The Universal Disk Format (UDF)

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The Universal Disk Format (UDF)

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) has developed a file system format specification to address these problems of complexity and full data interchange. The goal of the OSTA Universal Disk Format (UDF) specification was to develop a practical subset of the NSR standard that would be much easier to bring to market, while also addressing how data is to be interchanged between systems. OSTA specifically defines what information shall be recorded on disk for a particular operating system and how other systems are to treat this information.

UDF was developed by an industry consortium of leading technology companies in the computer storage industry including: HP, Microsoft, Philips, Sony and IBM. Numerous experts have invested significant time in developing a document that would meet the above objectives. As an industry consortium OSTA is not hampered by the restrictions placed on International Standards Organization (ISO) standards. This fact has allowed OSTA to develop a specification that is a significant advancement towards the goal of data interchange between operating systems.

The Ideal Choice for Archiving

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What operating system will I be using 10 or 20 years from now?
  • What hardware platform will I be on?
  • If I store massive amounts of data today, what will I do if I can’t read it on my machine of tomorrow?

Chances are you cannot answer these basic but very real concerns with total certainty this is the very reason UDF was developed. UDF provides the long term assurance that your archived data can be read many years down the road thus protecting your valuable information while maintaining full compliancy with regulations and laws governing information retention.

ISO standard optical media gives the assurance that you can access your data in a wide variety of different optical drives. The ISO standard NSR file system gives the assurance that you can have data interchange among today’s wide variety of different operating systems and the operating systems of tomorrow. Optical storage standards provide assurance that today’s data will be available beyond tomorrow.

UDF Features:

  • Built on the foundation of the ISO/IEC 13346 standard:
  • A practical subset of the ISO/IEC 13346 standard;
  • Fully compliant with ISO/IEC 13346.
  • Simple and universal, defining support for multiple operating systems:
  • Defines what information must be stored on disk by all operating systems;
  • Defines what information must be stored on disk for each particular operating system;
  • Defines how information stored on the disk by one operating system is to be processed by another operating system;
  • Provides support of, and data interchange among, the major commercial operating systems, including:
    • DOS
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • OS/2
    • Macintosh
    • UNIX (POSIX)
  • Expandable to include support for future operating systems.

UDF has been selected as the file system for 2nd generation high capacity CD-ROM, CD Recordable and CD Erasable disks. This includes Digital Video Disc (DVD), the first consumer application use of 2nd generation CD-ROM. Through the use of UDF, DVD entertainment based and computer based content can reside on the same disk and be accessed by a wide variety of computer systems as well as the consumer DVD player in the home. UDF was designed to meet the mass storage needs of a global community well into the future.

Application Level Interchange

Once you have sector and file interchange you can move data among different optical drives on different computers with different operating systems. File interchange allows you to see the same directories and files on the different computers. The next level of data interchange is Application Interchange which deals with the file formats supported by the individual application.

For example, assume that you have sector and file interchange between a PC running DOS, and a Macintosh running MacOS. You can copy files to an optical disk on the Macintosh, bring that disk over to the PC and see the Macintosh files when listing the appropriate directories. Assume further that you used a database application called ALPHA on the Macintosh to create the files on the disk, and you wish to read access those files on the PC using a database application called BETA. Unless ALPHA and BETA use the same file format, you will not be able to read the data written by ALPHA with the BETA program. To have interchange between applications, they must use the same application standards and the same file format.

There currently exists a wide variety of file format standards that allow application interchange. There are database file format standards such as DBF, DIF and RTF. There are image file format standards such as TIFF, PCX, GIF and JPEG. There are audio file format standards such as WAV and VOC. Applications that support standard file formats will be able to interchange data at the application level.

Optical Storage Overview

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Contents

  • WORM Optical Storage
  • So what’s wrong with tape?
  • Data Safety Push
  • Do Laws Exist for Admitting Optically Stored Records?
  • The Future of Optical Storage
  • Additional Information on Optical Technology

It may sound strange, but the first optical recording technology was invented about 5000 years ago, when the Egyptians started using hieroglyphic and alphabetic writing systems.

Writing allowed storing, retrieval, and duplication of data without errors (except for misspellings and misunderstandings). Today’s meaning of optical data storage refers to storage systems that use light for recording and retrieval of information. Photography was the first example of optical data recording in the modern sense. The first photographs were developed about 200 years ago and represented an analog optical storage, which has a limited application for information storage since it is difficult to interface analog data with machines, plus there is a continuous degradation of data at every step of reading and writing. But, light can be easily used for digital information recording, especially since the invention of the lasers.

