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BAKBONE SOFTWARE

June 07, 2005 08:31 ET

BakBone Launches Customized Data Protection Product Suite for Mac OS X Server v10.4 ``Tiger'' with Native Mac Interface

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New NetVault Products Deliver Enterprise-Class Functionality, Best-in-Class Disk-to-Disk Backup, and Full Scalability

BakBone Software (TSX:BKB)(Pink Sheets:BKBO), a global provider of data protection software, today announced a new suite of solutions customized for Mac OS X Server v10.4 "Tiger." Built on NetVault for Mac OS X, the product family offers server-level Mac OS X support along with a new native interface. The product suite also integrates three comprehensive backup and recovery solutions designed to help small- and medium-sized companies, data center users, and education and digital media departments address data protection challenges. The NetVault product suite is optimized for and fully interoperable with Apple's Xserve G5, Xserve RAID, and Xsan product lines.

"For more than a decade, NetVault has been deployed in high-performance, high-capacity, multi-terabyte, data-intensive environments, and reinforces our ability to offer Apple unparalleled support in meeting the data protection needs of its Mac OS X storage users," said Mark Milford, senior vice president of worldwide sales for BakBone Software. "We are pleased to align with Apple to deliver specific solutions that result in customer benefits like improved ROI, ease of use, and feature-rich functionality. Our introduction of the NetVault product suite gives Apple users an extra measure of data protection."

"The combination of Xserve G5, Xserve RAID, Xsan, and Tiger Server offers enterprise customers an unbeatable combination of price, performance, ease of use, and interoperability in heterogeneous environments," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We're excited that BakBone has advanced its NetVault product line to offer our enterprise customers a customized and complete backup and recovery solution."

"As traditional transactional computing models are giving way to search- and data-oriented computing paradigms, Apple has begun to emerge as a highly viable corporate market contender," said Peter Gerr, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "Apple is making significant inroads by focusing on interoperability and competitive pricing while working with market leaders like BakBone to address growing demands for data protection. As one of the few data protection vendors to offer enterprise server-level Mac OS X support, BakBone is very committed to reinforcing Apple's enterprise push with a full suite of enterprise-class backup and recovery solutions."

NetVault for Mac OS X Server with the native Mac interface offers a flexible array of configuration options to match a customer's unique mix of budget, feature, and service-level requirements. The interface streamlines the "look and feel" of NetVault to exactly resemble the liquid user interface Mac OS X customers have already embraced. NetVault for Mac OS X Server integrates easily with heterogeneous platforms and business-critical applications while delivering increased performance, operational scalability, proven reliability, and advanced data protection, and includes the following capabilities:

-- Backs up heterogeneous NetVault clients to Mac OS X Tiger Server. NetVault provides one simple, easy-to-use backup solution for users managing a Mac-only environment as well as complex, heterogeneous environments comprising Unix, Linux, and Windows platforms.

-- Manages high capacity and data-intensive applications such as digital audio and video editing using BakBone's Virtual Disk Library (VDL) disk-to-disk backup capabilities. This functionality allows a user to create a VDL inside a disk file system where NetVault backs up data to a virtual pool of tape storage. Regardless of whether a physical tape drive or tape library exists, VDL can operate as a standalone backup storage device, facilitating shorter backup windows while eliminating backup bottlenecks and minimizing SLA restore times. NetVault's VDL scales both in capacity and throughput to meet growing data volumes and high performance needs without traditional "forklift upgrades."

-- Scales storage environments by simply adding more NetVault clients to the network. NetVault accommodates increasing demands on network infrastructure and application-server performances by streamlining the addition of new clients, which can be introduced dynamically and seamlessly to the NetVault domain.

-- Provides full application support for Oracle RMAN 10g installed on Mac OS X Server. NetVault offers Application Plugin Modules (APMTM) to provide online support for critical database applications. Installed on the client, the APM communicates with these applications using a backup interface that is consistent with each application.

The NetVault for Mac OS X Server with native Mac interface support is slated for release in late summer. To learn more about BakBone and NetVault's enterprise-class data protection features, please visit BakBone's web site at http://www.bakbone.com/products/netvault_mac/ or contact applesales@bakbone.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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