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BellSouth Chooses PowerQuest to Provide Technology for Hard Drive Imaging and Partitioning

BellSouth licenses PowerQuest Drive Image Pro, PartitionMagic Pro, and EasyRestore for deploying and maintaining PCs

OREM, Utah - August 21, 2000 - An agreement between BellSouth®, a leader in communications services, and PowerQuest® Corp., a provider of proven solutions for storage management, provides BellSouth with resource-saving technology for imaging and partitioning hard drives. The deal equips all computers in all divisions of BellSouth with PowerQuest’s hard drive imaging, image restoring, and partitioning solutions for deployment and maintenance of all PCs in the company.

The agreement provides BellSouth with PowerQuest’s Drive Image® Pro, PartitionMagic® Pro, and EasyRestore® and enlarges on a previous deal with BellSouth Telecommunications®, BellSouth’s largest subsidiary. Now PowerQuest technology will be available for all 60,000 computers within BellSouth’s organization.

“PowerQuest software is critical to the deployment and maintenance of our corporate PCs,” says Andy Young, BellSouth IT Desktop Specialist. “We’ve made significant improvements in that process both in terms of speed and quality with Drive Image Pro by decreasing the time it takes to prepare a PC for imaging, create and restore the image, and then deploy the PC. And we are continuing to improve that process.”

BellSouth is also using the software to back up and archive critical data and for easy restoration of problematic machines in the field.

“BellSouth is an excellent example of how PowerQuest technology provides reliable solutions that simplify a company’s storage management activities,” says Brad Webb, product line manager for PowerQuest. “PowerQuest solutions helped BellSouth reduce deployment from almost two hours to about five minutes.”

Proven PowerQuest Technology
Drive Image Pro can clone an exact image to PCs over a network, install and update applications, and enable fast system backups. Using SmartSector™ imaging and TCP/IP multicasting, it can PowerCast™ a disk image over a network to simultaneously set up and configure up to 999 multiple Windows™ workstations across an enterprise.

Deployment Time Is Drastically Reduced
Included in Drive Image Pro is DeltaDeploy™, a feature that eliminates the need to add unique applications at any one computer. The IS professional makes the updates and installations on one machine and then the changes to that system are logged and packaged into an executable file that can be automatically distributed via the network, e-mail, FTP, diskette, or other distribution media. Upgrades or changes on different computers can also be made with the same executable file, making the solution flexible in real-world corporate computing environments.

BellSouth also receives PartitionMagic Pro, which allows users to create, merge, and convert partitions on the fly without destroying data. IS managers can automate redundant tasks with scripts and view scripts while running, thus saving time for IS managers needing to manage multiple drives.

EasyRestore is PowerQuest’s one-step solution for quick and easy restoration of an image. This enables BellSouth to quickly restore systems to their original configuration with just one click using a recovery CD.

About BellSouth
BellSouth is a $25 billion communications services company. It provides telecommunications services, Internet, data and e-commerce applications, wireless communications, entertainment services, and online and directory advertising to nearly 39 million customers in 19 countries worldwide.

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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