Optical recording was for a long time, and is still, considered a future replacement for magnetic recording. Optical recording systems potentially have much greater reliability than magnetic recording systems since there is a much larger distance between the read/write element and the moving media. Therefore, there is no wear associated with repeated use of the optical systems. Another advantage of the optical recording systems over the best performing magnetic recording systems – hard drives – is their removability.

Optical drives of all kinds operate on the same principle of detecting variations in the optical properties of the media surface. CD and DVD drives detect changes in the light intensity, MO drives – changes in the light polarization. All optical storage systems work with reflected light.

A convenient way to define tracks on the optical disks is by using pre-grooves. These are created by etching, stamping, or molding the substrate. The bottoms of the grooves are used as a storage medium, and the grooves are separated by lands. But, the lands could be also used as a storage medium, instead of or together with the grooves. The groove depth is based on the laser wave-length and, typically, equals 1/8 of the wavelength of the laser beam.

Another way to define tracks and provide servo information for the drive’s electronics is to use a so-called sampled servo, where the tracks are defined by occasional marks placed on the substrate at regular intervals. The marks define the outer limits of the track and help to position the laser spot on the track.

It is usually desired in optical recording to achieve the smallest laser beam spot possible, since the spot size is a measure of the bit size, which defines the aerial density of the storage system. The spot size also affects the resolution of the system (smaller is better).

Where and why should we use optical storage?

WORM Optical Storage

Thanks to numerous Wall Street scandals and tighter regulations across a number of industries, IT managers are being forced to account for, preserve and, on demand, restore data. This has created a big market for WORM optical storage systems. For financial services companies, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s SEC Rule 240.17a-4(f) created a requirement forcing companies to store data (e-mail and business records) on non-rewritable and non-erasable media. SEC Rule 240.17a-4(f) also requires that duplicate storage media keep track of the time and date of each data item for the required retention period.

WORM optical technology can also help organizations come into compliance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). For example, according to HIPAA guidelines, patient records must be kept in secure data repositories and retained for two years after a patient’s death. Although HIPAA does not specify any particular technology for doing this, the act’s security requirements (preventing records from being altered) and mandated retention periods suggest that WORM optical storage be used to protect records.

During the past year, a number of WORM optical storage systems have emerged that will help meet the needs of IT managers challenged with meeting any number of business and regulatory requirements. Optical storage, a mature technology with which many organizations are familiar, remains the most popular WORM solution. CDs and DVDs live in the low end to midrange of the optical storage market, with a host of available library devices to take care of disk management.

While Magneto-optical disks are more expensive than DVD or CD media, they do have a higher level of reliability, which is why they are often found in government agencies and financial institutions as well as being the storage medium of choice for medical imaging.

WORM optical makes is the ideal storage solution for companies that have to archive a large amount of data for multiple years and be able to retrieve it within minutes, WORM optical is the proven technology for long-term storage.

So What’s Wrong With Tape?

For many years, IT managers have leaned on tape backups as the cornerstone of their disaster recovery and data protection infrastructure. Tape won’t be going away any time soon, but changing business environments and the need to come into compliance with a variety of new regulations are forcing IT managers to rethink their strategies for data protection.

Although tape is a reliable and portable media format, it does not meet all the current needs of customers. For years, the term “archival” was used to describe data that was in its long-term, decreasing value stage, and was most often stored on optical media. Today magnetic tape is not a suitable solution for Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) Archiving applications based on the fact these applications are driven by databases that randomly access content, this content could be an E-mail, attachment or other document(s).

Tape cannot realistically support this type of random-access requirement. Additionally, tape solutions have a long history of reliability issues and should only be considered in backup applications that typically do not require random-access. Over-positioning a magnetic tape solution within a database/random-access driven archive applications could have serious performance, availability, reliability consequences. From a compliancy requirement standpoint tapes are magnetic by design a WORM tape cartridge can be easily erased via a standard bulk erasing tool or other electronic mechanisms. WORM tape does not stand up to the compliancy test for; Non-alterable, Non-erasable media.

The changing business and security climate has made WORM optical-based storage more compelling for many organizations. Regulations from the SEC, specifically SEC Rule 240.17 a-4(f), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act have a number of rules regarding document retention and preservation. WORM storage systems help IT managers address many of these, including guidelines for e-mail, financial records and patient information.

Even if your company is not required to meet any of the guidelines mentioned here, it’s a good idea to audit your technology systems and data retention practices to see how they would measure up. New regulatory deadlines loom all the time-with the first Sarbanes-Oxley Act deadline just around the corner-and you never know when these or other guidelines will affect your industry.

Data Safety Push

Business practices and regulations have evolved in such a way that it is now necessary not only to have geographically dispersed copies of data but also to have non-rewritable and non-erasable media to protect it. Here are examples of regulations that suggest or require better data retention and protection.

