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Cleversafe and Partners Launch the First Commercial Dispersed Storage Network

CHICAGO, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleversafe Inc., the leading provider of Dispersed Storage(TM) technology and software, today announced that the first commercial appliance-based products to create a Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) -- a new platform for storing and archiving digital content -- have been deployed in production through an agreement with five key Dispersed Storage Provider (DSP) partners. The DSP partners are a US-based consortium of service providers, hosting companies and telecommunications companies that have joined Cleversafe's First Mover Program.

CHICAGO, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Cleversafe Inc., the leading provider of Dispersed Storage(TM) technology and software, today announced that the first commercial appliance-based products to create a Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) — a new platform for storing and archiving digital content — have been deployed in production through an agreement with five key Dispersed Storage Provider (DSP) partners. The DSP partners are a US-based consortium of service providers, hosting companies and telecommunications companies that have joined Cleversafe's First Mover Program.

The DSPs and Cleversafe have joined together to deliver a geographically dispersed storage system with limitless scalability, security, reliability and longevity, all in an extremely cost-effective manner compared to traditional storage architectures. With dispersal, multiple service providers and hosting companies can efficiently share resources and deliver more reliable, secure and private storage services to their customers than is available on the market today. A Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) is an ideal platform for delivering storage as a service because it provides superior reliability, as well as built-in security and privacy, at a very attractive price point when compared to traditional storage methods.

A Cleversafe dsNet divides digital content into "slices" using Information Dispersal Algorithms (IDAs) and disperses the slices, via secure network connections, to multiple storage nodes on a Dispersed Storage Network. Each individual slice contains too little information to be useful, but any threshold of the slices can be used to perfectly recreate the original data. The dsNet can tolerate multiple simultaneous failures of hardware, administrators or storage locations, while keeping data secure and easily accessible.

To meet market requirements for a production dsNet, Cleversafe is partnering with the following companies: onShore Networks, FastRoot International, Merrimac Solutions, PinPoint Network Solutions and Cyber Development Group. Each DSP partner has purchased and deployed Cleversafe appliances and is operating those components as part of a multi-site production dsNet. Each DSP partner can in turn provide Dispersed Storage services to their customers on the production dsNet. Cleversafe is also using a portion of the dsNet for its production data and to provide Dispersed Storage services on a trial basis for candidates and customers.

"Cleversafe's dispersed storage networks may well prove to be one of the most exciting and the most disruptive storage technologies we have seen in years," said Stel Valavanis, president of OnShore Networks, one of Cleversafe's DSP partners. "We're very excited to be on the ground floor of this revolutionary technology, which will bring tremendous reliability and financial benefit to our customers."

A Dispersed Storage Network is built by deploying and inter-connecting three appliance-based components from Cleversafe:

— Accesser(TM) — Dispersed Storage router that slices, disperses and retrieves data throughout the network. One or more Accessers can be deployed in a single dsNet.

— Slicestor(TM) — Dispersed Storage servers that store the slices. Multiple Slicestors can be deployed in a single rack in a datacenter or be distributed around the globe.

— dsNet Manager(TM) — Dispersed Storage network manager that monitors the components of a dsNet out-of-band to gather information, create alerts and produce administrative reports

"We were very pleased with the initial experience we received from working with Cleversafe," said John Quinn, Technology and Architecture Leader, Merrimac Solutions Inc., a Cleversafe First Mover partner. "Everything from the design of the product to the training to the support and assistance we received during the initial deployment from Cleversafe was first rate."

Cleversafe's Dispersed Storage technology is the ideal way to store massive amounts of growing, unstructured digital content. Cleversafe's components enable organizations to build dsNets of any size that store slices of their data rather than copies. With dispersal, multiple service providers and hosting companies can efficiently share resources and deliver highly reliable, secure and private storage services to their customers. A dsNet is extremely secure and fault-tolerant. Access to an individual slice does not compromise the data and only a subset of the slices are necessary to perfectly retrieve the data, resulting in seamless data access without disruption even when sites or systems are down. Since data is not copied, there are fewer bits stored on a dsNet than with copy-based architectures, dramatically reducing costs in hardware, bandwidth, management, power and space.

"The vision of the company is beginning to be realized with these initial deployments by the members of the First Mover Program," said S. Christopher Gladwin, president and CEO of Cleversafe. "We are very excited to have partners that are delivering dispersed storage as a service to their end user customers."

For more information about the members of Cleversafe's First Mover Program please visit the member websites: OnShore Networks: http://www.onshore.com; FastRoot International: http://www.fastroot.com; Merrimac Solutions: http://www.merrimacsolutions.com; PinPoint Network Solutions: http://www.pnptnetworks.com; Cyber Development Group: http://www.cyberdevgroup.com.

Pricing and Availability

Dispersed storage services are available on a capacity and data transfer basis from each of the DSPs in the Cleversafe First Mover program. Access to dsNet resources will be controlled through deployment of a Cleversafe Accesser component, which must be purchased through a DSP or authorized Cleversafe reseller.

For more information, please visit http://www.cleversafe.com, or call 312-423-6640 to speak to a Cleversafe representative.

About Cleversafe

Cleversafe is the leader in dispersed storage technology, the ideal way to store large, growing amounts of digital content cost effectively. Founded in 2004, the company is backed by world-class investors including NEA, OCA Ventures, Harrison Street Capital and Alsop-Louie Partners. Cleversafe is also the sponsor of an open source community movement to help standardize Dispersed Storage(TM) technology through its cleversafe.org project. For more information, please visit http://www.cleversafe.com or http://www.cleversafe.org.

SOURCE Cleversafe Inc.

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