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August 09, 2005 08:30 ET

BakBone and BroadWare Unveil First Integrated Digital Video Surveillance and Real-Time Data Recovery System for Linux

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Converging Security and Storage Technologies Leverage Ip Infrastructures and Open Systems to Increase Speed and Efficiency of Point-in-Time Data Restores While Mitigating Security Risks

BakBone Software™ (TSX:BKB)(Pink Sheets:BKBO), a global provider of data protection software, and BroadWare Technologies, Inc., the leader in distributed video surveillance, have teamed to deliver the first integrated video surveillance and data recovery system for expediting the real-time recovery of digital security camera streaming video. Built on Linux, this unique turnkey surveillance and storage solution drives the availability of powerful yet economical video surveillance technologies over IP networks. In addition, it leverages disk-based data protection, reducing security breaches, and can quickly identify potential threats.

Following the recent terror attacks in London and elevated security concerns on all U.S. domestic public transit systems, pressure is building to address the increasingly critical need to capture, distribute, store and recover real-time video surveillance data. Traditional surveillance systems have been limited to closed-circuit television monitoring, manual security observation, and proprietary and costly VCR- and DVR-based solutions. BakBone and BroadWare have combined converging IP-based digital video surveillance, commodity architecture and networked storage technologies to lower barriers to entry and enable more widespread adoption of cost-effective, scalable video surveillance capabilities based on open platforms and standards.

"As organizations increasingly assign more critical tasks to Linux for cost and performance benefits, industry leaders are joining forces to deliver open source-based, business-critical applications such as this hybrid solution, which is accelerating mainstream adoption of Linux," explained Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst of The Taneja Group. "BakBone and BroadWare have collaborated to build a best-of-class, Linux-based storage and video surveillance system that will enable companies to respond more effectively, investigate more thoroughly and recover more rapidly from security threats and/or actual events."

This integrated video surveillance and data recovery system blends the BroadWare Media Platform (BMP) with BakBone's NetVault Virtual Disk Library (VDL) backup software for rapid, disk-based recovery of archived video surveillance footage. The ability to conduct near-instantaneous data restores is a dramatic improvement over the lengthy time lags associated with sequential tape access and recovery. In addition, companies can realize the economies of scale associated with Linux-based solutions without compromising their core IT requirements, translating to efficiency gains, better service levels and lower infrastructure costs.

"IP-based digital video surveillance integrated with highly scalable and cost-effective storage solutions with co-requisite robust disk-based backup will ease some of the challenges of security breaches and threats throughout the transportation industry," said Robert Kusche, eServer Solutions Architect for rs-unix. "The combination of rs-unix's IBM and open systems expertise and best-in-class technology from BakBone and BroadWare allows us to offer customers one fully integrated solution that leverages traditionally separate areas of technology expertise. With this unique turnkey surveillance and storage solution, end users can now enjoy the economies of scale afforded to them by convergence in the IT storage sector while adding a critical security application to their environment."

Many of the major modes of public transportation, including airports, rail and subway systems, buses, road transit authorities, and ports, have been slow to employ digital video surveillance systems because of price and complexity. Transportation is one of many industries with a critical need for this integrated approach to security and data recovery.

"BakBone and BroadWare are offering our mutual customers a fully integrated system that combines off-the-shelf video surveillance and storage components with affordable, open commodity hardware to streamline deployment," said Matt Graham, vice president of professional services for BroadWare Technologies. "This approach offers integrators and security-conscious commercial, government and military organizations the ability to easily integrate their choice of technologies in designing complete surveillance systems that evolve and scale as new technologies are introduced."

According to Mark Milford, senior vice president of worldwide sales for BakBone Software, the easy-to-deploy and fully integrated system leverages each company's Linux leadership and technology strengths. "As the standard for Linux data protection, BakBone is proud to partner with BroadWare, also well-known for its commitment to open-systems development, in bringing this extremely useful, cost-effective and wide-ranging application to market. BakBone's ability to speed the recovery of data using advanced disk-based backup technology that allows point-in-time access to video images can mean the difference between identifying whether a threat is real or not, and then in real-time containing or responding to that threat."

The combined solution not only accelerates access to data but enables companies to consolidate multiple video feeds onto one recording device while seamlessly scaling to provision new servers on the network, as well as manage tens to thousands of cameras.

Pricing and Availability

Available now, the Integrated Video Surveillance and Data Recovery system will be sold through rs-unix, a joint BakBone-BroadWare channel partner. The entry level solution from rs-unix includes IBM xSeries x346 server with BroadWare 4-camera setup and Media Platform and BakBone NetVault WorkGroup Server for Linux. Pricing for the entry-level solution starts at $22,000. For more information on rs-unix or to purchase the system, please visit www.rs-unix.com or call 415-397-9501 for a free consultation, today.

LinuxWorld Demonstration

Ongoing demonstrations of this hybrid solution will take place during LinuxWorld (August 9-11) at the BakBone booth (no. 231) and IBM/rs-unix booth (no. 610). The live demonstration will showcase the BroadWare Media Platform video surveillance system running BakBone's NetVault Client installed on an IBM xSeries platform and using Linux server management and software automation tools from Aduva. Streaming video with real-time recovery will also be demonstrated on an IBM system backed up to a NetVault server running IBM OpenPower with Red Hat Enterprise Linux using NetVault Virtual Disk Library (VDL) software to achieve disk-based data protection.

About BroadWare Technologies, Inc.

BroadWare Technologies is the industry pioneer in enabling distribution, viewing, storage and management of real-time video in a networked environment. BroadWare Media Server provides a highly scalable server platform for deploying distributed video surveillance systems for defense, homeland security, transportation and law enforcement applications. Partners include Boeing, EMC and Northrop Grumman. Customers include Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq, NASA, Siemens Corp., Delaware Department of Transportation, and multiple U.S. government agencies and military branches. For more information, please visit www.broadware.com.

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 www.bakbone.com or email info@bakbone.com.

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