  • The SEC’s Rule 240.17 a-4(f) calls for organizations to store business documents for no less than three years while keeping data in an accessible place for two years.
  • HIPAA has a number of guidelines for document retention and security. Although WORM is not specifically named, it is very often the best choice for preserving the integrity of data for several years.

Do Laws Exist for Admitting Optically Stored Records?

Yes! In all fifty states there are laws that provide a solid legal foundation for admitting optically stored records in court. Although the specific legal basis may differ from one state to another, in most states it is found in the Rules of Evidence. It also can be in the statutory laws.

The key part of the Rules of Evidence provides for the admissibility of “data compilations.” This term was introduced into evidentiary law to describe machine readable, computer processed information. It was included in the 1974 revision and the 1975 revision of the Federal Rules of Evidence.

WORM optical technology is so “trusted” there are laws and government requirements enforcing its use to ensure the safe, unalterable and reliable archive of data.

The Future of Optical Storage

While today there is a complete range of optical media formats including; WORM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CCW,CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, Ultra High Density Optical (UDO), Magneto-Optical (MO), Professional Disc for Data (PDD) as well as the latest advances in optical storage; Blu-ray BD-R and BD-RE discs in 25GB, 50GB and upcoming 100GB capacities.

A bright future in optical storage is assured as StorageQuest is working closely with industry visionaries such as the Blu-ray Disc consortium and InPhase Technologies‘ 3D Holographic Storage. By providing our unified storage solution as these products come to market, it insures a compliant archiving roadmap for many years to come.

Additional Information on Optical Technology

Mail-In-Rebate for Reflector Server Software

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OTTAWA, Canada – September 1, 2007    StorageQuest, Inc. is pleased to announce

a mail-in-rebate program for the popular Reflector® Network Backup and Archiving Manager software family.

The Reflector software package allows users to write large quantities of data automatically spanning across multiple

CDs, DVDs or Blu-Ray discs. The discs are automatically recorded and feature uniquely printed labels using a robotic

disc publisher system from Rimage or Primera.  Hundreds of gigabytes of data can be easily transferred offline

to optical discs enabling this high-volume data publishing and archiving solution.  A built-in database of all

files written with Reflector is readily searchable to locate files that have been previously recorded. These features

help make Reflector a cost-efficient and powerful workgroup backup solution.

Customers who purchase qualifying versions of Reflector Server Edition (SQSR002, SQSR003, SQSP001, SQSP002) for Rimage

or Primera can receive a US $100 rebate by mailing in the coupon and supporting proof of purchase.  The mail in

rebate is available between September 1st and October 31st, 2007.  All submissions must be received by

StorageQuest by November 10th, 2007.  Customers who purchase Reflector but do not have the Mail-In-Rebate

form may obtain one from the StorageQuest website.

 

About StorageQuest Reflector

StorageQuest Reflector Server Edition for Windows is priced starting at 795.00 (MSRP), and includes 90 days of phone

support and one year of web support and upgrades. Visit https://storagequest.com/our_products/reflector.php

for more information and to download a free 14-day trial.

About StorageQuest

Since its inception in 1998, StorageQuest has pioneered software technology, product and open solutions that continue

to drive the evolution of optical storage. StorageQuest storage solutions include network attached appliances,

storage management software backup/archive applications and services providing seamless storage management for open

network environments.  StorageQuest, Inc. is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada.  www.StorageQuest.com or

[email protected]

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StorageQuest Inc. to Demonstrate Reflector Data Archiving Software for Mac OS X at NAB 2007

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StorageQuest Inc. to Demonstrate Reflector Data Archiving Software for Mac OS X at NAB 2007

OTTAWA, Canada – April 16, 2007    StorageQuest, Inc. is pleased to announce a new addition to the popular Reflector® Network Backup and Archiving Manager software family with the upcoming release of Reflector for Macintosh computers.  This version brings unsurpassed data archiving capabilities to users of the Mac OS X operating system by combining powerful, easy to use software with Rimage and Primera disc publishing systems.

The Reflector software package allows users to write large quantities of data automatically spanning across multiple CDs, DVDs or Blu-Ray discs. The discs are automatically recorded and feature uniquely printed labels using a robotic disc publisher system.  Hundreds of gigabytes of data can be easily transferred offline to optical discs enabling this high-volume data publishing and archiving solution.  A built-in database of all files written with Reflector is readily searchable to locate files that have been previously recorded.  Within a network environment, users of both Windows and Macintosh computers can now share the same disc publishing hardware, with file backup and archiving from their workstation.

