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MIC to Sell Xyratex in Japan

HAVANT, U.K. -- Xyratex Ltd. (NASDAQ:XRTX), a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems and storage process technology, today announced that MIC Associates, Inc. will resell the Xyratex E5402E SAS/SATA RAID system to its solution integrator partners in the Japan market.

MIC Associates, Inc. has been a long-standing customer of Xyratex for many years and will now be selling the highly successful E5402E RAID system and RS-1220 Expansion. The E5402E has been added to the MIC product portfolio to meet the growing requirement for SAS-based RAID solutions in the Japanese market place. The company will primarily offer the E5402E to Japan-based partners that target the video and multimedia markets, both high growth segments in Japan and Asia-Pacific.

With hundreds of OEM customers and thousands of end-user RAID system installations throughout the world, Xyratex has a long history of providing high performance products as well as leveraging their advanced integration and manufacturing capabilities,” said Michio Fujii, president of MIC Associates, Inc. “MIC Associates expects that the Xyratex E5402E will generate strong demand, due to its unique architecture, across our solution integrator partners and end-users.”

The E5402E system is the latest addition to Xyratex’s range of SAS solutions targeting SME and SMB deployment. Designed with the small and medium-sized business markets in mind, the highly integrated E5402E provides SAS host connectivity and supports both SAS and SATA-II drive technology. The combination provides for superior performance in both direct attached and network storage environments. This innovative approach gives end-users the benefit of high performance, system flexibility and simplified management and integration.

“Xyratex’s investment in the Japan and Asia-Pacific markets is accelerating our access to incremental customer opportunities. Our recent acquisition of Jastam and today’s agreement with MIC Associates expand Xyratex’s presence in this region,” said Todd Gresham, executive vice president, Networked Storage Solutions, Xyratex. “Launched last Fall and supporting key features such as RAID 6 and Snapshot, the Xyratex SAS RAID Solutions have already gained an impressive foothold in the global market. We look forward to helping MIC Associates meet the needs of the video and multimedia segments in the Japan and Asia-Pacific region.”

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