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Permabit and Atempo Join Forces to Bring User-Initiated Disk-Based Archiving to Large Enterprises

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and PALO ALTO, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Permabit Technology Corporation, the industry's leading innovator of scalable, data-reduced storage for enterprise archiving, and Atempo, a leading provider of cross-platform data protection and archiving solutions, today announced they have entered into a technology partnership. The companies recently completed interoperability testing of the Atempo Digital Archive (ADA) file archiving software solution with the Permabit Enterprise Archive disk-based storage system.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and PALO ALTO, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ — Permabit Technology Corporation, the industry's leading innovator of scalable, data-reduced storage for enterprise archiving, and Atempo, a leading provider of cross-platform data protection and archiving solutions, today announced they have entered into a technology partnership. The companies recently completed interoperability testing of the Atempo Digital Archive (ADA) file archiving software solution with the Permabit Enterprise Archive disk-based storage system.

The technology partnership between Permabit and Atempo provides enterprise customers a reliable and massively scalable archive solution that's cost-effective and always available across the industry's broadest range of NAS devices and operating platforms — including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix. The joint solution offers customers flexibility in how and when they archive their files to Permabit's advanced disk-based storage system.

ADA offers traditional administrator-managed, policy-based archiving capabilities, and also empowers end-users by providing built-in user-initiated archiving capabilities. It also offers two ways to archive information. First, automated archiving and file movement is triggered based on policies pre-defined by the administrator. Alternatively, the end-user can use a dedicated interface to drag and drop files to file shares on the Permabit Enterprise Archive. Both archiving methods utilize the open standard NFS and CIFS interfaces.

"Since most large IT environments are not standardized on a single operating system platform, heterogeneous platform support is becoming a critical buying criterion for file system archiving solutions. We're especially seeing an uptick in Mac adoption in the enterprise. There is a massive market need for joint vendor solutions that support multi-platform data archiving," George Crump, president and senior analyst at Storage Switzerland, explained. "The Permabit and Atempo partnership addresses this growing need while giving companies the flexibility and efficiency to allow their end-users to archive data on demand."

Atempo Digital Archive and Permabit Enterprise Archive provide a simple, reliable, cost-effective, and unified solution that addresses the massive storage requirements of content archives. The ADA application can store a variety of data types in a single massively scalable Permabit Enterprise Archive. The Permabit solution ensures long-term integrity of stored information for large enterprises and dramatically reduces operating expenses by leveraging patent-pending Scalable Data Reduction technology, which combines sub-file in-line deduplication with traditional compression. Permabit's flexible and scalable grid storage architecture enables customers to start with one archive initiative and quickly and easily add data sources and content types to the system. In addition, as data capacity requirements grow, additional storage can be seamlessly added without impacting the functioning system.

"We're excited to partner with a company as technologically innovative as Atempo. Our open architecture allows seamless interaction with thousands of applications. The recent interoperability testing validates that Permabit solutions are fully compatible with Atempo. This gives our joint customers the assurance that they can archive from almost any platform to a storage system that is purpose-built to retain their data indefinitely and have it retrievable at a moment's notice," said Tom Cook, CEO, Permabit.

ADA software simplifies the process of long-term data retention for mid-market and larger organizations by providing critical features such as metadata and full content indexing and search capabilities; a utility that identifies inactive, fixed-content data as ready for archive; and multiple methods for archiving, including:

— Traditional hierarchical storage management functionality, which moves files into the archive based on a defined set of criteria and leaves a stub in primary storage to enable easy retrieval of an archived file

— User-initiated archiving integrated into the end-user desktop, which enables users to archive fixed content data by simply dragging and dropping it into the archive folder of their choice, and

— Policy-based data movement, which enables administrators to establish rules dictating specified files to be automatically moved into the archive as required by internal policies

"Together, ADA and Permabit Enterprise Archive deliver a powerful solution that solidifies the long-term retention policies of data-intensive organizations," said Neal Ater, CEO of Atempo. "The combined technology is optimized for customers that require comprehensive and standardized storage support to archive and protect massive amounts of data across any and all complex platforms — particularly beneficial to data-heavy industries like media/entertainment, government and education. Permabit's unique scalability technology and Atempo's comprehensive file archive tools will allow these organizations to archive all of their critical long-term projects at all tiers of storage and let them access specific types of data at various points of time as a job requires."

About Permabit

Permabit is the leading supplier of scalable data-reduced storage for enterprise archiving. Permabit was founded in 2000 by a technical and business team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information, visit http://www.permabit.com.

About Atempo

Atempo develops and markets award-winning software for the full range of data protection, recovery management, and archiving needs. Today Atempo serves thousands of customers around the world with comprehensive, cross-platform solutions and a sales and support network of over 100 resellers and partners. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with operations in Europe and Asia. Learn more about Atempo at http://www.atempo.com.

Permabit, the Permabit logo, Permabit Enterprise Archive, and Scalable Data Reduction are trademarks of Permabit Technology Corporation, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Atempo, the Atempo logo, and Atempo Digital Archive are trademarks or registered trademarks of Atempo, Inc.

SOURCE Permabit Technology Corporation

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