BakBone Software and Network Appliance Team to Deliver a Simplified Backup and Recovery Nearline Solution

San Diego and Sunnyvale, CA - October 29, 2002 -- BakBone™ Software (OTCBB: BKBOF, TSE: BKB), a global provider of storage management software, and Network Appliance, Inc (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions, today announced that BakBone's NetVault™ is compatible with the Network Appliance NearStore product line. The joint solution provides enterprise customers with a cost-effective, easy to manage, and reliable backup and recovery nearline solution that significantly improves backup performance and data availability at a lower total cost of ownership.

The NetApp NearStore R100 provides economical, scalable, and easily managed nearline storage that integrates seamlessly within enterprise network infrastructures. When combined with NetVault, backups are consolidated from customer's primary storage devices to a NearStore R100 appliance, providing customers' with a simplified yet powerful solution that increases the availability of servers and storage for applications and reduces the impact to back up and recover mission-critical data.

"Network Appliance has partnered with BakBone to deliver a fully integrated nearline solution providing instant access to data enabling customers to restore and recover their data on demand," said Michael Marchi, senior director of enterprise marketing at Network Appliance. "Combining NetVault with NearStore R100 gives enterprises the flexibility to cost-effectively protect their data, using proven technologies that work together seamlessly, reducing administration overhead and resulting in a lower TCO."

NetVault is built upon an advanced modular architecture that provides IT managers the flexibility required to support continued growth and incorporate new enhancements rapidly as information storage needs expand and change. NetVault is able to operate in multi-vendor networks and supports a broad range of platforms, applications, and high performance tape and networked storage devices.

"In today's enterprise, customers are demanding a robust, scalable, and reliable data protection solution that will increase their ROI. Building on our relationship with Network Appliance, we now are offering a seamless integrated solution that improves backup performance without adding complexity," said Randy Batterson, vice president of strategic alliance and OEM. "NetVault ensures that Network Appliance customers can leverage their NearStore R100 throughout their enterprise."

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner solutions that continue to drive the evolution of storage.

About BakBone Software, Inc.

BakBone Software (OTCBB: BKBOF, TSE: BKB) is an international storage management software company that develops and globally distributes high-performance software solutions to the network storage and open systems markets. BakBone's backup/restore and near-line archival software suites provide scalable data protection from the workgroup to the enterprise. Founded in 2000, BakBone Software's products are used by companies worldwide, and are distributed through a network of OEMs and solution providers.

BakBone's corporate headquarters is located at 10145 Pacific Heights Boulevard, San Diego, California 92121. Its stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For more information on BakBone products, call (866) 484-2663, e-mail, or access BakBone's web site at

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BakBone Software
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Jaime Le Jinks
Network Appliance
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