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Separation Agreement - Storage Technology Corp. and Susan W. Bailey

December 11, 2000

Ms. Susan W. Bailey
5415 Preserve Drive
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80121


Dear Susan:

It is acknowledged that you will be involuntarily terminated from StorageTek
effective January 5, 2001 ("Termination Date"). This letter will confirm our
agreement concerning the termination of your employment with Storage Technology
Corporation ("StorageTek" or the "Company") as Corporate Vice President,
U.S./Canada Sales and Service of the Company. In that regard, this letter will
define the terms of your severance under this Separation Agreement (the
"Separation Agreement"). This Separation Agreement supersedes all previous oral
and written agreements regarding your employment with StorageTek, provided
however that the terms and conditions of your Corporate Officer Employment
Agreement dated October 8, 1999 (the "Employment Agreement"), to the degree that
they do not conflict with the terms and conditions of this Separation Agreement,
shall remain in full force and effect.

         SEPARATION BENEFITS: The Company will pay, within 30 days of the
         Termination Date, a separation payment equal to the amounts set forth
         in Sections 5(a) and 5(c) of the Employment Agreement, which amount is
         equal to $560,000.00 or (i) one year's base salary ($350,000.00), and
         (ii) one year's target MBO bonus for 2000 ($210,000.00). You will also
         receive an additional amount equal to $70,000.00 in recognition of and
         in full satisfaction for any amounts that you might otherwise have been
         entitled to receive based on your performance as it would have been
         measured against your personal 2000 MBO objectives. The Parties
         acknowledge and agree that 25% of the $70,000.00 severance payment is
         made solely in consideration of you executing and not revoking the ADEA
         Waiver and Release as set forth in Paragraph 2 of the form entitled
         "Settlement and Release" attached as Exhibit A to your Employment

         Your 500,000 stock options, vested and unvested, will vest immediately
         upon the Termination Date and on the Termination Date the Company's
         right of repurchase on all of your previously granted 7,500 shares of
         restricted stock will be void. Pursuant to the terms of StorageTek's
         Stock Option Plan, you will have ninety (90) days from the Termination
         Date to exercise these options.

         NON-SOLICITATION: Per the terms of Section 8 of your Employment
         Agreement, you confirm that during the two-year period commencing with
         the Termination Date, you will not, directly, or indirectly, hire,
         solicit, or encourage any then-current Company employees to apply for
         employment with any person or entity (a) with which you are (or intend
         to be) employed, (b) by whom you or an entity in which you are employed
         or have a financial interest is engaged as a consultant, recruiter,
         independent contractor or otherwise, or (c) in which you further
         covenant and agree that you will not provide to any other person or
         entity the names of or references on any person who is then employed by
         the Company.

         NON-COMPETE: Per the terms of Section 8 of your Employment Agreement,
         you confirm that for a period of one year from the Termination Date
         that you will not, either directly or indirectly, engage in any
         activity in competition with any product or service of the Company
         (said competitive activities to be determined and identified at the
         reasonable discretion of 


Susan W. Bailey
December 11, 2000
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         the Company), or harmful or contrary to the best interest of the
         Company, including accepting employment with or serving as a consultant
         to any entity that is in competition with the Company. In particular,
         you agree that competitor companies include, Advanced Digital
         Information Corporation, ATL/Quantum, EMC, Exabyte, Hewlett-Packard,
         IBM, Managed Storage International, Storage Networks Inc, and Sun
         Microsystems. With respect to IBM and Hewlett-Packard, if you were to
         seek employment with a non-storage related entity/division within IBM
         or Hewlett-Packard, then you may notify StorageTek, in writing, of your
         desire to become employed by such entity/division and StorageTek may at
         its reasonable discretion and notwithstanding the aforesaid provisions,
         grant you permission to seek employment with such entity/division, such
         permission not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

         reaffirm and agree to observe and abide by the terms of the StorageTek
         Proprietary Rights Agreement you signed and that said Proprietary
         Rights Agreement survives this Agreement, specifically including the
         provisions therein regarding nondisclosure of the Company's trade
         secrets and confidential and proprietary information related to
         inventions, and strategic planning, customers, financial projections,
         revenue projections, financing, staffing, operation and accounting
         information related to the Company's business.

         COMPANY RELEASE: The Company hereby irrevocably and unconditionally
         releases and discharges you and your heirs, successors, and assigns
         (separately and collectively, "releasees"), jointly and individually,
         from any and all claims, known or unknown, which it, its past and
         present subsidiaries, divisions, officers, directors, agents,
         employees, successors, and assigns have or may have against releasees
         and any and all liability which releasees may have to it, whether
         denominated claims, demands, causes of action, obligations, damages or
         liabilities arising from any and all bases, however denominated,
         provided, however, that this release does not affect any claims which
         are based on releasees' willful acts, gross negligence or dishonesty in
         the performance of duties as an employee of the Company, nor any claims
         which may arise after the execution of this Agreement. The Company
         further agrees that it will not file or permit to be filed on its
         behalf any claim against you which is released hereby.

         NO FUTURE LAWSUITS: You represent that you do not currently intend to
         bring any claims on behalf of yourself or on behalf of any other person
         or entity against the Company or any other person or entity referred to

         NON-DISCLOSURE: Unless otherwise required to do so by law, subpoena or
         court order, neither party will in any way communicate or discuss the
         terms of this Separation Agreement or the circumstances of your
         termination with any person, other than the party's attorneys and
         accountants. You understand that this nondisclosure provision applies
         particularly to current and former employees of the Company and the
         Company's customers, clients and vendors.

