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Implementation of UDO technology extends across all archiving products providing customers with 300% increase in capacity. . .

Ottawa, ON Canada – August 30, 2004

KOM Networks, a global leader in storage management software specializing in Archiving, Security and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) software solutions today announced the support for 30GB UDO drive Technology available from HP and Plasmon.

"UDO technology is expanding the market for optical storage and offering the customers a cost effective way to deal with the increased need for preserving data for regulatory compliance, as well as providing a key component for Information Lifecycle Management strategies and addressing critical data retention issues," said Tom Sas, product manager for HP Automated Storage. He added, "KOM's inclusion of this technology in their solutions that support ILM and compliance is a welcome addition."

The increased capacity and data transfer rate of the new 30GB UDO drives address the customer's demand for higher capacity media and libraries to meet their increased archival storage needs supporting compliance with the various government regulations DoD, HIPPA, SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley GBLA, NARA, NASD.

"We are pleased to have KOM add UDO technology to their portfolio. We're confident in the value it will add to solutions for their customers. UDO is extremely cost-competitive in terms of initial purchase price, and on-going maintenance and operating costs," said Dave DuPont, Vice President of Marketing for Plasmon. "This announcement further demonstrates the overwhelming industry support for UDO and illustrates the strategic role of optical technology in an information lifecycle. Only UDO delivers compliant archival storage and unmatched data longevity with very low TCO."

The new UDO drives offers an increase of data transfer rate of up to 33%, and an increase in capacity of 300% over the previous versions of optical products..

"We are very pleased to be able to extend our technology offerings to our Customers, Channels and OEMs." said Dr. Taher Shaath, Chief Executive Officer, KOM Networks. "By providing larger capacity and high data transfer rates, we are able to help customers satisfy focus on two key concerns, lowering the total cost of ownership and providing technology to meet their regulatory requirements."

Today the archival requirements continue to increase. Customers are looking for solutions that are easy to use, and provide seamless integration with high capacity hardware. Our storage management software solution (KOMworx), delivers all the key components for a company to implement a comprehensive ILM strategy and maximize not only their current hardware, but additionally allow for the transparent introduction of new hardware into the equation, thereby maximizing the use of their available investment dollars


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 HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing For the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2004, HP revenue totaled $76.8 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

About Plasmon

Plasmon is the world leader in professional archival solutions, providing a comprehensive line of optical libraries, drives and media. Customers include corporations, institutions and government agencies worldwide and are backed by a global service and support network. Founded in 1985, Plasmon is listed on the London Stock Exchange, (LSE: PLM), and had fiscal year 2003 sales revenues of $95 million. Worldwide headquarters are in Cambridge, England with US Sales and Manufacturing based in Colorado. Plasmon has regional sales offices throughout Europe and North America. For more information, visit www.plasmon.com or www.plasmon.co.uk.

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