POWAY, CA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - BridgeSTOR, LLC, today announced that it has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) to provide the first Application Optimized Storage (AOS) appliance equipped with Symantec Backup Exec 2010 deduplication suite. Designed to bring unparalleled data reduction technology to the SMB arena, the BridgeSTOR AOS appliance combines the functionality of a backup server with a deduplication appliance and a storage array in a space- and cost-effective 2U package. Featuring both client and server backup data deduplication, BridgeSTOR appliances dramatically reduce backup-to-disk capacity requirements, backup and recovery time and network traffic. In addition, by offering remote site consolidation and disaster recovery capabilities, the BridgeSTOR appliance is the ideal choice for mid-sized businesses implementing a comprehensive data protection strategy.

BridgeSTOR's OEM agreement with Symantec allows BridgeSTOR to deliver a first-in-the-industry deduplicating backup appliance with hardware-accelerated inline data compression, a full backup media server software license, and up to 16 TB of backup-to-disk storage capacity. It also provides disaster recovery site replication, optional tape library connectivity and optional client-side deduplication for backing up remote locations.

Additionally, Symantec will provide one year of 7 x 24 support on its Deduplication Suite to all BridgeSTOR AOS Backup Exec 2010 customers.

BridgeSTOR's AOS Backup Exec 2010 Deduplicating Backup Appliance, with a starting MSRP of $18,995 (which includes the pre-installed and preconfigured Symantec Backup Exec 2010 Deduplication Suite and one year of Symantec 7 x 24 service and support), is an all-in-one appliance that reduces backup data by as much as 90 percent. It effectively delivers the equivalent of up to 144 TB of virtual backup-to-disk capacity in just 2U of rack space containing up to 25 2.5-inch low energy consumption disk drives.

The combination of Backup Exec and BridgeSTOR's innovative Virtual Storage-Advanced Data Reduction (VS-ADR™) platform together perform inline data deduplication, hardware-based compression, thin provisioning and encryption to satisfy demanding backup-to-disk storage requirements while significantly reducing overall storage costs.

"The addition of data deduplication to Backup Exec's Deduplication Suite has transformed the economics of data protection. With our appliance-based approach to improving resource utilization and performance, BridgeSTOR is positioned to change the industry again," said BridgeSTOR founder and CEO John Matze.

BridgeSTOR now offers AOS Appliances for VMware Virtualization, Backup Exec 2010, Microsoft DPM and Network Storage. AOS Appliances start at MSRPs under $20,000 and are available exclusively through select channel partners. BridgeSTOR recently announced two AOS High Density products -- the AOS High Density DPM Storage Appliance and the AOS High Density Network Storage Appliance, starting at $325 per Terabyte. Please see www.bridgestor.com to locate a partner or for more information.

About BridgeSTOR
BridgeSTOR is redefining the cost per terabyte equation through advanced data reduction appliances for the mid-sized business or enterprise. BridgeSTOR Storage Appliances complement widely-adopted IT applications for medium-sized companies as well as departments and workgroups within large enterprises. With data reduction up to 90 percent, BridgeSTOR Storage Appliances effectively deliver the equivalent of hundreds of TBs of virtual storage capacity with unmatched rack space efficiency and low energy consumption disk drives that dramatically reduce power consumption, cooling and data center foot print. Follow BridgeSTOR on Twitter and Facebook.

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