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BakBone Forges OEM Agreement with DISC

(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 the server.

"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."

About DISC:

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 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

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, or access BakBone's web site at

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