it would immediately begin offering secure storage solutions with disk, tape and VTL enterprise encryption to IBM customers.

MaXXan demonstrated the CipherMax(TM) product integrated with Tivoli Storage Manager at this week's IBM Storage and Storage Networking Symposium at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, where Mike Witkowski, MaXXan CTO and co-founder, also delivered a well-received presentation to the attendees.

"We have already helped a number of mutual customers by integrating IBM and MaXXan hardware and software in the United States and internationally," said Witkowski. "Customers with the same requirements can be assured that our solutions have been validated to interoperate with IBM storage, servers and software for risk-free enterprise solutions to data security challenges."

MaXXan CipherMax Enterprise Encryption began shipping to customers in May, a new offering that operates on the proven MaXXan MXV250 and MXV500 Secure Storage Application Platforms (SSAPs), installed by enterprises around the world since 2003.

CipherMax meets the secure data storage needs of IT organizations faced with increasing data protection and compliance challenges. Encryption satisfies many of the requirements for the protection of sensitive data, and thus is dramatically increasing its role as part of a layered security environment in major IT organizations globally. While software based encryption is common for securing individual files or databases and encryption appliances have been growing for use in point solutions, CipherMax is the only enterprise solution to meet the needs of major IT organizations, often IBM customers.

"MaXXan and IBM sales teams have been engaged supporting mutual customers of our direct sales team and SecurePartners not just in the United States and Canada, but in major projects as far away as China for quite some time," said Jeff Whitney, vice president of worldwide marketing and channels at MaXXan. "Earning the IBM System Storage Proven designation shows our commitment to not only IBM, but to customers going forward."

In addition to live customer environments where MXV systems are deployed along with IBM products, MaXXan completed the System Storage Proven validation testing at the IBM Innovation Center in San Mateo, California. MaXXan's MXV Secure Storage Application Platforms, equipped with Intelligent Line Cards (ILCs), were successfully tested. Two SSAP platforms, the MXV 250, scaling from 16 to 64 high speed Fibre Channel (FC) ports, and the MXV 500, supporting up to 256 FC ports, are available for secure SAN storage of disk and tape. CipherMax Enterprise Encryption is licensed to operate on the individual ILCs, each with 16 ports for a modular, easy-to-manage-and-grow infrastructure. Ports not used for the encryption of disk and tape can be used for normal SAN storage activities. IBM products included in the testing at the Innovation Center were IBM BladeCenters, IBM Fibre Channel switches, IBM tape libraries, plus IBM storage servers, HBAs and disk arrays. Tivoli Storage Manager was also successfully evaluated, with systems running IBM AIX. Testing of additional MaXXan and IBM hardware and software is expected to occur later in the year as part of a continuing effort in order to better support mutual customers.

Secure remote replication of data, secure virtual tape libraries and secure backup of disk and tape through MaXXan CipherMax Enterprise Encryption are several of the solutions that are now available to IBM and MaXXan customers. MaXXan products are available from the company directly, or through the rapidly growing SecurePartner system integrator partner program operated by MaXXan worldwide.

"Enterprise customers can now secure their disk, tape and VTL environments with confidence in IBM environments," said Whitney. "That is a real win for most IT organizations, just about all of whom are facing compliance and data protection challenges."

ABOUT MAXXAN SYSTEMS, INC.

MaXXan Systems, Inc., headquartered in San Jose, California, is the leader in delivering Secure Storage Application Platforms (SSAPs). MaXXan's SSAP simplifies and consolidates mission-critical enterprise storage applications such as data encryption for disk and tape, secure data replication, secure virtual tape library and others in a single platform with high reliability, availability and serviceability. SSAP products are available from MaXXan as well as through its business partners around the world. For more information call (866) 4-MAXXAN or visit MaXXan's website at http://www.maxxan.com/. A formal report on the IBM System Proven testing is available upon request.

MaXXan, ILC, CipherMax, CipherMax Enterprise Encryption, SecureDR, SecureVTL, Secure Partner, MXV 250, and MXV 500 are trademarks and registered names of MaXXan Systems, Inc. IBM, IBM System Storage Proven, BladeCenter, Tivoli, Tivoli Storage Manager are the property of IBM Corporation.

MaXXan Systems, Inc.

CONTACT: Jeff Whitney of MaXXan Systems, Inc., +1-408-382-6578,
jeff.whitney@maxxan.com; or Judy Smith of JPR Communications, +1-818-386-0403,
judys@jprcom.com, for MaXXan Systems, Inc.

Web site: http://www.maxxan.com/

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