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CORAID Joins Best Practices Laboratory for Entertainment Technology

Showcasing Innovative EtherDrive SAN Technology for Storing High Value Digital Content

SAN CLEMENTE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/13/09 -- CORAID, providers of affordably fast SAN, today announced that it has joined the Best Practices Laboratory for Entertainment Technology (BPL), a non-profit independent entertainment technology laboratory showcasing innovative technologies, new methodologies and best practices for creative digital content production and distribution. The proliferation of new digital distribution channels such as Digital Cinema, VOD, IPTV, iTV, and Mobile TV, etc. makes it increasingly more challenging to meet the storage requirements throughout the creation, distribution, and exhibition chain. Leveraging the latest in server virtualization technologies, CORAID EtherDrive® SAN delivers affordably fast network storage for high value creative digital content.

"The methods and complexity for the creation and distribution of creative content is growing exponentially, thus the need to demonstrate the latest technologies and best practices to store this high value digital content throughout the workflow," said David Haines, Executive Director, BPL. "We welcome CORAID's participation and the virtualization infrastructure storage area network expertise it brings to help fulfill our mission to demonstrate disruptive emergent technologies. The Best Practices Laboratory is the perfect facility for CORAID to showcase its innovative EtherDrive SAN family of network storage products to the entertainment community."

"CORAID EtherDrive SAN products provide a complete solution for extreme performance storage area networks delivering mission-critical digital content for applications with the most demanding workloads," said James Kemp, CEO of CORAID. "Our EtherDrive SAN solutions are highly scalable and empower enterprises to focus on streamlining, consolidation, and efficiency through server virtualization. We are excited to be a part of the BPL and look forward to working with the lab to showcase innovative network storage technologies for the entertainment industry."

The Best Practices Laboratory for Entertainment Technology provides the entertainment industry with a neutral environment to innovate, facilitate and educate. Located in the heart of Hollywood at the historic Raleigh Studios, the BPL enables access to leading Hollywood technology decision makers through conferences and showcase events to top industry executives from The Walt Disney Company, Entertainment Technology Center, SONY Pictures, THX, and others.

Committed to a sustainable corporate concept of linked prosperity, BPL member organizations are introduced to other complimentary technologies for possible collaboration and commercial revenue opportunities. CORAID joins other member organizations including MXI Security, Entertainment Security Technology Council (ESTC), Asankya Networks, and Lower Mars, in support of the Best Practices Laboratory mission to enable entertainment technology innovation and education, and to improve the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally.

CORAID EtherDrive SAN solutions are built upon the open ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) lightweight storage area network protocol. AoE, an elegantly simple protocol, leverages the advantages of Ethernet to transport ATA disk commands without the burden of TCP/IP overhead. EtherDrive SAN solutions deliver affordably fast SAN solutions that are simple to understand and easy to use. Delivering Fibre Channel speeds at Ethernet prices, EtherDrive SAN products offer the best enterprise-class solutions that embrace virtualization for the demands of today's IT organizations.

For more information on how CORAID EtherDrive SAN is being used in network storage applications in enterprises all over the world, please contact CORAID at +1-706-548-7200, email [email protected] or visit www.coraid.com. To learn more about the BPL, go to www.bplabs.org.

About Best Practices Laboratory for Entertainment Technology

The Best Practices Laboratory for Entertainment Technology (BPL), an independent technology laboratory located at historic Raleigh Studios - Hollywood, focuses on providing the Entertainment Industry with a neutral environment to showcase the latest technologies affecting the creation, distribution, and exhibition of high value entertainment content. The BPL is an independent, 501(c)(6) non-profit, mutual benefit organization governed by a Board of Directors and supported by corporate sponsorships and participating company memberships. For more information visit www.bplabs.org

About CORAID, Inc.

CORAID EtherDrive®, the affordable network storage, provides fast SAN solutions exceeding Fibre Channel speeds at Ethernet prices. CORAID designs and manufactures innovative, affordable network storage appliances based on the open ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) lightweight network storage protocol. AoE leverages the advantages of Ethernet without the burden of TCP/IP overhead. EtherDrive SAN is the affordable alternative to iSCSI and Fibre Channel. CORAID was recently named among "Linux Magazine's Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2009" and has won InfoWorld's BOSSIE Award for Best of Open Source in Storage and Product Excellence Award for Best Data Backup and Storage Solution at the Linux World Expo. For more information, visit www.coraid.com.

CORAID and EtherDrive are registered trademarks of CORAID, Inc. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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