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PowerQuest Adds Support for Panasonic DVD-RAM/R Drive's Rewritable Technology with Special Version of Drive Image Pro

High-capacity Rewritable Media Eliminate the Need to Split Image Files when Cloning and Deploying PC Workstations

PANASONIC PRESS RELEASE: PC EXPO, NEW YORK CITY (June 28, 2001) - Panasonic and PowerQuest® Corporation, a provider of proven solutions for storage management, jointly announced today a custom version of PowerQuest's Drive Image® Pro that supports the DVD-RAM capabilities of Panasonic's new 4.7/9.4GB combination DVD-RAM/R drive, DVDBurner™. With the new version of Drive Image Pro, IT managers can create an exact copy of a workstation and write it directly to the DVDBurner using rewritable DVD discs. The recorded images can then be used to upgrade an operating system or application on multiple PC workstations in a matter of minutes. PowerQuest will demonstrate Drive Image Pro during PC Expo this week at the DVD Pavilion, Booth 3822.

The dual-technology DVDBurner offers a unique combination of benefits that cannot be matched by other removable optical disc technologies. With 4.7GB of capacity on a single-sided disc, the drive provides 7x the capacity of CDs and eliminates the need to span files over multiple discs.

"Capacity, reliability and flexibility were key reasons for adding support for the DVDBurner," said Kelly Devereaux, senior vice president of marketing and sales for PowerQuest. "Drive Image Pro is currently the only imaging solution that can create an exact image of a hard disk or partition; and the images that are created can be huge. With CDs, you have to split the image files into multiple, size-limited files so they will fit. The process is not only timeconsuming, it can be risky because one bad disc can cause a failure."

Devereaux explained that PowerQuest's use of intelligent, sector-based imaging not only creates an image for deployment that is an exact duplicate of the original, it ensures that any performance enhancements also will be reserved. "File-based solutions simply copy data and relocate files on a hard disk or partition," he noted. “They ignore file system information, so certain programs will not run and any hard disk optimizations will be lost."

Drive Image Pro includes a complete suite of tools that make updating PCs fast and easy. Using PowerQuest's DeltaDeploy utility, IT managers can distribute software updates and changes across the network and the Internet from a central location, eliminating the need to visit each client. By combining PowerQuest's SmartSector™ technology with TCP/IP multicasting, users can "PowerCast" an image to hundreds of computers across the enterprise in minutes. With Task Builder, users can even build custom scripts that automate creating, restoring, or deploying a custom image.

"The high capacity and reliability of DVD-RAM media make the DVDBurner an ideal solution for maximizing Drive Image Pro's automation features," said Dana Berzin, DVD product manager for Panasonic Industrial Company's, Global Computer Group. "Updates can be carried out during off hours because no one has to be there to change the disc."

Offering backward read support for CDs at 24x, the Panasonic DVD-RAM/R drive is a versatile storage solution that simplifies the transition from CD to DVD technology. Using 4.7GB DVD-R General media, the DVDBurner provides a transfer rate of up to 11.08 Mbps, which is equivalent to about 9 times the transfer rate of CD-ROM’s 1X speed. The 22.16 Mbps transfer rate for 4.7GB DVD-RAM translates to an 18x CD data rate. Seek times are 75ms for DVD-RAM and 65ms DVD-R, DVD-ROM and CD media.

Pricing and Availability
The new 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 (GLP) offered by PowerQuest sales associates and value-added resellers (VARs). For more information on the PowerQuest Global Licensing Program, visit http://www.powerquest.com/licensing

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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