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DISC Announces Support for Sony's 5.25-inch ``Ultra Density Optical'' Format
 
(March 19, 2001)

Milpitas, CA (March 19, 2001) – DISC®, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCSR), a leading manufacturer of nearline storage solutions, today announced plans to integrate Sony Corporation’s forthcoming Ultra Density Optical (UDO) format within its enterprise storage libraries, with product availability expected in the second half of 2002.

DISC plans to integrate the new generation drives, currently in development at Sony, into its nearline storage solutions. The initial 40 GB per cartridge capacity for the technology, achieved through the use of violet laser and advanced optics, will be available in both rewriteable and WORM (write once, read many) formats. Customers who currently own or plan to purchase DISC’s 5.25-inch optical libraries can take advantage of the increased storage capacity of the libraries when combined with the new UDO technology.

“Reliability, data availability and cost per megabyte are the driving factors when designing today’s storage systems,” said Bob Riland, VP, Marketing and Sales. “When Sony delivers on the promise of UDO Technology, DISC will be able to deliver nearline storage systems for as little as half a cent per megabyte. The UDO product road map will allow us to continue offering storage devices at a fraction of the cost of RAID.”


Automated storage systems from DISC are known for features such as random access, high data availability rate, quick transfer rates, large capacity and long-term reliability. The advent of UDO technology will allow DISC to continue to provide its current and future customers with leading edge storage solutions in both nearline and data archival environments.


About DISC:

Established in 1986, DISC, INC., a leading manufacturer of automated solutions for enterprise storage, provides companies with nearline storage devices that add capacity to networks for a fraction of the cost of RAID. DISC storage solutions range in capacity from 40 GB to 9.7 TB and are designed for high performance and maximum reliability. Headquartered in Milpitas, CA, DISC, Inc. can be found on the World Wide Web at www.disc-storage.com. Sales and engineering offices are located in Northern California, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Phoenix, Washington D.C. and the United Kingdom and can be reached by calling (800) 944-3472 or (408) 934-7000 or by e-mail at sales@disc-storage.com.

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Statements made in this news release are forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward looking statements include statements relating to our product leadership, the integration of our products with Sony Corporation’s products, the potential market for our products, improving sales and marketing efforts, our ability to offer products that serve the nearline and data archival storage marketplace new business development and obtaining new accounts, rapid growth of the storage market and increasing market share. As discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 1999 and the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the first, second and third quarters of fiscal 2000, the Company’s future operating results are uncertain and may be impacted by the following risks and uncertainties, among others: market acceptance of our products, our ability to keep pace with technological innovation and competitive developments, our ability to respond to changes in the data storage market, our ability to raise future capital which we anticipate will be required to finance our operations, the loss of key personnel, our history of losses, the loss of customers or distributors and increased competition and pricing pressure.

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