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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2005-- Complementary Offering Delivers CVS Pharmacy Advanced Backup and Recovery, High Performance and Compelling Value as Part of 'Total' Storage Solution
BakBone Software(TM) (TSX:BKB) (Pink Sheets:BKBO) and Exabyte Corp. (OTCBB:EXBT) today announced a partnership to cooperatively develop and deliver integrated storage data protection solutions to Apple customers through joint sales and marketing, product qualification and technical support. Designed to support Apple's Mac OS X operating system, including the newly released version, Tiger, the new range of "total" storage solutions will help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), data centers as well as education and digital media departments address the challenges of data protection in Mac OS X environments.
"We are enthusiastic about our partnership with Exabyte, which is in direct response to customer demand for affordable, full, enterprise-class data protection solutions for Mac OS X," said Jim Johnson, president and CEO, BakBone Software. "We continue to work hard to identify strategic partner solutions that meet Apple users' enterprise storage needs. By combining our offerings with other complementary robust offerings, we can boost our customers' ability to gain greater performance and value from their storage infrastructures."
"As Apple continues to build momentum in the enterprise, end users are demanding enterprise storage backup solutions that combine outstanding performance and ease-of-use at an affordable price," said Tom Ward, president and CEO, Exabyte. "The sheer volume of storage behind Mac platforms is growing. We are confident that BakBone's enterprise-class NetVault and Exabyte's high-performance tape storage products together offer our respective Apple customers an exceptional choice for storage data protection and support solutions."
Building on both companies' commitment to supporting Apple's move into the enterprise, the collaboration has resulted in first-of-its-kind enterprise-class storage solutions for Mac OS X -- unique configurations of high-performance storage software and hardware that are low-cost and rapidly deployable. In addition, the combined efforts of BakBone and Exabyte ideally complement Apple's Xserve, Xserve RAID and Xsan server and storage offerings. For the first time, Apple users can take advantage of enterprise-class features previously not available including application support such as Oracle 10g, features such as Policy Management, advanced disk-to-disk (D2D) capabilities and support for SAN infrastructures.
At CVS Pharmacy, NetVault backup and recovery software along with Exabyte storage libraries support a storage surge while protecting vital advertising and marketing data. With responsibility for the development of all creative materials including ad copy, circular information, point-of-purchase and marketing collateral for more than 5,000 stores in 36 states, Rick Coleman, production and technical manager of CVS Pharmacy, relies on BakBone's NetVault and Exabyte tape libraries for his storage data protection needs.
"The ability to backup and restore huge volumes of critical multi-media and design data with speed and accuracy is critical for our business," Coleman said. "Using an enterprise-class backup solution such as BakBone's NetVault managing Exabyte storage libraries running on Mac OS X provides us with better value and, in comparison to other products on the market today, has proven to be significantly easier and more flexible to use. Delivering the enterprise-level capabilities that we need to manage our environment, the combination gives us better assurance of getting mission-critical data back quickly and the confidence that our storage backup needs can scale as our data demands grow."
Tailored for highly data intensive applications, the NetVault data protection solution suite is fully certified across all Exabyte tape libraries and optimized to run on the Mac OS X platform. The strategic collaboration also extends to joint go-to-market activities, combining worldwide field sales and engineer training with sales and marketing support programs. The result will enable channel partners to generate customer leads and more effectively deliver the BakBone/Exabyte storage backup solutions to the Apple market.
The BakBone/Exabyte storage backup configurations are available now. For more information on the Apple BakBone reseller partner nearest you or to purchase the integrated data protection solutions, please visit BakBone's website at www.bakbone.com/products/how_to_buy/ or Exabyte's website at www.exabyte.com.
About Exabyte Corporation
Exabyte Corporation (OTCBB:EXBT), now in its 20th year, is a recognized pioneer and leading innovator in tape storage. Its heritage comprises an impressive list of industry "firsts," including the first manufacturer of tape drives to break the 1, 2, and 5 GB capacity barriers; the first to introduce 8mm, native Fibre Channel, and FireWire tape drives and libraries; and the first and only manufacturer to offer VXA Packet Technology, which enables its VXA Packet drives, autoloaders and tapes to read and write data in packets like the Internet, allowing far superior restore integrity, exceptional transfer speeds and scalable tape capacities. With award-winning VXA Packet Technology, patented ExaBotics(TM) and its innovative engineering approach, Exabyte delivers new VXA(TM) and LTO(TM) (Ultrium(TM)) products that consistently raise the bar for industry standards in engineering, quality and data reliability. The company's product suite is ideally suited for SMB and departmental servers, workstations, LANs, and SANs, providing dramatically higher capacity, speed and reliability at competitive prices. Exabyte has a worldwide network of OEMs, distributors and resellers that share the company's commitment to innovation and customer service, including IBM, HP, Fujitsu Siemens, Apple, Imation, Bull, Toshiba, Logitec, Kontron, Tech Data, Ingram Micro, CDW, Condre, and Arrow Electronics. For additional information, call 1-800-EXABYTE or visit www.exabyte.com. For investor relations inquiries, contact email@example.com.
About BakBone Software, Inc.
BakBone Software is a leading international data protection solution provider that develops and distributes data backup, restore, and disaster recovery software for network storage and open-systems environments. BakBone delivers scalable solutions that address the complex demands of large enterprise environments, as well as small to medium size businesses. Founded in 2000, BakBone products are used by Fortune 1000 corporations and domestic and international government entities. Distributed through a select global network of OEM partners, resellers and solution providers, interested companies can learn more information about BakBone's products and services at www.bakbone.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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