Bycast Announces OEM Software Agreement With IBM



    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 25 /CNW/ -- Bycast(R) Inc., the
leading provider of grid-powered storage management software, today announced
that Bycast and IBM have entered into an original equipment manufacturing
(OEM) software licensing agreement that will enable IBM to deliver IBM branded
products based on Bycast StorageGRID(R) software. Under the OEM agreement,
Bycast StorageGRID software will become the basis for IBM System Storage Grid
Access Manager Software.
    In addition, IBM will also utilize Bycast's File System Gateway
technology to provide a standard CIFS/NFS interface for the IBM System Storage
DR550. Both IBM Grid Access Manager and IBM DR550 File System Gateway were
recently announced as new products in IBM's System Storage product portfolio
(see IBM announcements at:  http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/index.wss ).
    "Our customers worldwide are faced with the growing challenge of
efficiently managing and securing retention managed data and other critical
information assets with operational efficiency," said Craig Butler, Business
Line Executive, Archive, IBM System Storage. "Through our work with Bycast,
IBM will continue to deliver innovative archiving solutions that protect data
and simplify management of massive archives."
    The expanded relationship builds on a proven product with market success
and passionate customers. Since June 2005, IBM and Bycast have been jointly
delivering the IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution -- a reference data archiving
solution targeted at the healthcare sector. The OEM agreement will enable the
delivery of IBM branded data archiving products for multiple verticals
worldwide.
    "We are enthusiastic that our expanded relationship with IBM now makes
StorageGRID technology available to IBM customers worldwide," said Dr. Moe
Kermani, President and CEO of Bycast. "We are also pleased that IBM has
selected StorageGRID as an integral part of their archiving product strategy."
    Retaining massive volumes of business critical fixed-content data for
long periods of time is presenting new and tough storage management challenges
to IT administrators. StorageGRID delivers a high-performance,
high-availability storage platform that protects data and simplifies the
management of massive archives by scaling on demand, simplifying data
migration and automating recovery from a disaster. StorageGRID delivers a
virtualization and data protection layer that creates a unified fixed-content
storage system across multiple facilities and heterogeneous storage hardware.
StorageGRID enables formation of storage systems that can scale to petabytes
of data across hundreds of sites.

    
    About Bycast
    
    Bycast is a leading provider of software solutions to protect data and
simplify the management of massive fixed-content storage systems.
Organizations that use Bycast solutions are better able to optimize their
storage infrastructure and ensure the integrity and availability of their
valuable data assets. To learn more about the company and its solutions, visit
www.bycast.com





For further information:

For further information: Sarah Wielens of Bycast Inc., +1-604-692-3093,
or  swielens@bycast.com Web Site: http://www.bycast.com/

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