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PowerQuest Corporation and Mission Critical Linux, Inc. Announce Joint Development Effort

Jointly developed recovery solution to be demonstrated at TechXNY in New York City, June 26 to 28, 2001

June 26, 2001 - Mission Critical Linux, Inc., the industry leading Linux solutions and services company, and PowerQuest Corporation, a provider of proven solutions for storage management, today announced that they have cooperatively developed a storage protection and recovery solution for the enterprise. The technology incorporates a Linux kernel with PowerQuest's imaging and recovery technology. This advance will allow companies to back up any server directly to DVD-RAM, enabling more reliable backups and faster recovery than is available with tape backup.

"Partnering with Mission Critical Linux allows us to provide our customers with the most reliable recovery solutions available," said Steve Fairbanks, vice president of strategic development at PowerQuest. "For approximately the same cost as tape backup, businesses can maintain an exact image of their servers on DVD-RAM and enjoy increased reliability and speed for their disaster recovery."

As part of the initial work done under this agreement, Mission Critical Linux has provided PowerQuest with a tested operating system and Linux kernel that will allow users of PowerQuest's Drive Image Pro to recover their critical system information in the event of a catastrophic system failure. The software allows corporate and individual users to write a complete image of their hard drives to a DVD-RAM. In the event of a system failure, the user can load a disaster recovery CD, access critical file-system information stored on the DVD-RAM, and restart the system. The software provided by Mission Critical Linux includes support for both ATAPI and SCSI DVD-RAM drives including the Panasonic 4.7GB DVD-RAM/R drive. This functionality provides a cost-effective means to ensure accurate, efficient system back-up and recovery technology.

"We look forward to working with PowerQuest in future development efforts. We see this initial project as the first step in building a constructive relationship aimed at developing the very best in storage protection and recovery solutions," said Steve Ofsthun, Senior VP of Engineering, of Mission Critical Linux.

PowerQuest will demonstrate the new DVD-RAM enabled version of Drive Image Pro at the DVD Pavilion, Booth 3822, during TechXNY in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from June 26 to 28. The DVD-RAM enabled version of Drive Image Pro, designed exclusively for OEMs, will be available worldwide in the third quarter of 2001 through the PowerQuest Global License Program offered by PowerQuest sales associates and value-added resellers (VARs).

About Mission Critical Linux, Inc.
Mission Critical Linux Inc. provides the solutions and services required for deploying and managing efficient and highly available Linux enterprise environments; custom engineering for specific development needs; and 24/7 support to ensure maximum systems availability and performance. By combining these services with ground-breaking Linux technologies such as Convolo Cluster Software and Secure Service Technology, the Company provides commercial Linux users with the tools needed to maximize the performance of their IT infrastructure. Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, with offices in Santa Clara, California, Washington D.C., and Europe, Mission Critical Linux, Inc. can be reached at or at +1 877.625.4689 toll free or +1 978.606.0200.

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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