Ben Whitney, the product manager for Reflector notes, “Macintosh computer systems in the workplace are increasing every year – these systems are now commonly found in many video, photography, graphic design and audio production houses – and we’ve heard the call for an integrated DVD archiving solution.  Our new software will allow Apple users to enjoy the powerful backup and archiving capabilities of Reflector.”

“We are excited to see Reflector’s capabilities extended to Mac users,” said Mike Laven, Director of Sales for Microboards (www.microboards.com). “There are a limited number of disc publishers that even support Apple operating systems, so to see this advanced set of data backup, wizard-driven archival functions available on a Mac is a huge step forward. We are offering the Reflector for Mac product to our channel of video and audio integrators and resellers because we see a tremendous benefit to Mac-based content producers from using StorageQuest’s software.  From its broad archival wizards for day-to-day business data management functions down to the ability to span content across optical media, every feature has a place in a modern studio and production environment.”

The software will be demonstrated at the NAB 2007 show in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 16th through 19th 2007, and will be shown at the Microboards booth (#SL9511). The software will be officially released in May.

About StorageQuest Reflector

StorageQuest Reflector archiving software for Windows and Mac OS X is priced starting at 795.00 (MSRP), and includes 90 days of phone support and one year of web support and upgrades. Visit the Reflector website for more information and to download a free 14-day trial.

About StorageQuest

Since its inception in 1998, StorageQuest has pioneered technology, product, and open solutions that continue to drive the evolution of Net-attached optical storage. StorageQuest storage solutions include: Network attached appliances, storage management software, and services that provide seamless storage management for open network environments. StorageQuest, Inc. is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, www.StorageQuest.com.

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StorageQuest Inc. Announces Release of Next-Generation Data Archiving Software for Primera® DVD Publishing Systems

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Ottawa, Canada – January 16, 2007 – StorageQuest, Inc. is pleased to announce the version 5.1 release of its popular Reflector Network Backup and Archiving Manager software for Primera’s Bravo series of disc publishers. The Reflector software package allows users to write large quantities of data automatically spanning across multiple DVDs. The DVDs are automatically recorded and feature uniquely printed labels using a Primera disc publisher system. Hundreds of gigabytes of data can be easily transferred offline to DVD discs enabling this high-volume DVD publishing and archiving solution. A built-in database of all files written with Reflector is easily searchable to locate files that have been previously recorded. The fifth-generation of Reflector software supports the newest Primera devices, including the Bravo XR and Bravo XRP rack-mountable systems.

The software also includes numerous powerful new features including customizable scipts and Hot Folder support, dual-layer DVD recording, open-file backup, archive data verification and deletion, automatic HTML index file generation, and many speed and performance improvements. StorageQuest’s software, combined with the newest Primera hardware make this package a powerful and flexible data archiving solution.

“We are pleased to have a development partner like StorageQuest”, said Mike Atkins, Primera’s OEM Sales Manager. “Reflector’s functionality and features add value by addressing WORM archiving needs that previously required programming or integration. Now, a company can buy Reflector for use with a Bravo XR or XRP, and perform this task with minimal configuration allowing for an immediate return on investment.”

Brendan Lelieveld-Amiro, head of operations for StorageQuest notes “We anticipate a great deal of demand for the new Primera version; it’s a great product and a powerful add-on to existing Primera customers as well as for new customers with high-volume archiving needs.” The software is available now and can be purchased by any authorized StorageQuest reseller.

About StorageQuest Reflector

StorageQuest Reflector archiving software for Windows is priced at 795.00 (MSRP) for the Bravo XR and 995.00 (MSRP) for the Bravo XRP, and includes one year of support and upgrades. Visit the Reflector Website for more information and to download a free 14-day trial.

About StorageQuest

Since its inception in 1998, StorageQuest has pioneered technology, product, and open solutions that continue to drive the evolution of Net-attached optical storage. StorageQuest storage solutions include: Network attached appliances, storage management software, and services that provide seamless storage management for open network environments. StorageQuest, Inc. is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, www.StorageQuest.com.

About Primera

Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Primera Technology, Inc. is the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of CD/DVD duplication and printing equipment. More than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and thousands of small- to mid-sized companies, schools, government agencies, churches and other organizations use Primera disc publishing equipment. Primera is known for its Signature® line of CD/DVD printers and Bravo-series CD/DVD publishers which include Bravo SE, Bravo II, BravoPro and Bravo XR-Series Disc Publishers (Disc Publisher SE, II, Pro and XR-Series in Europe and Scandinavia). Visit Primera

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Rimage Highlights Disc Publishing Partner Applications at NAB

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Rimage Highlights Disc Publishing Partner Applications at NAB

Archiving, Conversion, DVD Authoring, Watermarking and Copy Protection Applications Help Rimage Deliver Integrated, Custom Disc Publishing Solutions

Minneapolis — April 24, 2006 — Rimage Corporation (Nasdaq: RIMG) today announced it is highlighting multiple disc publishing partner applications during NAB2006 (National Association of Broadcasters), including archiving, conversion, authoring, watermarking and copy protection solutions.

