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KOM Networks appoints ACAL IT as European Distributor

Agreement to expand KOM Networks presence in the EMEA market and generate revenue growth

Ottawa, ON Canada and Hampshire, UK – October 24, 2005

KOM Networks, Inc., a global leader of storage management software solutions featuring Compliance, Archiving and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM), and Headway Technology, a business division of ACAL IT, Europe's premier specialist distributor for document management and storage products, today jointly announced a partnership agreement to distribute KOM Networks storage management software products throughout Europe. The addition of ACAL IT strengthens KOM Networks channel growth by expanding the distribution of KOMworx software throughout Europe.

KOMworx, KOM Networks' industry leading software, provides policy-based, dynamically managed storage solutions that help a wide range of organizations archive and protect digital assets across multiple storage devices and operating platforms. KOMworx adaptive design enables customers to combine various storage technologies, including hard disk, SAN and NAS, into a single global namespace for easy manageability. KOMworx software provides Hard Disk Fixed Content Archiving (e-WORM), e-WORM++ (combines optical media WORM permanence with high performance disk storage), data shredding, ILM, NAS aggregation, dynamic capacity management and obsolescence protection.

"We have looked at KOMworx software for some time now and are impressed with its versatile offering especially the global namespace ability and the e-WORM functionality. There is nothing like this in the European market today and we feel that KOMworx compliance enabling solutions add tremendous value to our current offering of document management and storage solutions," said David Lewis, Managing Director of ACAL IT. "Our customers are looking for solutions that can help manage data storage efficiently and easily. They will be excited to hear that the e-WORM feature allows their existing disk-based IT assets as well as new proposed systems meet regulatory compliance requirements for storage. KOMworx is the ideal choice," Mr. Lewis continued.

ACAL IT, a recognized and experienced distributor of document management and storage products, will be a part of KOM Networks European distribution channel. It is well positioned to meet the increasing requirements of the information management marketplace. ACAL IT's unique distribution model allows it to work closely with its associated companies, System Integrators & Solution Providers to ensure that customers receive independent advice. KOM Networks partnership with ACAL IT's will allow it to better service its European channels, leveraging ACAL IT's experience promoting, servicing, and supporting IT solutions for document management and storage solutions.

"KOM Networks has an established presence in Europe with major customers including BMW, BASF, Toto Loto, LEGO and has made a strong commitment to expand its European Channel. ACAL IT's focus on document management and storage solutions is the perfect fit for our compliance and data archiving solutions and its distribution model and network presence offers the opportunity to expand our presence in Europe," said Dr. Taher Shaath, Chief Executive Officer, KOM Networks. "There is a growing demand for compliance enabling solutions in Europe and ACAL IT recognizes the potential of this market. We welcome ACAL IT into our KOMunity Partner Program and expect a mutually prosperous relationship," Dr. Shaath added.


ACAL IT is an ACAL PLC company created in April 2005 by combining three established European IT products distribution companies within the Acal Group, Headway Technology, Acal Storage Networks and Acal Networks. One of the key areas of Acal's IT business has been through Headway Technology which was established in 1985 to focus on the Electronic Document Management market. As one of the first European companies to focus in this field, the Company has an enviable reputation across the main territories of Europe for it's knowledge and experience. The ACAL Group has over 1000 employees and is a leading pan European value added distributor providing specialist design in sales and marketing services for international suppliers in the fields of Electronic Components, Industrial Controls, I.T. Products and I.T. parts and services.

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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KOM Software, Marketing Department
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