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Digital Video Veteran Joins Leading Storage Area Networking Vendor

(Ithaca, NY – January 5, 1998) Pathlight Technology, the leading provider of storage area networking solutions based on serial technology, today announced that industry veteran Randy Hood has joined the company as CEO, effective immediately. Prior to joining Pathlight, Hood was a founder and President of ImMIX, which was acquired by Scitex in September, 1994. Hood also served as President of Scitex Digital Video, formed in September, 1995 after Scitex purchased Abekas Video Systems.

Hood became familiar with Pathlight while at Scitex Digital Video when the companies jointly developed the Storage Network Agent product for Scitex’s non-linear editing systems. SNA allows Sphere workstations to simultaneously handle media transfer and creative tasks without exiting the editing application or tying up the entire system. SNA received an "NAB ’97 Editors’ Choice" award from Videography and Television Broadcast magazines. "There’s a very important change going on in the video industry," states Hood. "How do you connect creative people to the media they are working on and how do you let them share it in a collaborative way? Pathlight is very well positioned to offer high value solutions in this area."

As CEO of Pathlight, Hood will work closely with the current executive team to expand the company’s presence and product offerings for networked storage. "BYTE Magazine recently referred to Storage Area Networking as one of the top 25 technologies to watch in 1998," explains Hood. "Last year, the Storage Industry Networking Association was formed and Pathlight was a founding member. We are right in the middle of this important new technology."

Although Pathlight has concentrated on providing SSA-based products to this point, Hood stresses that the company is committed to using whatever technology will best help its customers reach their goals. "We have to focus on a solution, not a technology," he says. "Many discussions about networking are limited to the interfaces, but there’s more to it than that."

During his time with ImMIX, Hood was often asked how they came up with the ideas for their early products. The answer, he says, was to look at how people wanted to get their work done. Today, Hood and Pathlight are looking at how video professionals want to share data and work collaboratively. The company will develop solutions based on the information that is gathered in this process. Hood is confident that "No matter what interface is required, no matter what operating platform, Pathlight will give its customers powerful, fast network and data sharing solutions."

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Pathlight Technology, Inc. is the leading provider of high performance workgroup solutions and a leading manufacturer of SSA products. The company is headquartered in Ithaca, New York. For more information, visit Pathlight on-line at or contact sales at (607) 266-4000.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Randy Hood is available for interviews that will allow you to create a custom story regarding his new position with Pathlight. To arrange an interview, please contact Sheldon Liebman at (505) 332-1281. We have also created a document with additional thoughts and comments from Randy Hood that can be incorporated into a longer story. To view that document, click here.

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