(September 04, 2001)
SAN DIEGO, CA - BakBone Software (TSE: BKB, OTC: BKBOF), a global
provider of storage management software, announced today a strategic OEM
agreement with DISC, a manufacturer of automated solutions for enterprise
storage. The agreement enables DISC to distribute a private-labeled version
of BakBone's industry-leading MagnaVault software for UNIX-based
optical storage management, giving enterprise customers the ability to
rapidly archive and access documents and other images on optical disks,
including CDS, DVDs, and magneto-optical (MO) media.
"After carefully reviewing the market and extensive testing of competitive
nearline storage management software, BakBone's MagnaVault emerged as
the clear winner, an ideal fit for DISC's broad range of optical-based
storage automation and NAS products," said Bob Riland, Vice President
of Marketing and Sales at DISC, Inc.
MagnaVault version 2.2.6, released earlier this month, contains device
drivers, file systems and jukebox management software for a wide range
of optical libraries and drives running on Linux-based systems. An optical
library appears as a standard file system that is completely transparent
to existing applications, databases, and tools. Users can browse the contents
of the jukebox as if the files were on a hard drive, with MagnaVault transparently
scheduling and managing access to media in the jukebox.
MagnaVault's file systems are designed and optimized for removable optical
storage media. They support disk caching, while files and directories
are accessed transparently using standard system utilities and applications.
All file system data is contained on the optical media itself, which means
that the media is portable to other machines and platforms, and it ensures
that the data on the disk is intact in case of hard drive failures on
"BakBone's OEM business strategy is to partner with industry-leading
companies to provide added value and new distribution channels for MagnaVault,"
said Barry Mattingly, Senior Director of OEM Sales at BakBone. "DISC
is a recognized leader in optical storage automation and nearline storage
management solutions with a very impressive customer base, and we are
pleased that DISC has chosen MagnaVault to be an integral part of its
core technology offerings."
Established in 1986, DISC, Inc., a manufacturer of automated library solutions,
provides companies with storage devices that add capacity to networks
for a fraction of the total cost of RAID. DISC's storage solutions range
in capacity from 40 GB to 9.5 TB. Headquartered in Milpitas, CA, DISC,
Inc. can be found on the World Wide Web at www.disc-storage.com. Sales
and development offices are located in Northern California, Chicago, Boston,
Dallas, Tampa, New York, Washington D.C., Bingen, Germany, London and
Asia. In addition to these offices, the company also has authorized resellers,
distributors and service partners for sales of NearLine storage solutions
and local customer support in 40 countries. In North and South America,
DISC can be reached by calling (800) 944-3472 or (408) 934-7000. For all
other locations, please contact DISC at the European office at +49 (0)
6721.964.430. DISC can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About BakBone Software, Inc.
BakBone Software (TSE: BKB, OTC: BKBOF) is an international storage
management software company that develops and globally distributes high-performance
software solutions to the network storage and open systems markets. BakBone's
near-line archival and backup/restore software suites provide scalable
data protection from the workgroup to the enterprise. Founded in 2000,
BakBone Software's products are used by companies worldwide, and are distributed
through a network of OEMs and solution providers. BakBone's corporate
headquarters is located at 10145 Pacific Heights Boulevard, San Diego,
California 92121. Its stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and
is included on the TSE 300 Composite, S&P/TSE Canadian SmallCap and
TSE 200 indices. For more information on BakBone products, call (866)
484-2663, e-mail email@example.com, or access BakBone's web site at www.bakbone.com.
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