SOURCE: BlackBall, Inc.

January 30, 2006 08:56 ET

BlackBall Becomes Member of Intel Storage Community

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2006 -- BlackBall, Inc., a leading provider of unstructured data management software, today announced it has joined the Intel® Storage Community (ISC). Through its membership in the ISC, BlackBall has early involvement with new Intel roadmaps for expedient product delivery and participates in community design of new storage solutions.

"BlackBall has a strong commitment to providing leading-edge, standards-based solutions in the storage market," said Patricia Brown, President and Chief Operating Officer of BlackBall. "We prove this by the investments we make in next generation platforms, resulting in SearchIn™ NAS Edition that is built on Foundation™. Our participation in the Intel Storage Community will result in better solutions released in a more timely fashion. We welcome the opportunity and look forward to working with these program leaders."

As storage costs decline, Network Area Storage (NAS) is becoming increasingly common. As more complex file types are being stored, it's becoming more difficult to find what is needed. BlackBall's SearchIn is a search and storage resource management solution that combines a patent-pending keyword indexing methodology with real-time indexing technology. The product provides fast, accurate searches and is ideal for embedded devices, such as NAS storage.

This system-level software automatically indexes files as they are saved to NAS network volumes, enhancing system performance and search accuracy. The search index addresses the complexity of rich media files by understanding their specific metadata structures and allows search queries to be narrowed to specific metadata fields. The solution offers complete security integration and supports hundreds of asset formats, such as PDF, MS Office, and TIFF Images files, as well as MP3 music files, JPG digital photo files, and WMV movie files.

"It is important to have leading software providers such as BlackBall as part of the Intel Storage Community," said Mike Wall, General Manager Intel Storage Group Marketing. "By working closely with a broad community of storage solution providers to develop products and services aligned with the latest Intel silicon roadmaps, Blackball plays an important role in accelerating the deployment of innovative storage solutions."

BlackBall's SearchIn NAS Edition software runs on ApplianceWare's NAS Operating System on top of Intel's XScale processor technology. The NAS Edition seamlessly integrates with other Editions in the SearchIn product line, including SearchIn Server Edition for 32-bit Windows Server Operating Systems, RedHat, Debian, and SuSE Linux, Sun Solaris and Mac OS X. SearchIn Server Agents are also supported for the NAS Edition and can be embedded into NAS storage and provide search support for the above operating systems plus HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Novell NetWare. SearchIn is available as a free trial download at www.blackball.us.

The Intel Storage Community is an organization of storage developers and solution providers committed to the development of innovative standards-based storage solutions that are based on the latest Intel technologies and building blocks. To learn more, please visit: http://www.intel.com/design/network/Intel Storage Community/index.htm.

About BlackBall, Inc.

BlackBall, Inc., located in San Diego, California, leads the industry in unstructured information asset management solutions. BlackBall has received awards from Interop and Red Herring Magazine, and was named among the Top 100 Private Companies in North America for 2005. For more information, or to download a free 30-day trail version of SearchIn, please contact BlackBall at sales@blackball.us, (877) 808-2288, or visit www.blackball.us.

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