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PowerQuest Introduces New Architecture to Automate Storage Lifecycle Management

Architecture enables enterprises to reduce IT costs by effectively managing storage growth, technology change

OREM, Utah - June 26, 2002 - PowerQuest® Corporation, a provider of storage management solutions to businesses worldwide, today introduced a comprehensive new architecture and technology strategy to help enterprises manage storage growth and the increasing rate of technology change. PowerQuest’s Storage Lifecycle Automation Management™ (SLAM) architecture is built around proven imaging and partitioning technologies, which will yield PowerQuest solutions that address three major customer needs: deploying servers and PCs, protecting critical information, and managing storage growth.

“Most shops put data on a box and it stays there effectively forever, whether or not the value of that data merits being on that resource any longer,” says Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst of Enterprise Storage Group in Milford, Mass. “Management of storage tends to be a one-time thing — you put it somewhere and hope it doesn’t become a problem. Rarely do you see any true proactive management, where shops scour the data they have on devices and then move it to a smarter spot. This is one of the first tools designed to automate that task.”

The SLAM architecture provides a framework within which all future PowerQuest products will be delivered. The functionality of PowerQuest products will interlock with the common user interface and SLAM frameworks to automate and manage computer resources from their introduction into the storage environment through retirement of the computer or server.

“Our SLAM architecture is both a revolutionary and evolutionary approach to managing the storage lifecycle for individuals and businesses,” said Don Kleinschnitz, chief technology officer and senior vice president of storage products for PowerQuest. “While SLAM is a completely different and less expensive way to more effectively manage storage resources, it is a natural evolution of PowerQuest’s existing technologies and development over the last several years.”

SLAM introduces a paradigm shifting architecture for storage management using an existing disk management software technology called virtual drive imaging as a common object of storage management. Virtual drive imaging, when used in conjunction with an array of management applications and utilities and a visual user interface, will enable a simpler and more complete management of the entire storage lifecycle. The result is increased information availability and decreased IT administration, providing significant return on a company’s investment using storage lifecycle automation technology.

This strategic direction also leverages PowerQuest’s presence in the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market. PowerQuest imaging technology is already used to create millions of PC and laptop computer shipments annually from major manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Toshiba, Compaq, Sharp, IBM, Epson, and Gateway. Companies will be able to leverage PowerQuest technology to manage the storage lifecycle starting at the manufacturer and extending into the enterprise.

Kleinschnitz said PowerQuest expects to introduce products with the SLAM architecture before the end of 2002.

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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