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June 01, 2005 08:31 ET

Las Vegas Review Journal Hits the Jackpot with NetVault for MAC, Protecting Critical Apple-Based Publishing System

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Multimedia Conglomerate Achieves Rapid Disk-Based Backup and Recovery, Improved Disaster Recovery and Streamlined Remote Management of Vital Publishing Information

BakBone Software™ (TSX:BKB)(Pink Sheets:BKBO), a global provider of data protection software, today announced that the Las Vegas Review Journal has dramatically accelerated its backup and recovery of vital publishing data while taking advantage of enterprise-class data protection features after switching from EMC Dantz Retrospect to BakBone's NetVault for Mac OS X.

Las Vegas Review Journal migrated to NetVault during a company-wide upgrade to Mac OS X, which involved replacing older Mac OS 9 workstations and servers in a heterogeneous environment, comprising approximately 24 Apple servers, 56 Windows and UNIX servers, 1,600 network users and six terabytes of crucial Apple-based editorial, advertising and circulation data. The centralized IT team at the Las Vegas Review Journal was eager to leverage the greater functionality of Mac OS X and streamline the administration of Apple's Xserve line of server hardware, as well as bolster overall backup and recovery efforts.

According to Steven Olson, infrastructure manager for the Las Vegas Review Journal, increasing concern over the viability of remote nightly backups and the inability to back up certain files at different times prompted the team to explore other options. "We took a look at our overall business continuity plan to determine how things were -- and weren't -- working in the field," he said. "Retrospect's driver and tape library wasn't complete and it lacked the flexibility we needed to support our evolving Mac OS X environment."

Las Vegas Review Journal also briefly considered using EMC Legato Networker or Computer Associates' BrightStor ArcServe Backup, but neither provided adequate Mac OS X support. In the final analysis, only NetVault provided the complete Apple compatibility and increased functionality the Las Vegas Review Journal required to protect its mission-critical environment.

"NetVault for Mac OS X gives us a winning combination of features and flexibility to elevate disaster recovery without adding undue cost or complexity," added Olson. "The software is ideal for our Macintosh-centric environment and will play a pivotal role in protecting our most important information assets."

With BakBone's Virtual Disk Library (VDL) feature, for instance, the Journal's storage administrators can take advantage of the high-performance, low-cost attributes of Xserve RAID for rapid backups and restores in data-intensive environments. To speed up deployment, the IT team utilizes the automated installation and device configuration tools to streamline remote set-up. NetVault uses standard installer files to simplify remote implementation, which expedites the process considerably. The ability to add, manage or redeploy distributed data storage components from a central location is another big plus for IT staffers. Instead of 10 people spending at least a half-hour performing backups each night, one person now takes about five minutes checking on a completely automated procedure.

"BakBone is gaining significant traction as the first data protection provider to bring enterprise-class functionality to Mac OS X environments," said Scott Petersen, vice president of North American sales, BakBone Software. "Our industry-leading 64-bit backup and recovery support and recently announced compatibility with Apple's Tiger platform underscores BakBone's commitment to delivering advanced data protection to data-intensive organizations like the Las Vegas Review Journal, as well as the growing number of enterprises embracing the Mac OS X platform."

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 Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas Review Journal (www.reviewjournal.com) is a Stephens Media Group newspaper (www.stephensmedia.com). Based in Las Vegas, Stephens Media Group has created nearly 100 different media properties, comprising daily and weekly newspapers, online news sites and community portals serving cities and towns throughout Arkansas, Hawaii, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

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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