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ON Technology and Miramar Systems Announce Strategic Alliance to Jointly Deliver Windows 2000 Migration Solutions

ON Technology launches MigrateEZ! for W2K, a breakthrough Windows 2000 migration solution that reduces costs while enhancing IT productivity and end-user satisfaction

Waltham, MA, and Santa Barbara, CA, March 27, 2001 – ON Technology (NASDAQ: ONTC), a leading provider of remote software delivery solutions, and Miramar Systems, a leading provider of PC-to-PC system migration software, today announced a strategic alliance encompassing joint sales, marketing, professional services, and product development. At the same time, ON Technology also launched MigrateEZ!™ for W2K, a unique Windows 2000 migration solution that leverages products from both companies to significantly reduce the cost and time required to implement enterprise-wide Windows 2000 migrations, while simultaneously enhancing both IT productivity and end-user satisfaction.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), Windows 2000 market share will skyrocket to 73 percent by the end of 2001. Industry analysts expect the majority of enterprises to migrate their desktops to Windows 2000 during 2001 in order to take advantage of the new operating system’s superior performance, security and usability. The alliance enables both companies to leverage each other’s sales and delivery infrastructures to capitalize on this huge business opportunity.

“Organizations are looking for integrated solutions that minimize the pain and cost associated with Windows 2000 migrations,” said Ronni Colville, Gartner research director. “They’re looking for unattended solutions to automate the entire migration process from the comfort of a single management console -- including deploying operating systems and applications as well as saving and restoring personalized settings and data files.”

MigrateEZ! for W2K allows IT organizations to accomplish all PC migration tasks from a single console without ever sending technicians to end-user PCs. It consists of specialized software that integrates ON Command CCM™ from ON Technology with Desktop DNA™ from Miramar Systems. Desktop DNA has been recently described by ZDnet as the “industry leader” in PC migration solutions, while ON Command CCM is a best-of-breed solution for remote software management that has consistently ranked in the “Visionary” section of the Gartner “Magic Quadrant” for software distribution.

With MigrateEZ! for W2K, ON Command CCM, and Desktop DNA, IT organizations can now automatically:

  • “Push” the Desktop DNA agent and associated migration scripts to all PCs over the network from the ON Command CCM console, without visiting each PC;
  • Save personalized settings -- such as bookmarks, data files and address books -- from each PC to the ON Command CCM management server;
  • Deploy and configure Windows 2000 Professional with new applications such as Office 2000 to all PCs over the network, via the ON Command CCM agent; and,
  • Restore settings and data files to each PC, thus enhancing end-user satisfaction and increasing productivity by eliminating the need for each individual to manually re-enter personalized settings and data.

“Our alliance with Miramar will provide IT organizations with significant operational benefits,” said Robert L. Doretti, Chairman, President and CEO, ON Technology. “Customers migrating to Windows 2000 are looking for enhanced productivity and operational efficiency, and together we can give IT managers the tools they need to improve the productivity of the migration process itself. We’re delighted to be working closely with Miramar to deliver the benefits of our combined solutions to customers.”

“The PC migration market is exploding. There’s a lot of synergy between our companies and we’re excited to be working together,” said Neal Rabin, Chairman, CEO and a founder of Miramar. “Customers are looking for comprehensive, easy-to-use solutions and this alliance will provide them with the powerful technology they require. We’re also pleased to have the opportunity of working through ON’s extensive European distribution channels. The relationship between our company and ON Technology will provide users with the global solutions necessary in today’s competitive environment.”

The companies also announced that ON Technology will participate in a Miramar Systems half-day executive seminar discussing Windows 2000 migration challenges on June 6th in San Jose, CA, featuring a keynote speech by a senior representative from META Group. The new MigrateEZ! for W2K offering will also be demonstrated at the executive seminar. Other demonstrations are planned for the ON Technology booth at Comdex/Windows World (April 3-5 in Chicago) and Networld + Interop (May 8-10 in Las Vegas). Miramar Systems will also be hosting a booth at Comdex in Chicago.

Pricing & Availability
MigrateEZ! for W2K and ON Command CCM are currently available from ON Technology. Desktop DNA is available from Miramar Systems. Please contact ON Technology and Miramar Systems for pricing information.

About Miramar Systems
Miramar Systems, Inc., creator of the world’s standard in desktop migration tools, distributes its software in more than 30 countries. Founded in 1989, the Santa Barbara-based company has taken a leadership role in providing solutions that increase customers’ productivity. Miramar’s innovative product lines, PC MACLAN and Desktop DNA, have resulted in Miramar being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the “fastest growing privately held corporations in the U.S.” for three consecutive years. Award-winning PC MACLAN provides complete interconnectivity between PCs and Macs. Five-star rated Desktop DNA offers enterprise level system migration solutions that increase the PC life cycle and IT productivity. For more information, phone Miramar at 800-862-2526; email, or visit

About ON Technology Corporation
ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to manage the full lifecycle of their computing systems over large-scale corporate networks. Our solutions are used to rapidly and reliably deploy critical applications, operating systems, and content to desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, servers, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and banking workstations. Our customers leverage our solutions to significantly reduce IT costs, improve availability and reliability of business-critical applications, and enhance both IT and end-user productivity. ON’s management solution has been chosen by more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide to manage in excess of 1.2 million networked computer systems. For more information visit ON Technology’s Web site at or call 800-767-6638.


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