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July 22, 2002

Evolving Solutions, Inc. enhances their TotalStorage™ Solution Center with the addition of the new IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server Model 800

Hamel, Minnesota, July 22, 2002:
Today Evolving Solutions, Inc. announced the installation of the newest IBM TotalStorage™ Enterprise tssclogo.gifStorage Server Model 800 (ESS, code named "Shark") in their TotalStorage™ Solution Center (TSSC). The Model 800 is a third generation of the ESS and provides enhanced performance, scalability, and flexibility while supporting 24 x 7 operations availability. As a result of Evolving Solutions' dedication to IBM TotalStorage technology and industry leading expertise in the area of open systems server and storage integration, they were selected as one of three TotalStorage™ Solution Centers in the U.S. to participate in the pilot installation of the ESS Model 800.

ibm.gifMr. Jaime Gmach, President of Evolving Solutions, Inc., an IBM TotalStorage™ Solution Center and IBM Business Partner located in Hamel, Minnesota, says, "The new Shark model 800 offers, in Shark tradition, significantly increased performance, functionality, and cost benefits over its predecessor and the competition. Evolving Solutions envisions considerable market opportunities with the Shark model 800 delivering a real value to customers in a highly competitive storage market. The value to our customers of seeing the product firsthand in our IBM TotalStorage™ Solution Center is that they can take advantage of Evolving Solutions' resources to validate solutions that will ensure performance and functionality objectives within their environment are met prior to making a product commitment. We are very excited about the opportunity to showcase the new Shark model 800 in our TotalStorage™ Solution Center and to achieve our primary goal…empowering our customers to make smart storage decisions."

Kent Winton, Director SSD Worldwide Channels says, "The investment that our TotalStorage™ Solution Center partners continue to make in emerging IBM technology such as the new Shark Model 800 truly differentiates them from the competition in this highly competitive enterprise storage marketplace. The versatility of resource and technical application expertise that Evolving Solutions brings to the table as a TSSC partner will allow them to offer immediate, creative solutions that will integrate the new ESS Model 800 into customer environments."

The Model 800 upgrade improves the efficiency, continuity and consolidation of customers' critical business processes. Designed to be the most versatile and cost-efficient storage server in its class, the Model 800 offers many new flexible features, including a "turbo" configuration that efficiently handles up to 150 percent more workload, an expanded 64 gigabyte (GB) internal cache, increased internal bandwidth, Redundant Array of Independent Disk (RAID) level-10 data mirroring and striping for performance in high demanding applications. The Model 800 will help increase storage administrator productivity, improve data availability and reduce total cost of ownership.

About Evolving Solutions, Inc.
Evolving Solutions, Inc. is an open systems technology integration and consulting firm based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota, serving regional as well as national clientele. As an IBM Business Partner and TotalStorage™ Solution Center, Evolving Solutions crafts business solutions for their customers utilizing storage and open systems hardware, software, consulting and integration services, education and training, and ongoing support. For more information about Evolving Solutions, please call 800-294-4362.

About IBM
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