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BakBone Software Acquires Constant Data

  • 30 November, 2005 14:56

<p>BakBone Enters Data Replication Market with First Proof Point to Heterogeneous Integrated Data Protection Strategy</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – November 30, 2005 - BakBone Software(R) (Toronto: BKB; OTC: BKBO) a global provider of data protection software, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately-held Constant Data™, Inc. of Hopkins, Minnesota. The acquisition marks BakBone's entry into the data replication and high availability software market and is the first major step in BakBone's execution of its recently announced Integrated Data Protection™ (IDP) strategy for optimising data protection functionality.</p>
<p>IDP is designed to provide a suite of highly integrated data protection solutions that enables end users to cost-effectively manage data protection and achieve higher levels of data availability. Constant Data's cross-platform replication technology complements the heterogeneous platform support currently delivered in BakBone's NetVault® backup and disaster recovery technologies and offers users a holistic approach to managing enterprise data protection.</p>
<p>"Combining our backup and recovery pedigree with Constant Data's real time data replication and high availability offerings is fundamental to our IDP strategy," commented Jim Johnson, BakBone's president and CEO. "It gives enterprise customers the functionality they have been looking for and meets their data protection and business continuity objectives."</p>
<p>Constant Data's flagship product, Constant Replicator™, automatically maintains file and data synchronisation from anywhere-to-anywhere ensuring full-time data availability. It is an ideal choice for off-site data mirroring providing immediate recovery and business continuity, guaranteed digital content distribution, wide area clustering, and data consolidation from remote offices through unlimited scalability. Constant Replicator can be installed seamlessly into existing heterogeneous storage environments by providing continuous data protection to existing servers thus protecting previous investments.</p>
<p>Commenting on the increased value for existing customers through the combined product portfolio and synergies created with the implementation of IDP, Paul Sustman, CEO of Constant Data, added, "We see consistency in the fundamental approach both companies take towards data protection and availability, such as heterogeneity, modularity, scalability, enterprise feature set, and ease of use in our solutions. The integration of replication and backup are complementary solutions that will help customers eliminate downtime and improve data availability."</p>
<p>With support for a broad set of operating platforms including Windows®, Linux®, Solaris®, AIX® and Mac OS X(SM), Constant Data's continuous real-time data replication software solutions provide users with true bi-directional replication, one-to-many replication for enterprise data distribution, and many-to-one replication for centralised data protection for distributed environments. The software also allows users to break the environmental limitations found in many other replication solutions that require identical environments at both source and destination sites.</p>
<p>BakBone acquired Constant Data for approximately US$5.0 million in cash and limited contingent payments. The agreement also provides for assumption of certain assets and liabilities resulting in a total current transaction value of approximately US$5.5 million. The transaction was completed on Tuesday, November 15, 2005. Constant Data will continue to operate in Hopkins, Minnesota.</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 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 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>About Constant Data, Inc.</p>
<p>Constant Data is a leading storage software company focused on delivering scalable resilient, data availability software solutions for distributed enterprises. The Company's Constant Replicator product automatically maintains file and data synchronization from anywhere-to-anywhere ensuring full-time data availability.</p>
<p>MEDIA CONTACT:
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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