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Exabyte Corporation

May 03, 2005 08:31 ET

BakBone and Exabyte Team to Bring Enterprise-Class Storage Data Protection Features to Mac OS X Environments



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OTC Bulletin Board SYMBOL: EXBT

MAY 3, 2005 - 08:31 ET

BakBone and Exabyte Team to Bring Enterprise-Class
Storage Data Protection Features to Mac OS X

SAN DIEGO--(CCNMatthews - 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™ (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

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 or Exabyte's
website at

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™ and its innovative engineering approach, Exabyte delivers
new VXA™ and LTO™ (Ultrium™) 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 For investor relations inquiries, contact

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 or

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distribution channels; product concentration; need to develop new and
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