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Database Excelleration Systems Appoints New President and CEO

Former Storage Dimensions Founder Gene Bowles To Lead DES

Santa Clara, Calif. -- January 20, 1998 -- Database Excelleration Systems, Inc. (DES), the leading provider of intelligent Solid-State Disk (SSD) systems for client/server database applications, announced today the appointment of Gene E. Bowles, an industry veteran with more than 16 years of management experience in the computer storage industry, to the posts of president, chief executive officer and member of the board, effective immediately.

Bowles joins DES from Storage Dimensions, Inc., the leading independent supplier of high-availability RAID storage for open systems and client/server applications. Bowles co-founded Storage Dimensions in 1985 and last served as executive vice president in charge of marketing, corporate communications and customer service, as well as serving as a member of the board of directors and corporate secretary. During his tenure at Storage Dimensions, Bowles was the principal architect of its product marketing strategies, which helped the company forge its leadership position in the Windows NT and NetWare server storage market.

Prior to co-founding Storage Dimensions, Bowles held executive and management positions in marketing, business planning, finance and operations at Atasi Corporation, a manufacturer of disk drives; National Micronetics, a supplier of Winchester recording heads, Caterpillar and Texas Instruments. In addition, he has served as a member of the board of directors of Maxoptix Corporation, a manufacturer of high-performance optical storage devices, and sat on the advisory board to the board of directors of Qualix Corporation, a publisher and distributor of UNIX client/server software.

Wade Tuma, DES’ founder, remains with the company as chairman of the board and chief technology officer (CTO). "The addition of Gene Bowles to head DES is a major coup for the company," said Tuma. "His breadth of sales and marketing experience in client/server storage systems will greatly benefit DES as we strategically expand our business into the mainstream UNIX and NT database markets."

About DES Database Excellerators

DES Intelligent Solid-State Disk (SSD) systems couple DES’ patented DirectAddressing™ firmware with solid state memory to deliver industry leading access times (18usec) and I/O rates (>10,000 I/Os per second). DES intelligent SSD systems are 100% non-volatile because they have integrated a patented "smart" backup technology which combines an integrated battery, imbedded magnetic disk and control logic firmware to safely manage data during system shutdowns and power outages. Sophisticated ECC firmware coupled with mil-spec components lead to reliability that exceeds 1 million hours in actual field use.

About Database Excelleration Systems, Inc.

Database Excelleration Systems, based in Santa Clara, California, is the leading manufacturer of intelligent Solid-State Disk (SSD) systems for the UNIX & NT marketplace. The company was incorporated in 1993 with the mission to design, manufacture, and, DES holds a number of patents surrounding SSD technology that enables ultra fast access, non- market SSD based products that would bring mainframe level performance to the client/server market. As a result of these design efforts volatility and industry leading reliability. The Database Excellerator product family is resold and supported by the leading vendor in the market, Hewlett Packard. Additional channels of distribution include direct sales and selected VARs/system integrators. Information on Database Excelleration Systems products and services may be obtained by e-mailing requests to or by accessing the DES World Wide Web site:

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