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For Immediate Release. July 28, 1999

Penguin Computing to Offer Full Line of Ecrix VXA-1 Tape Drives in its High End Linux Servers

San Francisco, CA: Penguin Computing announced today that it will become the first Linux company to offer a full line of computers backed up by the new Ecrix VXA-1 tape drives.

"The new VXA-1 should be the default tape drive for high reliability servers and we are extremely proud to be the first system builder in the nation to fully integrate them in our high-end line," said Sam Ockman, President of the fast-growing San Francisco Linux solutions and hardware company.

According to Ockman, "We want to build the most reliable servers in the world. So, we take the most reliable operating system in the world and select hardware to support it. We have redundant hard drives, RAID for speed and reliability, hot swappable hard drives and power supplies in case one fails, innovative hot swappable cooling systems to maximize system life and now the most efficient tape drives in the world."

The VXA-1 tape drives have a 66 gigabyte capacity, can process 6 megabytes per second and are included in Penguin Computing systems for $1295. VXA-1 represents a new category in the tape storage market, emphasizing the ability to restore data.  VXA-1 offers data packetization and eliminates the constraints of conventional streaming tape drives. According to Allison Huynh, Penguin Computing's Vice President, "These tape drives will fit well with the Linux community. Most of our current and potential customers are extremely concerned with reliability and are both sophisticated and price sensitive."

Penguin Computing is one of the world's largest and fastest growing companies selling Linux hardware and offering complete Linux solutions. Penguin Computing provides customized machines and offers support in 16 languages from 9am-5pm.

For more information, please contact Andy Kaufman, / 1-888-PENGUIN/ (415) 559-1466 or Nick Thompson, (415) 559-1632. More detailed information about VXA-1 technology is available at Please visit Penguin Computing's website at Journalists are also encouraged to visit for information on the company and the Linux movement.