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BakBone Announces Availability of Heterogeneous Data Replication Product Suite

  • 11 January, 2006 10:57

<p>Comprehensive Data Replication Enables Continuous Availability of High Definition, Real-Time NASA Launch Video to Support Instantaneous Flight Data Analysis</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – January 11, 2006 - BakBone Software(R) (TSX:BKB)(Pink Sheets:BKBO), a global provider of data protection software, continues to deliver on its recently announced Integrated Data Protection™ strategy by unveiling today new data protection capabilities, including NetVault®: Replicator, NetVault®: Replicator Plugin Modules for Exchange, SQL, Oracle® and MySQL®, NetVault®: Replicator Cluster Support Plugin and NetVault®: Replicator On-Demand. These heterogeneous product offerings provide customers with real-time and scheduled replication functionality that can be easily integrated with existing BakBone backup, recovery and reporting solutions.</p>
<p>Designed to help customers protect critical business operations from disaster, this new suite of real-time replication technologies ensures the highest levels of data availability without the usual trade-offs in operating cost or limited platform support. NetVault: Replicator creates real-time copies of critical data in one or more locations and when combined with NetVault®: Backup allows customers to implement cost-effective tiered data protection based on data value and recovery requirements. Unlike other point recovery or replication products, all functionality is managed from a central point of control.</p>
<p>"The focus on data availability, including the continuing concern about disaster recovery, as well as the new focus on compliance, is driving growth in data replication product revenue(a)," says Carolyn DiCenzo, research vice president at Gartner, in her research report. "In fact, we expect the data replication market to grow from $1.4 billion in 2004 to $2.6 billion by 2009(b)."</p>
<p>BakBone's latest product suite has been developed in response to escalating data availability demands. "For today's dynamic 24x7 organisations, data access and availability is essential to business success," said Jeff Drescher, director of product management, BakBone Software. "With the introduction of the NetVault: Replicator product suite, customers can now rely on BakBone to deliver scalable, heterogeneous real-time replication solutions as part of an overall high-availability strategy that ensures business-critical data is always online and available."</p>
<p>On July 26, 2005, space shuttle Discovery blasted off in the historic Return to Flight mission. As part of NASA's new Ground Camera Ascent Imagery Project (GCAIP), high definition video of the launch taken from more than 20 digital ground cameras, as well as airplanes in flight, was captured and distributed between NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida to remote image analysis labs in NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Texas and Marshal Space Flight Centre in Alabama. Using NetVault: Replicator to replicate these high-definition video images in real time between multiple Space Centres, analysts conducted instantaneous flight data analysis to make sure there was no damage to the space shuttle. NetVault: Replicator provided NASA analysts the assurance that mission-critical shuttle and flight data was continuously protected in real time and was highly available across multiple remote sites.</p>
<p>Maintaining continuous data availability across the entire IT infrastructure -- at the lowest total cost of ownership -- while ensuring the integrity and reliability of data at the transaction level are top corporate priorities. With NetVault: Replicator, BakBone is leveraging a patent-pending 'hybrid byte-level' data replication technology that combines the security of synchronous mirroring for critical online information with the reliability of journaling technology to provide continuous real-time replication over local and wide area networks. As the industry's first such solution, NetVault: Replicator synchronously journals changes at the source and asynchronously replicates the changes to target destinations, thus significantly reducing the time required to restore data availability after a disaster or major system outage.</p>
<p>In keeping with BakBone's strategy to provide solutions across multiple platforms, NetVault: Replicator maximises current IT investments by installing seamlessly onto existing server hardware without downtime and is independent of file systems, volume managers and applications. Fully heterogeneous, NetVault: Replicator allows true cross-platform support for Windows®, Linux, Solaris®, AIX® and Mac® OS X and offers bi-directional operations and one-to-many configuration options. The result is an efficient and flexible solution for maintaining continuous business operations.</p>
<p>BakBone Real-Time Data Replication Suite</p>
<p>NetVault: Replicator is the ideal tool for implementing disaster recovery solutions over local or wide-area networks. A hybrid real-time data replication solution for heterogeneous enterprise environments, the software can be installed on any server, workstation or appliance running a supported server operating system. The product provides automatic content synchronization of any size data storage environment independent of applications. Remote mirroring of critical data is possible from anywhere-to-anywhere™ in real time between two or more physically separate devices over any IP-based network.</p>
