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Ideas International selected as preferred analyst for US-based Storage Performance Council (SPC)

New SPC-1 industry standard storage benchmark evaluated

SYDNEY, 4 December 2001 – Australian-based global IT research company, Ideas International Limited (ASX:IDE), has been selected as one of two preferred analysts for the US Storage Performance Council as it releases its SPC-1 benchmark test today – the first industry standard benchmark for enterprise storage systems.

As a member of the Storage Performance Council for more than two years, Ideas International participated in the establishment of the vendor-neutral benchmark, which facilitates a more accurate comparison of the performance of storage solutions.

Chief Operating Officer of Ideas International, Ian Birks, said the storage market has for many years been in need of a standardised and audited performance metric:

"The SPC-1 storage benchmark is a major industry contribution for providers and buyers of storage networking technology. It is characterised predominantly as a random access environment for server-class computer systems and is modelled on the most ubiquitous applications in the market today – web servers, database servers and email servers," Mr Birks said.

Ideas International's Principal Worldwide Storage Analyst, Chris Ober, said: "As a leading provider of comparative hardware data, we are very excited about the clearly applicable vendor-neutral comparison process the SPC-1 benchmark offers storage buyers.We are pleased to have been a part of the process of the establishment of this benchmark test."

Looking forward, Mr Ober added, "It will be an interesting time ahead for the storage community, given the degree of change currently occurring in the industry. In light of this environment, the SPC has also created a working group to begin the development of a benchmark suited for Network Attached Storage (NAS) subsystems."

The SPC has formed a strategic alliance with Ideas International, and has announced it as one of two worldwide preferred analysts for the organisation, together with The Evaluator Group. This vendor-neutral evaluation and analysis is designed to pave the way for end-users, resellers and integrators to rapidly and confidently adopt SPC-1 as the standard for comparing storage solutions.

Ideas International has been a supporting member of the Storage Performance Council for more than two years, in association with other storage industry leaders such as Adaptec, Compaq, Dell, Hitachi, IBM, LSI Logic Storage Systems, NEC, Sun MicroSystems, Unisys and VERITAS Software.

The SPC membership reinforces Ideas International’s totally independent position on IT products and services analysis, working for the storage market in a similar way to the role that the company plays for server market by its contribution to, and membership, of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC).

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About Ideas International

Ideas International is the leading provider of competitive product and pricing data to information technology (IT) vendors and purchasers worldwide. The company derives 99 per cent of its revenue from outside Australia, selling its data to eight of the top ten US vendors of computer systems and storage equipment, among other clients. IDEAS research covers comparative information on computer systems, workstations, laptop systems, personal digital assistants (PDAs), storage devices, service and warranty information, cost of ownership, networking, and imaging products. Its knowledge base contains details on more than 400,000 IT products spanning 50 currencies, researched over 14 years. The company has offices in Sydney, Denver (Colorado, USA) and Oxfordshire (England). The Chairman of IDEAS is Mr Len Rust, former IDC Asia Pacific Vice President. Former Telstra Group Managing Director, Mr Lindsay Yelland, is a Non-Executive Director.

About the Storage Performance Council

The SPC is the only industry standards organisation that defines and promotes storage benchmarks as well as disseminates objective, relevant and verifiable performance data and related test tools to the computer industry and its customers. Its members include Adaptec, Compaq, Dell, The Evaluator Group, Hitachi, IBM, Ideas International, LSI Logic Storage Systems, NEC, Sun MicroSystems, Unisys and VERITAS Software. The Storage Performance Council's strategic objectives are to empower storage vendors to build better products as well as to stimulate the IT community to more rapidly trust and deploy multi-vendor storage technology.

For further information, please contact:

Melinda Apps, Professional Public Relations,
Tel: + 61 (0) 2 9818 0950 or + 61 (0) 405 139 558
Email: mapps@ppr.com.au