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KOM Networks and Nishan Systems Form Technical Partnership

Palm Desert CA, USA – April 9, 2001

KOM Networks, Inc., and Nishan Systems today announced that they have signed a technical agreement to work together with their complementary technologies, KOM Networks' leading storage virtualization software, KOMworx®, and Nishan's IPS 3000 Series of storage switches, to provide a total storage virtualization solution for hardware and software.

The KOMworx® enterprise-wide storage management product allows organizations to integrate multiple data storage devices, media, software applications and hardware components seamlessly across an entire network into one homogeneous virtual storage space.

The IPS 3000 Series allows organizations to deploy a robust, high-speed storage network using readily available Gigabit Ethernet and IP network infrastructure products. Using Storage over IP™ technology (SoIP™), the IPS 3000 Series transparently connects native Fibre Channel hosts and devices to an IP SAN.

"This strategic alliance with Nishan Systems provides the customers of both companies with continued access to the best available technology in storage virtualization. Used together, these technologies will deliver higher levels of data integrity, accessibility, and manageability," said KOM Networks President Jeffrey Dale. "KOMworx® acts in a complementary fashion with Nishan's IP storage products and together they provide a total storage virtualization solution."

"We are pleased to be entering into this alliance with KOM Networks, in the rapidly expanding field of storage virtualization," said Randy Fardal, vice president of marketing at Nishan Systems. "It is an excellent way for our companies to work together and to expand our relationship over time."

The market for storage networking products is expected to exceed $2 billion over the next two years, according to IDC.

About KOM Networks

KOM Networks is a world leading provider of flexible, secure data archiving and storage management software. Over 10,000 of the world's leading corporations have recognized KOM Networks as the most logical, unobtrusive and secure way to store, access and protect their data. KOM is enabling enterprises large and small a cost effective way to improve productivity and meet compliance requirements without altering their network infrastructure or daily business routines. The industry pioneer holds vital industry patents for electronic file lifecycle management, virtual file management and eWORM fixed content hard disk archiving. Find out how KOM Networks can help you implement a comprehensive information lifecycle solution to optimize your existing storage environment and meet your compliance requirements. Contact us at 1-888-556-6462, sales@komnetworks.com or visit our website for more information. www.komnetworks.com.

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Contact Information:   Barbara Tarallo
KOM Software, Marketing Department
Tel: +1(613)599-7205
Fax: +1(613)599-7206
Email: sales@komsoftware.com
Website: www.komsoftware.com

About Nishan Systems

Nishan Systems, the world's first supplier of native IP storage solutions, builds storage networking products based on IP and Ethernet, the worldwide networking standards. Long-thought impossible, Storage over IP (SoIP™) is a broad-based revolution, led by Nishan, to use the ubiquitous Internet Protocol (IP) and Gigabit Ethernet to rapidly transfer large blocks of data between servers and storage devices. The highly reliable and manageable SoIP SAN fabric extends seamlessly from the data centre to the metro area and beyond. And perhaps most significant, Nishan's SoIP products are fully compatible with the millions of LAN, MAN, and WAN routers and switches already installed and mastered by IT professionals. Nishan Systems, a full voting member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), is based in San Jose, California, and can be reached at www.NishanSystems.com, and at 408-519-3700.

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