SOURCE: Data Domain

March 12, 2007 08:00 ET

Data Domain Named "Cool Vendor" by Leading Industry Analyst Firm

Vendors Selected for the Cool Vendor Report Are Innovative, Impactful, and Intriguing

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 12, 2007 -- Data Domain, a leading provider of Enterprise Protection Storage systems for disk backup and network-based disaster recovery, today announced that Gartner, a technology research and analyst firm, has named Data Domain to its "Cool Vendors in Storage Systems, 2007" list in its February 27, 2007 report "Cool Vendors in Storage Systems, 2007," by Pushan Rinnen, Roger Cox, Stanley Zaffos and Stewart Buchanan at Gartner, Inc.

This year's Cool Vendors report for storage systems focused on emerging technology for helping users cut storage management costs in the face of fast growth in storage capacity. The report notes that managing storage in a more-cost-effective way has become a burning question for businesses of all sizes and that data deduplication lowers acquisition and operating costs. Data Domain was highlighted by Gartner, which annually analyzes the individual most innovative vendors services and products in its Cool Vendor reports.

Frank Slootman, president and CEO for Data Domain, said, "Gartner is one of the most trusted analyst firms, especially by data center and large enterprise users. Most Data Domain customers already know that we're a company with some very cool products and technologies, but we believe being named to Gartner's 'Cool Vendors' list further underscores the point for IT users everywhere."

Data Domain's Enterprise Protection Storage systems free IT managers from the operational inefficiencies, risks and cost associated with tape backup. All Data Domain solutions leverage the company's advanced Global Compression™ deduplication technology to deliver cost-effective, network-efficient data protection using customers' existing enterprise backup software.

Recent accolades and awards for Data Domain include selection for Storage Magazine-SearchStorage.com's 2006 Storage Products of the Year, a 2007 "Hot Companies" Winner by Storage Products Guide, and "One of The Top Five Storage Developments in 2006" by eWEEK magazine.

For more information about Data Domain's Enterprise Protection Storage systems, please visit www.datadomain.com.

About Gartner's Cool Vendors Selection Process

Gartner's listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn't do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

About Data Domain

Data Domain is a leading provider of Enterprise Protection Storage systems for disk backup and network-based disaster recovery. Over 750 companies worldwide have purchased Data Domain's award-winning solutions to reduce backup costs and simplify their data recovery. Data Domain's Global Compression™, data invulnerability and replication technologies offer breakthrough data reduction rates that enable new efficiencies in enterprise data protection. Data Domain delivers the performance, reliability and scalability to address the data protection needs of enterprises of all sizes. Data Domain's products and solutions integrate into a customer's existing infrastructure and are compatible with leading enterprise backup software products. To find out more about Data Domain, visit www.datadomain.com. Data Domain is headquartered at 2300 Central Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95050 and can be contacted by phone at 1-866-933-3873 or by e-mail at sales@datadomain.com.

Note: Data Domain and Global Compression are registered trademarks of Data Domain, Inc. All other brands, products, service names, trademarks or registered service marks are used to identify the products or services of their respective owners.

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