         NO ADVERSE COMMENT: You agree that during your employment with the
         Company through the Termination Date and for at least one year
         following the Termination Date, you will not, except as specifically
         required by law or court process or consented to in writing by the
         Company, (a) communicate to any person or entity any adverse
         information, written or oral, concerning the Company, its officers,
         directors, employees, attorneys, agents or advisers (including any
         communication concerning information that relates to the business,
         operations, prospects or affairs of the Company or any of its
         subsidiaries or affiliates) 


Susan W. Bailey
December 11, 2000
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         under the circumstances in which there is a reasonable possibility that
         such information might be publicly reported or disclosed or otherwise
         made available to third parties, or (b) provide to any person (other
         than your attorney or accountant) or entity any information that
         concerns or relates to the negotiations or circumstances leading to the
         execution of this Separation Agreement.

         NON-DISPARAGEMENT: You and the Company mutually agree that the terms of
         your termination of employment are amicable and mutually acceptable and
         each party agrees with the other that neither shall malign, defame,
         blame, or otherwise disparage the other, either publicly or privately
         regarding the past or future business or personal affairs of the
         Company or you, or any other officer, director or employee of the

This Separation Agreement shall be deemed for purposes of the Older Workers
Benefits Protection Act to have been delivered to you for your consideration on
December 11, 2000. You have twenty-one (21) days from that date to decide
whether or not to accept this agreement. If you accept this agreement, you will
then have seven days from the date you sign this agreement and deliver an
executed copy to the Company during seven day period you may revoke your
acceptance by notifying the Company in writing of your desire to do so. No
amounts otherwise due to you under this Separation Agreement will be paid to you
until the expiration of that seven day revocation period.

Please sign both copies of this letter below, and the attached Settlement and
Release, indicating your acceptance, and return one copy for our files.

Accepted and Agreed:                   Very truly yours,

                                       STORAGE TECHNOLOGY CORP.

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SUSAN W. BAILEY                        Patrick J. Martin
                                       Chairman, President and Chief Executive

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Date                                  Date


                                    EXHIBIT A

                             SETTLEMENT AND RELEASE

1.       In exchange for a separation payment in the amount of $350,000.00 in
         salary, bonus in the amount of $210,000.00 and additional compensation
         in the amount of $70,000 to Susan W. Bailey ("Employee"), by Storage
         Technology Corporation ("Company"), Employee hereby irrevocably and
         unconditionally releases and discharges the Company, its past and
         present subsidiaries, divisions, officers, directors, agents,
         employees, successors, and assigns (separately and collectively,
         "releasees") jointly and individually, from any and all claims, known
         or unknown, which she, her heirs, successors or assigns have or may
         have against releasees and any and all liability which releasees may
         have to her whether denominated claims, demands, causes of action,
         obligations, damages, or liabilities arising from any and all bases,
         however denominated, including but not limited to, any claims of
         discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"),
         the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the
         Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title
         VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 or
         any federal or state civil rights act, claims for wrongful discharge,
         breach of contract, or for damages under any other federal, state or
         local law, rule or regulation, or common law under any theory;
         provided, however, that this release does not affect (1) any claims for
         benefits which have vested or shall vest on or before the effective
         date of this Settlement and Release ("Release") under any of the
         Company's benefit plans; (2) any claims for indemnification for acts of
         Employee which have occurred or may occur as an officer or employee of
         the Company; or (3) any claims which may arise after the execution of
         this Release. This release specifically excepts any claim Employee may
         wish to make for unemployment compensation, and the Company agrees not
         to contest any claim made by Employee for unemployment compensation.
         This release is for any relief, no matter how denominated, including,
         but not limited to, back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, punitive
         damages, or damages for pain and suffering. Employee further agrees
         that she will not file or permit to be filed on her behalf any such
         claim, will not permit herself to be a member of any class seeking
         relief against the releasees and will not counsel or assist in the
         prosecution of claims against the releasees, whether those claims are
         on behalf of herself or others, unless she is under a court order to do

2.       Employee agrees that by signing this Release, she is giving up the
         right to sue for age discrimination, and that under this Release
         Employee shall receive consideration to which she is not otherwise
         entitled, and would not receive but for her release of rights under the
         ADEA. Employee has up to twenty-one (21) days after delivery of this
         Release to consider whether to sign this Release. Employee agrees that,
         after she has signed and delivered this Release to the Company, this
         Release will not be effective or enforceable until the end of a seven
         (7) day revocation period beginning the day after the Employee signs
         this Release, and that Employee will not receive the severance payment
         due under the Employment Agreement until this seven-day period has
         expired. During this seven-day period, Employee may revoke this
         Release, without reason and in her sole judgment, but she may do so
         only by delivering a written statement of revocation to the Company 


         to the attention of General Counsel. If the Company does not receive a
         written statement of revocation from Employee by the end of the
         revocation period, then this Release will become legally enforceable
         and Employee may not thereafter revoke this Release.

3.       Employee agrees that this Release shall be governed by federal law and
         the internal laws of the State of Colorado, irrespective of the choice
         of law rules of any state.


Employee's signature below acknowledges that she has read this document fully,
that she understands and agrees to its contents, that she understands that it is
a legally binding document, and that she has been advised to consult a lawyer of
her choosing before signing this Release, and has had the opportunity to do so.

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Date                                        SUSAN W. BAILEY

This Release presented to Employee on December 11, 2000.

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