Rimage disc publishing solutions allow customers to securely store and distribute large volumes of information by automatically creating professional CDs and DVDs with customized digital content and direct-to-disc printed labels. As the world leader in disc publishing, Rimage is the only company providing high-performance systems that deliver the quality, quantity and customization requirements critical publishing applications demand.

“Rimage’s easy-to-integrate technology platform and wide network of distribution and technology partners help us design, deliver and install disc publishing solutions that fit each customer’s unique needs,” said Manny Almeida, chief operating officer for Rimage. “We are excited to highlight some of our partners at NAB — demonstrating our ongoing commitment to providing complete disc publishing solutions.”

Rimage Partner Applications Featured at NAB

  • StorageQuest’s (www.storagequest.com) Reflector 5.0 complements Rimage disc publishing systems with a world-class network backup and archival solution, enabling fool proof backup and archiving; the ability to search and maintain detailed histories; and tools for verifying and comparing files to original data.
  • Pulse Digital’s (www.pulsedigital.com) DVD SelectNet software fully automates the DVD authoring process, seamlessly integrating with Avid and Final Cut editing software, supporting multiple users and managing users’ digital media.
  • Philips’ (www.philips.com) Digital Video Watermarking solutions provide a direct link to Rimage disc publishing systems for easy to operate, audio and video watermarking capabilities.
  • Cinea’s (www.cinea.com) S-TRACK Digital Video Watermarking and Tracking software provides a reliable solution for tracking pirated content, easily integrating with users’ workflows and fully supporting Rimage disc publishing systems.
  • YesVideo’s (www.yesvideo.com ) YesDVD software provides users an easy way to preserve video tapes through automated conversion to DVD.
  • Media Science International’;s MSI Copy Control product is an intuitive disc authoring and copy protection system for audio and video. It is used by used by best-selling artists, such as Bon Jovi, Linkin Park and Alanis Morissette, among others.
  • Perennity (www.perennitysoft.com) provides a cost-effective archiving solution, offering fully automated output to CDs/DVDs based on event triggered hot folders. It enables any application (ERP, authoring, etc.) to seamlessly interface with Rimage disc publishing systems.

The Rimage partner applications mentioned above are on display at the Rimage booth (#SL1843) at NAB2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada April 24-27.

About StorageQuest

Since its inception in 1998, StorageQuest has pioneered technology, product, and open solutions that continue to drive the evolution of Net-attached optical storage. StorageQuest storage solutions include: Network attached appliances, storage management software, and services that provide seamless storage management for open network environments. StorageQuest, Inc. is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, www.StorageQuest.com.

About Rimage

Rimage Corporation (Nasdaq:RIMGNews), is the world’s leading provider of recordable CD/DVD publishing systems, which are used by businesses to produce discs with customized digital content on an on-demand basis. Rimage’s publishing systems, which span the range from high to low CD/DVD production volumes, integrate robotics, software and surface label printers into a complete publishing solution. Rimage Corporation is located in Minneapolis, MN, with operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. www.Rimage.com.

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StorageQuest™ Announces REFLECTOR™ for Rimage™ a Network Backup & Archive Solution for Small and Medium size Businesses

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Ottawa, Canada – February 14, 2006 – StorageQuest Inc., the leader in network attached optical storage management, today announced the general availability of the most recent version of REFLECTOR™ Network Backup & Archive Manager, version 5. The industry’s first solution to take advantage of the off-the-shelf DVD recording and printing hardware from Rimage (Nasdaq:RIMGNews) to offer the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) a feature-rich data protection solution but also an information publishing solution at a cost less than tape-based solutions.

“Our latest release of REFLECTOR includes a number of customer driven enhancements such as our new PowerStream™ technology which greatly reduces the size of magnetic disk caching while improving performance and lowering costs” said Fred Bedard, StorageQuest’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “SMBs have requirements that are just as sophisticated as enterprise level companies but they look for solutions that are open, easy, and inexpensive. Today with the release of REFLECTOR version 5 we meet all of these requirements. When you consider the pervasiveness of DVD technology, it’s easy to see why a solution like REFLECTOR makes sense; archiving to DVD-R optical media with its lower cost, proven reliability and portability to any operating system also means your data will meet compliance regulations for unalterable data storage as a standard feature of our solution.”

