December 21, 2000

BigStorage lands largest Linux storage deal

Author: JT Smith

San Francisco, CA, December 21, 2000 -- BigStorage Inc., the market leader in
open-systems storage, today announced its successful installation of 10TB of its iRAID and nearline data storage at, an e-commerce music company based in Redwood City, CA that specializes in the distribution of MP3 audio files over the World Wide Web. The installation is the largest successful Linux storage network to
date and sets a precedent for Linux's ability to power high-volume storage in an
enterprise environment.
"BigStorage's tech support and knowledge of Linux filesystems were awesome - far beyond
what we could have anticipated, especially given how affordable their hardware is,"
said Neil Overmon, Manager, Server Operations for EMusic. "This really proves the
potential of open systems technology for high-end storage." Sam Bogoch, CEO of
BigStorage, Inc., said, "EMusic really gave BigStorage the chance to show how effective
our iRAID technology can be. Since they deal with such a high volume of audio files,
EMusic needed storage that was not only high-capacity, but that could also sustain the
demands of constant file transfer and be configured to meet their specific archiving

In addition to its iRAID hardware, BigStorage Inc. implemented a backup software solution
to create a comprehensive storage system that would integrate with EMusic's existing
network. EMusic's complete iRAID and archiving system is backed by BigStorage's benchmark
24/7 LiveResponse customer support policy to guarantee optimal storage performance,
around-the-clock uptime, and failsafe protection of their storage investment.

About iRAID technology
iRAID is a revolutionary hardware product that brings the aggressive price performance
of UDMA drives to high-end storage capacities. With an UltraWide SCSI interface to the
host system, and eight UltraDMA hard-drive bays that offer up to 525G of usable storage
space, the iRAID is the leading choice for budget-conscious e-business customers who want
the reliability and performance of an external RAID subsystem at an affordable price. The
4U form factor of the iRAID makes it ideal for businesses that are rapidly adding to their
storage capacity within an existing industry-standard rack. To learn more about iRAID
technology, please download a PDF copy of our datasheet at
link About EMusic
Since it was founded in January 1998, EMusic (Nasdaq: EMUS) has established itself at the
forefront of how new music will be discovered, delivered and enjoyed in the next decade.
In addition to having the Internet's largest catalog of downloadable MP3 music available
for purchase, EMusic operates one of the Web's most popular families of music-oriented
Web sites including,,, and IUMA. The company
is based in Redwood City, California, with regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles,
New York and Nashville.

About BigStorage Inc.
Founded in 1999, BigStorage Inc. is the market leader in storage solutions for open-source
platforms. BigStorage offers an extensive product line, including IDE, SCSI and
FibreChannel RAIDs and nearline archiving and back-up technology. This complements
BigStorage's outstanding service, including LiveResponse 24/7 telephone support, onsite
support and a gateway to the Linux development community. Headquartered in San Francisco,
the privately held company has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, Denver,
New York, and Atlanta.
The company's homepage is
link Click here to download a PDF copy of this press release.-Huw Thornton

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