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Southern Company Selects PowerQuest's Drive Image Pro 4.0 to Simplify Hard Drive Imaging

Agreement will help leading electricity provider save time and money deploying and upgrading 20,000 Windows PCs

OREM, Utah - Jan. 8, 2001 - An agreement between Southern Company (NYSE:SO), a leading U.S. electricity provider, and PowerQuest® Corporation, a provider of proven solutions for storage management, provides Southern Company with resource-saving technology for deploying and upgrading its 20,000 workstations. The solution allows Southern Company to burn a standard base image, as well as customized departmental images, to CDs for use at the company’s headquarters and at other remote field offices. The deal also allows Southern Company to ensure systems are up and running to provide its customers with optimal energy services.

PowerQuest will provide Southern Company with a site license of Drive Image® Pro 4.0, the latest release of PowerQuest’s solution for imaging and deploying PC workstations in minutes. The CD-R/W support found in version 4.0 was one of the critical factors Southern Company considered when choosing a deployment solution. IT specialists now will carry a set of nine CDs containing spanned images to re-configure various desktop and laptop computers.

“Southern Company needed a dependable solution its analysts and specialists in the field could use no matter what,” said Douglas Carey, Southern Company workstation product expert. “Field specialists now have images for various hardware platforms customized on CDs. They use those CDs to re-configure their workstations in a fraction of the time previously required to perform the same operation by imaging over a server.”

Southern Company was familiar with PowerQuest’s proven technology from trusted vendors like Microsoft, which recommended Drive Image Pro for workstation deployment. Southern Company plans to use the software to upgrade workstations from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 sometime this year.

About Southern Company
Southern Company is an international energy company that operates more than 48,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity worldwide. Southern Company has operations in 12 countries on five continents. Based in Atlanta, Southern Company is the parent firm of Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, Savannah Electric and Southern Energy. Southern Company also provides energy-related marketing, risk-management and technical services in the United States and Europe and offers Southern LINC wireless telecommunications.

About PowerQuest
PowerQuest Corporation is a global provider of automated deployment and recovery solutions for corporations and individual users. Based on the company's Virtual Volume Imaging (V2i) technology and Active State Management (ASM) architecture, PowerQuest products and services simplify the management of storage throughout the technology lifecycle. PowerQuest products are available directly from the company and throughout a network of partners in more than 34 countries.

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