BakBone Announces NetVault: Backup 8.0 with Integrated, Cross-platform Continuous Data Protection



    Built From the Ground Up, BakBone Data Protection Solutions Deliver Tight
Integration, and Provide Customers with the Highest Levels of Simplicity and
Flexibility

    SAN DIEGO, October 1 /CNW/ - BakBone Software(R) (Pink Sheets:  BKBO), the
leading provider of heterogeneous integrated data protection solutions, today
announced version 8.0 of NetVault(R): Backup, the company's award-winning,
flagship data protection solution. The newest release of NetVault: Backup
introduces integrated, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) capabilities and also
expands NetVault: Backup's feature set. This marks a critical advancement in
BakBone's Integrated Data Protection (IDP) strategy, BakBone's approach for
reducing complexity in the data center.

    NetVault: TrueCDP(TM), BakBone's new CDP offering, helps customers meet
aggressive recovery point objectives for their most valuable and
time-sensitive data on Linux and Windows file servers. As opposed to scheduled
backups, which provide only one recovery point every 24 hours, BakBone's CDP
capabilities provide recovery points within seconds. Developed as an integral
feature of NetVault: Backup 8.0, NetVault: TrueCDP uses the same back-end
hardware, providing a centralized repository of data that eliminates the
complexity introduced by stand-alone CDP systems. Unlike many current CDP
solutions that offer only near-CDP, NetVault: TrueCDP does more than just take
occasional snapshots of data -- it provides up-to-the-second, real-time data
capture for very granular any-point-in-time (APIT) recoveries. Customers can
also define fixed-point-in-time (FPIT) recoveries (snapshots) for longer-term
recovery points with finer granularity than those offered by traditional
scheduled backup systems.

    BakBone customer Yahoo! leverages NetVault: Backup for scalable data
protection. "As a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked
Internet destinations worldwide, it is critical that we support our business
with technologies that can easily grow over time and provide the flexibility
to allow us to run our storage management solutions on different platforms,"
said Marcellus Tabor, manager of data protection at Yahoo!.

    NetVault: Backup 8.0

    NetVault: Backup offers broad cross-platform support for Linux, Windows
and Solaris environments and has won multiple awards for its ease of use,
reliability and extensive features. Version 8.0 of NetVault: Backup adds
real-time, true-CDP capabilities; enhances operational efficiency; reduces
system downtime; improves data availability and increases security to support
the business growth of enterprise environments.

    Key product highlights for NetVault: Backup 8.0 include

    --  NetVault: TrueCDP - Continuous Data Protection for faster, more
granular data recoveries. Integrated, true-CDP technology gives administrators
the flexibility to meet their recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery
time objectives (RTOs) across multiple platforms. NetVault: TrueCDP maintains
the same look and feel as the BakBone family of products and works
transparently with NetVault: Backup to protect customers' most valuable and
time-sensitive data.

    --  Increased storage management efficiency. NetVault: Backup 8.0
integrated Shared Virtual Tape Library (SVTL) can be dynamically increased on
the fly for easier storage growth. Version 8.0 adds restartable backups and
support for additional cluster managers -- Sun Cluster, Fujitsu Primecluster
and Veritas Cluster Manager.

    --  Enhanced central management capabilities to more effectively meet
business goals. NetVault: Backup 8.0 manages clients and servers across
firewalls, extends administrative control and adds support for NetApp's
ShadowTape.

    --  Improved security and regulatory compliance. Enables password change
enforcement to improve security and compliance and improves disk to disk to
tape by encrypting copies.

    The University of California, San Diego, Moores Cancer Center, the
country's leading cancer research center, relies on BakBone to protect
clinical trials data across Windows servers. "We originally chose BakBone for
its cross-platform support, easy installation process and transparency in our
data center," said Bryan Pettengill, computer resource specialist, University
of California, San Diego, Moores Cancer Center. "BakBone customer service is
top notch and each time I've called I have been treated very professionally.
NetVault: Backup 8.0 is going to be very popular when I change from tape
backup to SVTL."

    ADP, one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing
solutions, relies on BakBone to protect their business data across Linux and
Windows servers. "BakBone continues to deliver on its promise of integration
and ease of use with NetVault: Backup 8.0," said Edward Bradley, associate LAN
support specialist, ADP National Account Services. "We are especially pleased
with the restartable backup option and can see a potential fit for NetVault:
TrueCDP to help us recover our most time-sensitive data. We eagerly look
forward to utilizing these features in the upcoming release."

    IDC analysts Rhoda Phillips, research manager storage software, and
Natalya Yezhkova, research manager storage systems, have been following the
Continuous Data Protection segment since the technology first emerged,
examining end user trends and adoption of CDP. "End users expect to see CDP
functionality integrated into data protection offerings," said Yezhkova. "Such
integration increases functionality, flexibility and usability of these
solutions, and allows end users to avoid complexity associated with managing
multiple data protection products."

    "Customers want the fewest layers of technology possible and the minimal
number of touches by applications on their data," said Phillips. "BakBone's
addition of NetVault: TrueCDP to its Integrated Data Protection (IDP) strategy
offers the type of solution required by those mid-sized companies who are
looking for a heterogeneous data protection solution."

