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Open-E Boosts North American Market Presence With Lifeboat Distribution

BOSTON, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Open-E, Inc., a leading developer of innovative storage management software, announced today that its premiere Data Storage Server (DSS(TM)) IP-Storage operating system will expand its increasing presence in the North American market through a partnership with Lifeboat Distribution, a leading specialty software distributor for virtualization, security, application and network infrastructure.

BOSTON, June 5 /PRNewswire/ — Open-E, Inc., a leading developer of innovative storage management software, announced today that its premiere Data Storage Server (DSS(TM)) IP-Storage operating system will expand its increasing presence in the North American market through a partnership with Lifeboat Distribution, a leading specialty software distributor for virtualization, security, application and network infrastructure.

Open-E's high-in-demand, enterprise class storage software solution will boost Lifeboat's solution set by enabling critical capabilities for data protection, SAN/NAS migration and disaster recovery.

A wide base of North American users may now cost-effectively and quickly add storage to an existing network, consolidate storage and backups for multiple servers, as well as centralize storage management through the DSS solution. With enterprise level innovations at competitive prices, Open-E's DSS will also allow Lifeboat's customer base to provide snapshot capabilities, backup and recovery, virtualization and volume replication — all with virtually any connectivity.

DSS is an all-in-one, fourth generation OS software for centralized IP- storage management, combining full NAS and iSCSI SAN functionality. The solution offers outstanding price-performance, massive data throughput rates, enhanced manageability, superior reliability and increased productivity for a variety of applications.

In addition, DSS supports a wide variety of hardware RAID platforms from the industry's leading names. The solution's versatility also allows the user to combine NAS systems with iSCSI SAN systems, and allows for the teaming of multiple Network Interface Controllers, including Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel and Infiniband. Furthermore, a built-in virus protection system protects the system and its rich feature set without recurring subscription costs.

"We are very pleased to partner with Lifeboat," said Krzysztof Franek, president and CEO of Open-E. "Lifeboat's extensive reseller base will enhance our rapidly growing North American market presence, assist us in gaining penetration into previously untouched market segments and allow them to benefit from the strength of our established storage management solutions."

Open-E is currently working with over 8,000 customers worldwide — and with Open-E's strong international and U.S. technology partners, Lifeboat will now be able to leverage the company's extensive experience and proven solution.

"We are delighted to partner with Open-E to bring their established storage solutions to our specialized solution partner provider channel," said Dan Jamieson, vice president of Lifeboat Distribution. "Our partnership with Open-E allows us to deliver an innovative storage system that provides best- in-class NAS and/or IP-SAN/iSCSI storage management to our network of resellers and solution providers."

About Open-E's Data Storage Server (DSS)

Open-E's Data Storage Server (DSS) provides a fast, reliable and scalable platform for IP Storage, and is one of the easiest ways of implementing a NAS server and/or an iSCSI technology in a network. The DSS may be used with all x86 PCs containing USB ports, an IDE controller and an additional SATA controller on the main board or hardware controller. DSS offers enterprise functionality, enhanced manageability, superior reliability and increased productivity for applications ranging from file sharing, storage consolidation, backup and recovery, virtualization to volume replication with virtually any connectivity.

DSS is built on Open-E's industry recognized NAS and iSCSI software technology, which is noted for its performance, superior security, robust operation and ease-of-use management advantages. With DSS, users may cost- effectively and quickly add storage to an existing network; consolidate storage and backups for multiple servers; centralize storage management with optimal performance and data protection; and improve data availability and efficiency. Additionally, DSS supports software RAID functionality, taking advantage of current multi-core processing technologies.

Professionals and organizations interested in obtaining Open-E's software may visit the company's website at http://www.open-e.com. Solution Providers and VARs interested in reselling Open-E's software may visit http://www.open-e.com/partner.

About Lifeboat Distribution

Lifeboat Distribution, a subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: WSTG), is an international specialty software distributor for virtualization, security, application and network infrastructure, business continuity/disaster recovery, database infrastructure and management, application lifecycle management, science/engineering and other technically sophisticated products. The company helps software publishers recruit and build multinational solution provider networks, power their networks and drive incremental sales revenues that complement existing sales channels. Lifeboat Distribution services thousands of solution providers, VARs, systems integrators, corporate resellers and consultants worldwide, helping them power a rich opportunity stream, expand their margin and service revenues, and build profitable product and service businesses. For more information, visit http://www.lifeboatdistribution.com.

About Open-E

Open-E, Inc. is a pioneering leader and developer of IP-based storage management software with headquarters in the United States and Europe. Its DSS, NAS-R3 and iSCSI-R3 product lines, aimed at the SMB and SME markets, enjoy a multi-national reputation for best-in-class performance, flexibility, reliability, scalability and return-on-investment. Open-E GmbH, located in Puchheim near Munich, Germany, houses the company's development and European sales/marketing functions. The company's tested, high-performance software is made simple, allowing system integrators to build massive, stable, secure and easy-to-use storage systems.

Open-E distributes its products through a worldwide partner network that are established in the storage and networking markets. For more information about Open-E and Open-E products please visit http://www.open-e.com.

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