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PowerQuest PowerManage Suite Provides Comprehensive Enterprise Storage Resource Management Solution

Suite maximizes storage investment, decreases costly downtime with Web-based threshold monitoring and alerting, volume management, and capacity trending

OREM, Utah - March 12, 2001 - PowerQuest® Corporation, a provider of proven solutions for storage management, announces the release of the PowerQuest PowerManage Suite™, a software solution providing real-time management of enterprise-wide, mission critical Windows NT and Windows 2000 Server storage. The suite includes centralized and complete storage resource management reporting and reconfiguration capabilities, which minimize down time, ensure data availability and reduce overall cost of network ownership and administration.

The introduction of the PowerQuest PowerManage Suite marks the first in a series of product announcements targeted at providing storage management solutions for the midrange enterprise. PowerQuest PowerManage Suite also will be the first PowerQuest product supported by a full range of professional services and standard 24x7 technical support*. Additional enterprise storage management product announcements will be made by the end of second calendar quarter 2001.

The PowerManage Suite includes PowerQuest VolumeManager 2.0™, which delivers safe and convenient management of volume sets and partitions, and PowerQuest PowerExpert ST™ to help control capacity management of critical data across the enterprise. The suite also includes PowerQuest ControlCenter ST for StorageMonitor™, a centralized and secure Web-based console to monitor storage usage and then alert administrators when threshold capacities are exceeded.

"With Windows NT/2000 RAID storage forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 37.6 percent through 2004, tools to manage those expanding disk resources have become a necessity," according to Carolyn DiCenzo of Gartner Group. "Companies that implement effective storage management tools that include functions such as volume management, quota and disk usage management will avoid runaway storage costs."

Storage Configuration & Data Availability
PowerQuest VolumeManager 2.0 provides enterprise-wide storage configuration and disk storage management on Windows NT Server, Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Under Windows NT Server, partitions and volume sets can be re-sized, copied, moved, checked or deleted without using a backup and restore system. Under Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server, basic partitions can be re-sized, moved, copied, checked or deleted**. PowerQuest VolumeManager 2.0 also provides the ability to copy and consolidate multiple Windows NT volume segments and resize RAID 5 configurations.

Real-Time Resource Management
PowerExpert ST is a real-time resource management solution with capacity trending and tracking capabilities that enable network professionals to monitor storage capacity and enforce disk storage limits. Through capacity management, administrators can set thresholds on servers and monitor file backup on those servers. IT professionals can generate standard and customizable reports on all major storage criteria in database, text or HTML/HML formats. PowerExpert ST automatically prevents file server contamination by screening many different types of files in an easy-to-use system. The Active Reporting option allows administrators to manage their storage via a Web browser.

Centralized Server Monitoring
PowerQuest ControlCenter ST for StorageMonitor, a secure Web-based console, enables system administrators to monitor data growth from any Web connection. StorageMonitor can identify all servers in a LAN environment and monitor uptime. Alarms regarding storage usage sent via e-mail or pager warn administrators once a predetermined threshold limit is exceeded, thus helping to identify potential issues before they impact users.

PowerQuest Professional Services*
With this announcement, PowerQuest is releasing an enhanced level of Professional Services, including maintenance, training and implementation services. The basic maintenance offering includes standard 24x7 support (U.S. and Canada only). On-site product training and hands-on solution implementation services will teach administrators how to take control of their storage resources. For additional information on PowerQuest Professional Services, please visit the PowerQuest Web site at www.powerquest.com/professional.

Pricing & Availability
The English version of PowerQuest PowerManage Suite will be available in March for a manufacturer’s suggested price of U.S. $1,595.00 per server (volume discounts apply)***. Localized versions in German, French and Japanese are scheduled to be available during second calendar quarter of 2001. PowerQuest PowerManage Suite will be sold through the PowerQuest Global Licensing Program, PowerQuest’s value-added resellers (VARs), or the PowerQuest Web site at www.powerquest.com. For more information on the PowerQuest Global Licensing Program, visit http://www.powerquest.com/licensing. For a list of sales associates or VARs in your area, visit www.powerquest.com/sales. PowerQuest VolumeManager 2.0 and PowerQuest PowerExpert ST also are available separately. For additional product information, visit the PowerQuest Web site at www.powerquest.com/powermanage.

System Requirements
PowerQuest PowerManage Suite works with Windows NT Server and Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server. For system requirements on PowerQuest PowerExpert ST and PowerQuest VolumeManager 2.0, please visit the PowerQuest Web site at www.powerquest.com/powermanage.

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* Certain Professional Services will not be available in all markets.
** Dynamic disks are not supported with this release.
*** Price quoted is manufacturer’s suggested price in U.S. dollars and is subject to change without notice.

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. www.powerquest.com


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