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BakBone Alligns With Sun on New NAS Offering
BakBone's NetVault Reduces Cost and Complexity of NAS Backup and Recovery to Meet the Needs of Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

SAN DIEGO, Oct 5, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Further building the Company's strength in Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions, BakBone Software(TM) (TSX: BKB, OTC Bulletin Board: BKBOF), a global provider of data protection software, today announced that NetVault's high performance NDMP data protection software is certified by BakBone to support the Sun StorEdge 5210 NAS device.

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BakBone also announced today that NetVault has successfully completed testing as part of the Sun iForce Partner Program, which delivers proven solutions that provide enhanced data availability while reducing cost and time to market for Sun customers and partners.

This announcement marks the first phase in an ongoing collaboration between the two companies. With technological cooperation ranging from storage solutions for Sun's Opteron-based server line with support for Solaris X86 and application level support for Oracle 10g, SAP R3, DB2 and MySQL, BakBone provides seamless and heterogeneous data protection for networks deploying Sun architecture.

"Small businesses are continually looking for affordable ways to improve the protection of their valuable data assets while simplifying storage management," said Adrian Jones, senior vice president, worldwide OEMs and alliances group, BakBone Software. "The combination of BakBone's NetVault software and the Sun StorEdge 5210 NAS device enables them to do just that -- enhance backup performance and data availability with NetVault while leveraging existing storage investments with Sun's heterogeneous file server."

"With the launch of the SE5210 NAS device, Sun continues to build on its commitment to bringing customers end-to-end network storage solutions that reduce cost and complexity and simplify users' IT environments," said Tim Palowski, general manager, network storage group, Sun. "We are pleased that solution providers such as BakBone continue to support Sun's NAS offerings helping to deliver solutions that protect our customers' data and keep their businesses up and running."

Designed to provide entry-level departments, workgroups, and distributed enterprises advanced features for backup and recovery, NetVault's broad tape library support enables the seamless integration of data protection services for the Sun StorEdge NAS device into a user's existing network storage environment. Highly scalable, NetVault is easy to use and rapid to deploy while offering significant flexibility by supporting all NDMP backup configurations. These include local backup when a tape device is attached directly to the NAS, remote backup allowing backup data to be directed to devices attached on open systems clients, and three-way backup with devices attached to remote NAS filers. In addition, NetVault's robust NDMP support allows tape devices to be shared between multiple NAS filers and/or open system machines, providing investment protection by extending a customer's utilization of existing tape infrastructure.

NetVault users gain significant performance benefits that can be relied upon to speed data recovery. Thanks to NetVault's automated installation and device configuration features, NetVault can be installed and fully running in a matter of hours, virtually eliminating the associated labor costs of competitive backup solutions which can take days to implement.

The Sun StorEdge 5210 NAS is a heterogeneous storage device that provides simple manageability, quick deployment, seamless integration, and flexible, policy-based data services. The easy-to-use appliance is purpose-built for simple operation, and can be typically set up in less than 15 minutes, thanks to its intuitive and easy-to-use installation wizard. The Sun StorEdge 5210 NAS integrates seamlessly with UNIX and Microsoft Windows environments, making it easy to share data across heterogeneous platforms, and its policy-based data services, including integrated file management and SNAP/point-in-time copy, protecting data and keeping businesses running.

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 info@bakbone.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, which, if they do not materialize or prove correct, could cause BakBone's results to differ materially from historical results, or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties may include, but are not limited to, competition in our target markets; potential capital needs; management of future growth and expansion; risk of third-party claims of infringement; protection of proprietary information, customer acceptance of the company's products and fee structures; the success of BakBone's brand development efforts; risks associated with strategic alliances; reliance on distribution channels; product concentration; need to develop new and enhanced products; potential product defects; our ability to hire and retain qualified employees and key management personnel; and risks associated with changes in domestic and international market conditions and the entry into and development of international markets for the company's products. Our forward-looking statements should be considered in the context of these and other risk factors disclosed in our most recent report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which may be found at www.sec.gov, as well as those risk factors disclosed in the current report filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All future written and oral forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf are also subject to these factors. BakBone assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which it was made.

BakBone, BakBone Software, NetVault, Application Plugin Module, APM and the BakBone logo are all trademarks or registered trademarks of BakBone Software, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. All other brands, products or service names are or may be trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of, and used to identify, products or services of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact: Dani Kenison of BakBone Software, Inc., +1-858-795-7584, dani.kenison@bakbone.com

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Dani Kenison of BakBone Software, Inc., +1-858-795-7584, dani.kenison@bakbone.com
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