David Suden, Chief Technology Officer of Rimage said, “It’s great to see a company evolve its products through customer feedback and that’s what StorageQuest has done with version 5 of REFLECTOR. StorageQuest continues to expand the power and capabilities of our systems enabling users to archive and offload unlimited amounts of digital content to inexpensive and reliable media. REFLECTOR is an impressive application which Rimage views as a great enabler for our DVD & CD products to address the needs of the digital archiving market.”

REFLECTOR has many unique capabilities which set it apart from traditional tape backup solutions. These solutions include: File Spanning, File Splitting and Media Labeling. REFLECTOR’s File Spanning will automatically record as many discs as required for the backup dataset and optimally pack the data so that it requires the smallest number of discs. File Splitting manages files larger than a piece of media to be split across multiple discs. Split files can be restored without using the Reflector software on any operating system. REFLECTOR will even print a full size label on each piece of media, which automatically contains the information the user has specified during the setup process, so each is easily identifiable.

“At International Mission Board we have developed a video archive solution built around the REFLECTOR and Rimage solution for our Avid Unity Media Network storage system. The archive solution has been in production for the past 6 months and has proved to be an excellent solution from both a technical and business perspective” said Mark Ritter, Operations Manager at the International Mission Board. “We had looked at tape solutions, but the cost and reliability, coupled with the fact we could not easily share our videos with our remote offices made it clear that tape was not the solution. The fact that REFLECTOR can span large video files seamlessly across many DVD’s, does not require any special software for playback, and will custom label each disc automatically, made this an easy decision for us. I’m excited to see version 5 is now available as it incorporates features we can take advantage of right away which will improve our archive solution.” The International Mission Board is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest evangelical denomination with more than 40,000 churches and nearly 16 million members.

Pricing and Availability

StorageQuest’s REFLECTOR version 5 is available today for all Rimage systems. Pricing starts at US $795.00 for the SERVER EDITION. An optional CLIENT PAC, intended for users requiring the functionality of the server edition at their desktops, is available at US $150.00/ user in single quantities. Discounted multi-client packs are also available. The StorageQuest REFLECTOR products include a full year of software updates.

About StorageQuest

Since its inception in 1998, StorageQuest has pioneered technology, product, and open solutions that continue to drive the evolution of Net-attached optical storage. StorageQuest storage solutions include: Network attached appliances, storage management software, and services that provide seamless storage management for open network environments. StorageQuest, Inc. is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, www.StorageQuest.com.

About Rimage

Rimage Corporation (Nasdaq:RIMGNews), is the world’s leading provider of recordable CD/DVD publishing systems, which are used by businesses to produce discs with customized digital content on an on-demand basis. Rimage’s publishing systems, which span the range from high to low CD/DVD production volumes, integrate robotics, software and surface label printers into a complete publishing solution. Rimage Corporation is located in Minneapolis, MN, with operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. www.Rimage.com.

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StorageQuest™ Announces New Version of REFLECTOR™ for Rimage™; a Network Backup & Archive Solution for SMBs

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Ottawa, Canada – February 14, 2006 – StorageQuest Inc., the leader in network attached optical storage management, today announced the general availability of the most recent version of REFLECTOR™ Network Backup & Archive Manager, version 5. The industry’s first solution to take advantage of the off-the-shelf DVD recording and printing hardware from Rimage (Nasdaq:RIMGNews) to offer the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) a feature-rich data protection solution but also an information publishing solution at a cost less than tape-based solutions.

“Our latest release of REFLECTOR includes a number of customer driven enhancements such as our new PowerStream™ technology which greatly reduces the size of magnetic disk caching while improving performance and lowering costs” said Fred Bedard, StorageQuest’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “SMBs have requirements that are just as sophisticated as enterprise level companies but they look for solutions that are open, easy, and inexpensive. Today with the release of REFLECTOR version 5 we meet all of these requirements. When you consider the pervasiveness of DVD technology, it’s easy to see why a solution like REFLECTOR makes sense; archiving to DVD-R optical media with its lower cost, proven reliability and portability to any operating system also means your data will meet compliance regulations for unalterable data storage as a standard feature of our solution.”

David Suden, Chief Technology Officer of Rimage said, “It’s great to see a company evolve its products through customer feedback and that’s what StorageQuest has done with version 5 of REFLECTOR. StorageQuest continues to expand the power and capabilities of our systems enabling users to archive and offload unlimited amounts of digital content to inexpensive and reliable media. REFLECTOR is an impressive application which Rimage views as a great enabler for our DVD & CD products to address the needs of the digital archiving market.”

REFLECTOR has many unique capabilities which set it apart from traditional tape backup solutions. These solutions include: File Spanning, File Splitting and Media Labeling. REFLECTOR’s File Spanning will automatically record as many discs as required for the backup dataset and optimally pack the data so that it requires the smallest number of discs. File Splitting manages files larger than a piece of media to be split across multiple discs. Split files can be restored without using the Reflector software on any operating system. REFLECTOR will even print a full size label on each piece of media, which automatically contains the information the user has specified during the setup process, so each is easily identifiable.

