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Wasabi Storage Builder 1700i Unlocks Networked Storage

Second generation iSCSI storage product for small and medium businesses (April 14, 2005)

Wasabi Systems today announced the launch of its second generation iSCSI storage product, Wasabi Storage Builder 1700i. This next generation solution allows OEMs to get to market quickly with a product that delivers the promises of networked storage - security, scalability, reliability and flexibility - at a price point that meets the needs of the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB).

A complete turnkey software solution pre-installed on a bootable, Compact Flash disk, Wasabi Storage Builder creates low-cost iSCSI storage using off-the-shelf hardware components. OEMs and systems integrators can now rapidly deliver iSCSI storage systems with the value and feature set demanded by the SMB end users.

"Using Wasabi Storage Builder 1700i, our customers can deploy a wide range of cost-effective IP-SANs by selecting from a variety of host processors, hard drive types, controllers, and motherboards," said Frank Logan, Wasabi CEO. "Our customers are particularly excited about Storage Builder's new software RAID implementation and its remote boot capability."

Key enhancements that are included with Storage Builder 1700i include:
-- Broad CPU support
-- Intel Xeon and Pentium 4 processors
-- AMD Opteron
-- Intel XScale I/O processors
-- PowerPC processors
-- WasabiRAID for software RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50
-- Remote boot capability from the iSCSI target
-- Support for SATA, SCSI and Fibre Channel drive types

The unmatched breadth of processor support provided by Wasabi Storage Builder allows OEMs the flexibility they need to deliver the right mix of performance, form factor and features to meet customer needs.

WasabiRAID delivers RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5 and 50 along with the ability to nest RAID levels. It may be used either on its own to reduce the hardware bill of materials or in conjunction with one or more hardware RAID controllers to further accelerate performance or increase redundancy.

Using Wasabi Storage Builder and standard Ethernet adapters it is now possible to remotely boot Windows servers and desktops from an iSCSI target, without requiring iSCSI HBA hardware. Remote boot capabilities are extremely effective in bladed server environments and applications with diskless clients. In addition, the Wasabi remote boot solution fully enables the use of VMWare for additional operating system virtualization capability.

Wasabi Storage Builder 1700i provides the right mix of flexibility, performance, features and scalability to allow OEMs and VARs to deliver an affordable storage solution that meets the needs and budgets of the small and medium business end users.

About Wasabi Systems
Wasabi Systems provides software products and services that enable network appliances and embedded devices, including Wasabi Storage Builder, a turnkey solution to create iSCSI target arrays; Wasabi Certified NetBSD, a network OS for embedded OEMs based on GPL-free BSD Unix; and Wasabi Workbench, an Eclipse-based IDE designed for use with Wasabi Certified NetBSD. Additionally, the company offers GNU toolchain development services for both Linux and NetBSD. Founded in May 2000, Wasabi's investors include Himalaya Capital, Hudson Ventures, Intel Capital, and Newlight Associates.

To learn more about Wasabi Systems, visit, call 757.248.9601, or contact the Company's headquarters at 500 E. Main Street, Suite 1520, Norfolk, Virginia 23510.


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