    "BakBone understands that customers want to spend the minimal amount of
time possible managing backups and recoveries, and we are providing key
technologies that are both simple and powerful, eliminating the backup
challenges IT administrators typically encounter," said Jeff Drescher, vice
president of marketing, BakBone. "We also believe that customers should be
able to use the operating system or systems that best suit their business
needs. Increasingly, organizations are embracing Linux for ease of use,
scalability and flexibility, and BakBone continues to dominate the Linux
backup space. Combining our strong Linux heritage with impressive
multi-platform support, BakBone is uniquely positioned to help customers meet
new and evolving demands for their data protection needs."

    BakBone Partners Support NetVault: Backup 8.0

    Data Domain

    "BakBone has proven to be a strong industry leader in offering customers
flexible and scalable data protection solutions," said Beth White, vice
president of marketing, Data Domain. "The combination of BakBone NetVault:
Backup with Data Domain's Deduplication Storage systems provides data center
and enterprise users ease of use and the ability to simplify storage
management. BakBone's new NetVault: Backup 8.0 further reduces complexity by
offering more flexibility and integration as well as improved cost savings. We
look forward to a continued successful partnership with BakBone."

    Isilon

    "As the leader in clustered storage, Isilon recognizes the unique
flexibility and scalability of BakBone's NetVault: Backup software, which make
it an ideal solution for our unique, modular, and pay-as-you-grow Isilon IQ
clustered storage systems," said Ashish Bhargava, director of business
development, Isilon Systems. "Today, enterprises are experiencing an explosion
of data growth, and it is essential that they have both a reliable and simple
solution for storing and protecting that business-critical data. BakBone's
NetVault: Backup parallels Isilon IQ's own scalability and reliability
benefits and offers end-users a proven solution with enhanced data protection
and enterprise-class functionality to meet the demands of any size
environment."

    LSI

    "As a worldwide storage leader, LSI recognizes and appreciates the
innovative technology BakBone delivers with their NetVault: Backup data
protection solution," said Julie Ryan, director of alliances, LSI Corporation.
"NetVault: TrueCDP is an exciting offering and the combination of BakBone's
NetVault: Backup software with LSI's storage systems provides end users with
an ideal storage solution to meet their demanding performance and reliability
requirements for multi-platform environments."

    Mirapoint

    "Email is a mission critical part of conducting business today - even the
slightest disruption in service can have significant financial impact on a
business, making backup and recovery software absolutely essential for
safeguarding critical information," said Larry Rosof, vice president of sales,
Mirapoint, Inc. "With this in mind, Mirapoint and BakBone have worked actively
together to offer our mutual enterprise customers a seamlessly integrated
solution via NetVault Backup's NDMP, which reduces the complexity of managing
e-mail backup and ensures the availability of critical data. BakBone's launch
of NetVault: Backup 8.0 will provide our growing common customer base with
even greater reliability and higher performance."

    MySQL

    "As corporate IT users increasingly employ MySQL for business-critical
applications, they are also seeking higher levels of data availability," said
Nicolas Pujol, MySQL AB's senior director of worldwide Alliances & Channels.
"With today's announcement of NetVault: Backup 8.0, we fully support BakBone's
efforts to provide automated, reliable and simplified database backup and
protection solutions for MySQL users and the overall Linux community."

    NetApp

    "Companies of all sizes are grappling with the challenge of protecting,
backing up and recovering their mission-critical data," said Patrick Rogers,
vice president of Solutions Marketing, NetApp. "NetApp and BakBone
dramatically reduce the complexity and expense of protecting data for
companies of all sizes, from large enterprise to small and medium business, by
simplifying the process and reducing the storage needed through NetApp A-SIS
Deduplication, proven to deliver 20:1 reduction of data. Together, NetApp and
BakBone are paving the way toward next-generation data protection."

    Oracle

    "As the industry's leading database on Linux, it is critical that our
customers have simple and flexible data protection for their Linux
environments," said Monica Kumar, senior director, Linux and Open Source
Product Marketing, Oracle. "We value BakBone's commitment to deliver solutions
that are certified with Oracle(R) Enterprise Linux and are pleased with their
support of the Oracle Unbreakable Linux program. Oracle and BakBone share the
common goal of bringing high quality, integrated solutions to help ensure
enterprise success with the Linux operating system."

    Sun Microsystems

    "Sun has a rich history of working with partners like BakBone to provide
enterprise-class storage management technologies to over 50% of the Fortune
1000 customer base. The newest features delivered with NetVault: Backup 8.0,
in particular NetVault TrueCDP, will provide greater levels of scalability and
flexibility and enable customers to both more easily protect their existing
Sun storage investments and further simplify data protection," said David
Kenyon, vice-president of Marketing, Storage Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    Teradata Corporation

    "We've been reselling BakBone's NetVault: Backup successfully since their
company's inception and our mutual customers are thrilled not only with how
easy their data protection solution is to implement, but also how easy it is
to use," said Ron Yellin, product management director, Teradata, a division of
NCR Corporation. "Our customers are some of the most successful global
companies and depend on their data warehouse to run their businesses - it must
be available and responsive to their business needs. The new features in
NetVault: Backup 8.0 add several key capabilities that will help our customers
achieve even higher levels of availability, ensuring that no data is ever
lost. We are looking forward to offering NetVault: Backup 8.0 as an extension
to our long-standing relationship."

    About BakBone Software, Inc.

    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 Integrated Data
Protection vision at www.bakbone.com or email info@bakbone.com.

    Safe Harbor

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materialize or prove correct, could cause BakBone's results to differ
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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
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Ontario due to delays in the filing of the Company's financial statements.
Although these cease trade orders do not prevent investors, who are not
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