“At International Mission Board we have developed a video archive solution built around the REFLECTOR and Rimage solution for our Avid Unity Media Network storage system. The archive solution has been in production for the past 6 months and has proved to be an excellent solution from both a technical and business perspective” said Mark Ritter, Operations Manager at the International Mission Board. “We had looked at tape solutions, but the cost and reliability, coupled with the fact we could not easily share our videos with our remote offices made it clear that tape was not the solution. The fact that REFLECTOR can span large video files seamlessly across many DVD’s, does not require any special software for playback, and will custom label each disc automatically, made this an easy decision for us. I’m excited to see version 5 is now available as it incorporates features we can take advantage of right away which will improve our archive solution.” The International Mission Board is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest evangelical denomination with more than 40,000 churches and nearly 16 million members.

Pricing and Availability

StorageQuest’s REFLECTOR version 5 is available today for all Rimage systems. Pricing starts at US $795.00 for the SERVER EDITION. An optional CLIENT PAC, intended for users requiring the functionality of the server edition at their desktops, is available at US $150.00/ user in single quantities. Discounted multi-client packs are also available. The StorageQuest REFLECTOR products include a full year of software updates.

About StorageQuest

Since its inception in 1998, StorageQuest has pioneered technology, product, and open solutions that continue to drive the evolution of Net-attached optical storage. StorageQuest storage solutions include: Network attached appliances, storage management software, and services that provide seamless storage management for open network environments. StorageQuest, Inc. is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, www.StorageQuest.com.

About Rimage

Rimage Corporation (Nasdaq:RIMGNews), is the world’s leading provider of recordable CD/DVD publishing systems, which are used by businesses to produce discs with customized digital content on an on-demand basis. Rimage’s publishing systems, which span the range from high to low CD/DVD production volumes, integrate robotics, software and surface label printers into a complete publishing solution. Rimage Corporation is located in Minneapolis, MN, with operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. www.Rimage.com.

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StorageQuest & DISC-GmbH Announce Blu-Ray Archival Solutions

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StorageQuest & DISC-GmbH Announce Blu-Ray Archival Solutions

Companies Develop Future-Proof Optical Storage Archive Products

Ottawa, Canada – November 21, 2005 StorageQuest Inc. today announced its partnership with DISC-GmbH of Bingen, Germany to develop products which will provide users a seamless transition into Blu-ray optical storage technology from products currently being sold or which have already been installed.

“We are excited with the prospects of our partnership with DISC and what it means to users implementing archival storage solutions. Essentially what our companies have accomplished is a Future Proof solution for compliant archival storage, enabling customers to purchase compliant optical storage solutions with the upfront guarantee today that their investments can be seamlessly upgraded when Blu-ray storage products become available, which is estimated as early as Q2 of 2006” said Fred Bedard, StorageQuest’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our combined solution will provide a standard network connection with global management of DISC’s PDD optical libraries through our MSM 150 appliance. The MSM 150 will enable customers to deploy DISC libraries today and seamlessly transition to Blu-ray technology as the MSM 150 will manage both the PDD media and the Blu-Ray media in the same library. We are also including a built-in migration application to move data from PDD media to Blu-ray media automatically, enabling users to take immediate advantage of the higher capacity Blu-ray media which will range from 50GB when released and increasing to 200Gb in 2008. Customers will need only to download a small software update for the MSM 150 when transitioning to Blu-ray and within minutes they’ll be Blu-ray enabled! There is no additional cost to customers for this support; this is what we mean by a Future Proof solution.”

“The combination of the MSM 150 with DISC’s PDD libraries and roadmap to Blue-ray technology is the much needed step forward to a highly competitive archive solution with the focus on highest reliability, ease of use and best connectivity options to any operating system or application. The blue laser archive technology offers great opportunities for higher storage densities and lower price points. DISC is committed to be the first to market and to make these much anticipated advantages available to the industry.” said Horst Schellong, Managing Director of the DISC US office. “StorageQuest and DISC have teamed up to bridge seamlessly from the existing DVD and PDD archive technologies to the Blu-ray technology, offering unrivaled compatibility to CD/DVD technology while at the same time offering a roadmap towards 200GB per disc. This truly is a unique feature of the StorageQuest MSM and DISC libraries, to bridge all mainstream archive technologies from 10 years back to the distant future. The combination of the StorageQuest MSM and the DISC Blu-ray library will, for the first time, bring true write-once archive technology solutions to the 2US$/GB level. This is an exciting move to make this archive technology available to a wide market covering the capacity range from 1TB to 35TB.”

