SOURCE: BlackBall, Inc.

May 06, 2005 07:39 ET

BlackBall® Announces BlackMagic™ v4.0 Product Suite for Compliant, Unstructured Information Asset Management

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 6, 2005 -- BlackBall Inc., the leader in unstructured information asset management, today announced version 4.0 of BlackMagic Personal, Workgroup and Server Editions, and introduced BlackMagic v4.0 Enterprise Edition. Each version provides an integrated and scalable solution that utilizes BlackBall's patent-pending Rich Media File System (RMFS™). BlackMagic is a cost effective and secure way to store and find every version of unstructured files, including rich media files. Products will range in price from $99 to $20,000, and will be available in third quarter, 2005. It is also available now for OEMs.

BlackMagic v4.0 reduces the costs of managing and operating storage. It automates and reduces business processes cost, including escalation in compliancy spending. It is also designed to insure information security and visibility, automatic component discovery and integration, and provides enterprise-class manageability and integration.

"BlackMagic is about making it easy and affordable to find the right file, quickly," said Patricia Brown, president and COO, BlackBall Inc. "This new version combines features and functionality at price points that are amenable to businesses of all sizes. We've increased operational efficiencies by working within current work flow habits. BlackMagic 4.0 addresses document, content and storage management in an easy-to-use package."


BlackMagic utilizes patent-pending, powerful and flexible keyword searching for fast, accurate searches. The product automatically learns about your files as they are saved to local and network volumes, and allows users to add personalized descriptions to files to assist in recall. BlackMagic also features TimeTraveler™ file versioning, providing access to every file's version ever saved.

"As more consumers and enterprises digitize information and leverage it for revenue generation, or just personal use, access to that information becomes critical," said William Hurley, Senior Analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. "BlackBall has maintained a price-to-information-accessibility ratio that will appeal to all markets, regardless of size."

BlackMagic seamlessly integrates with existing platforms, tools, and networks. It extends the desktop, allowing continued use of existing content creation and manipulation tools. BlackMagic reduces both the cost of physical storage and the cost of managing storage, while eliminating the need to recreate prior work that cannot be found. It installs and deploys in under 5 minutes, requires no new application training and carries no database overhead, such as licenses, complex installation, or administrator.

BlackMagic works under Windows 2000 or better, Linux (Debian, Redhat, & SuSE), Mac OS X, HP-UX, AIX, and SUN Solaris. BlackMagic Personal is a desktop file management system for storing documents, MP3s, Photos, movies, etc., and retails for $99. BlackMagic Workgroup, $599, was designed to reside on a single user's PC in an environment where content needs to be shared within an organization. BlackMagic Server Edition includes a ten-user pack and sells for $1995, with increments available and culminating with an unlimited user license for $20,000. BlackMagic Enterprise Edition pricing is available upon request. BlackMagic v4.0 will be available in the third quarter of 2005.

About BlackBall, Inc.

BlackBall, Inc. is the leader of Unstructured Information Asset Management solutions. BlackMagic received the Best of Show award at Networld+Interop '04 for Network Application Software and is a Finalist for the Best of Show award at Networld+Interop '05 for Data Management and Compliance. BlackBall received a finalist award from Red Herring Magazine as a Top 100 Most Innovative Companies for 2005, and is a finalist for Top 100 Private Companies in North America 2005. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial version of SearchIn or BlackMagic, please contact BlackBall at sales@blackball.com, (877) 808-2288, or visit www.blackball.com.

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