<p>NetVault: Replicator combined with the optional Replicator Plugin Modules for Exchange, SQL, Oracle and MySQL databases guarantees write order fidelity and transactional integrity, without compromising local host performance as is common with purely synchronous solutions. The enterprise software product is an ideal solution for mirroring databases and large data sets to other hot-standby servers in remote locations.</p>
<p>NetVault: Replicator may be combined with the optional NetVault: Replicator Cluster Support Plugin to become a cluster aware solution that will coexist with a third party cluster manager to provide for flexible integration of replication requirements after automatic server failover. The combined solution provides the framework to support many clustered application types including databases, messaging systems and file servers.</p>
<p>NetVault: Replicator On-Demand is a scheduled replication product that provides a point-in-time remote replica of file and application data on demand, designed for specific operating environments with less-demanding storage requirements than those running NetVault: Replicator.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>Price start at $2300 including GST for a windows SBS server, $3050 including GST for Apple OSX, $4500 including GST for Linux server and $9165 including GST for Solaris. This is source server and replicate server which must be both licensed. NetVault Replicator products are available from authorised BakBone resellers in Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>About BakBone Software, Inc.</p>
<p>BakBone Software is a leading international data protection solution provider that develops and distributes heterogeneous data backup, restore, disaster recovery, replication and storage reporting 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-sized 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 strategic partners, resellers and solution providers, interested companies can learn more information about BakBone's products and services and its newly introduced IDP vision at www.bakbone.com or email info@bakbone.com.</p>
<p>Safe Harbour</p>
<p>This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, which, if they do not materialize or prove correct, could cause BakBone's results to differ materially from historical results or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties may include, but are not limited to, competition in our target markets; potential capital needs; management of future growth and expansion; the development, implementation and execution of the Company's Integrated Data Protection (IDP) strategic vision; risk of third-party claims of infringement; protection of proprietary information; customer acceptance of the Company's existing and newly introduced products and fee structures; and the success of BakBone's brand development efforts. Also, risks associated with strategic alliances; reliance on distribution channels; product concentration; need to develop new and enhanced products; potential product defects; our ability to hire and retain qualified employees and key management personnel; and risks associated with changes in domestic and international market conditions and the entry into and development of international markets for the Company's products. Our forward-looking statements should be considered in the context of these and other risk factors disclosed in our most recent report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which may be found at www.sec.gov, as well as those risk factors disclosed in our current report filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All future written and oral forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf are also subject to these factors. BakBone assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which it was made.
BakBone(R), BakBone Software(R), NetVault(R), Application Plugin Module(TM), BakBone logo(R), Integrated Data Protection(TM), Redefining Data Protection(TM), Constant Data(TM), Constant Data logo(TM), Constant Replicator(TM), OnDemand Replicator(TM), Constant HA Cluster(TM) and Sync2NAS(TM) are all trademarks or registered trademarks of BakBone Software, Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. All other brands, products or service names are or may be trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of, and used to identify, products or services of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Note to Editor:</p>
<p>-- a) Gartner Dataquest: "Forecast: Storage Management Software, Worldwide, 2002-2009 (Executive Summary)" by Carolyn DiCenzo. May 4, 2005.</p>
<p>-- b) Gartner Dataquest: "Forecast: Storage Management Software, Worldwide, 2002-2009" by Carolyn DiCenzo. April 28, 2005.</p>
<p>SOURCE: BakBone Software, Inc.
"Safe Harbour" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding BakBone Software, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.</p>
<p>MEDIA CONTACT:</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922
rob_stirling@markom.com.au</p>
<p>Victor Koshka
BakBone Software Pty Ltd
+61 2 8920 0977
victor.koshka@bakbone.com</p>

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