(October 4, 2000)
Milpitas, CA - DISC, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCSR), today announced
an agreement with Bell & Howell Imaging (NYSE: BHW), a leading provider
of information solutions and services to industries worldwide. Through
the relationship, Bell & Howell Imaging will OEM DISC's DVC Series
CD-ROM libraries. These libraries will be marketed to their existing client
base of banks, insurance companies and government agencies. The storage
units will initially be sold as stand-alone solutions and are expected
to be integrated into Bell & Howell's highly acclaimed image capture
and image systems offering in 2001.
Since its inception in 1998, Bell & Howell's imaging
business has experienced a rapid growth rate, making the company a forerunner
in complex and digital imaging conversions. Through the relationship with
DISC, Bell & Howell will begin integrating the DVC Series libraries
to provide customers with high-performance, fully customized solutions.
Under the agreement, Bell & Howell will also provide on-site service
and technical support for the libraries it delivers.
DISC's DVC Series combine fast read and write access
with optimum media handling to provide solutions for a wide range of data
capacity requirements. Each model can be configured to provide the optimum
balance between capacity, function, performance and cost and can be easily
integrated into common network environments.
The DVC Series features 100, 300, 400 and 600 disc units.
DVC libraries hold from one to 14 CD-ROM drives and can be configured
with both CD-ROM and CD-Recordable drives. Capacities for the DVC Series
range from 49 GBs to 393 GBs. The modular design of the DVC Series allows
users to upgrade of exchange drives for improved technologies.
"Bell & Howell is recognized worldwide as a
leading provider of imaging solutions that transform information into
electronic formats for better integration, storage and retrieval,"
said J. Richard Ellis, DISC President and CEO. "This agreement will
expand our reach in the imaging market while providing Bell & Howell
customers with a reliable, cost-effective storage solution to complement
the high-performance requirements of their imaging systems."
"The quality of products and the response times
offered by DISC are exceptional," said Don Deegan, President of Bell
& Howell Imaging. "We evaluated their solutions against two other
industry leaders and found that their entire line of libraries offer faster
access to nearline data, are more scalable and easily field upgradeable,
providing a unique level of customization for our clients."
About Bell & Howell
Bell & Howell Imaging Company, headquartered in Skokie, Illinois,
is a leading information solutions and services provider to industries
worldwide. In each of its businesses, the company transforms information
through products, systems, software and services, helping its customers
operate more efficiently and effectively.
For customers in paper-intensive industries, such as
financial, insurance, healthcare, legal services, transportation and government,
Bell & Howell is the leading global independent provider of imaging
support services for products, systems and software. A global network
of knowledgeable service technicians support all Bell & Howell products.
For more information on Bell & Howell call 877-BH3-IMAGE, or by visiting
their website at www.imagingexperts.com.
DISC, Inc. manufactures an extensive family of automated library solutions
for enterprise storage. DISC solutions are developed and produced at its
ISO 9001-certified headquarters in Milpitas, California. DISC enterprise
storage solutions range in capacity from 104GB to 5.4TB and are designed
for high performance and maximum reliability. Disc's sales offices are
located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Northern
California and London. DISC is traded over the NASDAQ stock exchange -
Symbol DCSR. Customers seeking more information on the company's products
can reach DISC by calling (800) 944-3472 or (408) 934-7000, or by accessing
Disc's homepage on the Internet at: http://www.disc-storage.com