About the MSM 150

The StorageQuest MSM 150 family combines the latest hardware, networking and software technologies in an easy to use appliance package targeted to do one thing: “make compliant archival storage solutions network attached and open using proven industry standards”. The MSM 150 is currently shipping and available from authorized StorageQuest distributors and resellers worldwide with pricing starting under $5,000.00 USD.

About DISC Optical Solutions

DISC is the German manufacturer of optical libraries also known under the previous company name ‘NSM’, focusing on standardized archive technologies based on the 120mm form factor. The DVD and PDD library families are recognized for their industry ‘bests’ for reliability, performance and cost of ownership. The new Blu-ray technology adds a new dimension for performance and archive capacity with a maximum of 35TB per library driving the cost down to under 2US$/GB.

About StorageQuest

Since its inception in 1998, StorageQuest has pioneered technology, product, and open solutions that continue to drive the evolution of Net-attached optical storage. StorageQuest storage solutions include: Network attached appliances, storage management software, and services that provide seamless storage management for open network environments. StorageQuest, Inc. is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, www.StorageQuest.com.

About DISC GmbH

For 15 years and with more than 20,000 systems installed world wide, DISC is recognized as one of the leading and innovative optical data storage suppliers. DISC customers represent a ‘who’s who’ of industry, commerce and institutions world wide. Our unique and patented robotics, with their unequaled access speeds, is accepted to be among the fastest and most reliable available in the market today. Wherever revision-proof data mass storage is called for, DISC can offer the most competitively priced solution. DISC-GmbH is headquartered in Bingen, Germany, its USA office is located in Cupertino, CA;

T: 408.727.0620, [email protected], www.disc-gmbh.com.

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StorageQuest Selected by Banco Interfin of Costa Rica to Manage Document Archive

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StorageQuest Selected by Banco Interfin of Costa Rica to Manage Document Archive

Bank’s 30 million Documents to be Managed by Company’s Storage Appliance

Ottawa, Canada – November 15, 2005 StorageQuest Inc. today announced that its MSM 150 Storage Management Appliance has been selected as the archival management solution by Banco Interfin of Costa Rica.

Banco Interfin is a private bank located in Costa Rica, established in 1979. Corporación Interfin S.A. is dedicated to providing international financing and business services for industrial as well as commercial companies. Working with StorageQuest’s Central America reseller GSI, they have developed a document image archival solution to support the bank’s 700+ users within all of the banks agencies throughout the country.

“We are extremely pleased in earning the trust and confidence of Banco Interfin to provide the archival management solution for their entire archival repository which consists of checks, credit cards, corporate and personal credits, etc. Our reseller GSI was instrumental in this win by working closely with the bank’s staff and our company to develop a complete document and image archival solution centered on our MSM 150 appliance. The MSM 150 will provide network attached document caching and manage a Plasmon optical library where the permanent records will reside on WORM media” said Fred Bedard, StorageQuest’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We see this as just the beginning for us within the international marketplace as we have many similar projects currently in the works and this win clearly establishes a great reference for our company’s products.”

“The bank’s problem centered on greatly improving the response time for the bank’s 700 users, which was increasing and upsetting users due the high resolution of the images and number of users needing access to the information” said Jacobo Murillo Subirós, GSI’s General Manager. “To solve this situation, we decided the StorageQuest MSM 150 was the best all around solution. It will be used as both an 800GB network cache where we can have most of the 30M images and manage the optical library archive to improve the response time to end users.”

About the MSM 150

The StorageQuest MSM 150 family combines the latest hardware, networking and software technologies in an easy to use appliance package targeted to do one thing: “make compliant archival storage solutions network attached and open using proven industry standards”. The MSM 150 is currently shipping and available from authorized StorageQuest distributors and resellers worldwide with pricing starting under $5,000.00 USD.

About StorageQuest

Since its inception in 1998, StorageQuest has pioneered technology, product, and open solutions that continue to drive the evolution of Net-attached optical storage. StorageQuest storage solutions include: Network attached appliances, storage management software, and services that provide seamless storage management for open network environments. StorageQuest, Inc. is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, www.StorageQuest.com.

About GSI

Headquartered in Panamá, Panamá, Grupo de Soluciones Informáticas GSI, S. A., is the regional leader in Central America and the Caribbean in solutions for document and content administration, and office automation. GSI has offices in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; and also has local experienced partners in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic which have the adequate infrastructure for giving all products and services needed in any automation project. Tel: (507) 210-0201;Fax: (507) 210-0210, [email protected] gsi.net.

GSI http://www.e-gsi.net

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