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KOM Networks Extends Its Support to Sony's Next Generation Ultra Density Optical (UDO) Format

Palm Desert CA, USA - April 10, 2001

KOM Networks, a leading storage management software provider, today announced its support of Sony's next-generation optical data storage system, provisionary named "5.25-inch Ultra Density Optical (UDO) Format". The UDO format is being developed to satisfy the market's need for higher capacity optical storage by offering 40GB of recording capacity.

The UDO format will utilize violet laser at 405nm wavelength and a land-groove recording system to produce a high-density optical storage disk. Sony is planning to finalize the UDO format by spring of 2001 and launch the product in late 2002.

"We are very pleased that KOM Networks is announcing its support of our UDO format," said Toshi Kawai, Marketing Manager of MO drives for Sony Electronics' Component Company. "KOM Networks and Sony have closely worked together for more than two decades, providing customers with the most reliable and effective storage solutions. This endorsement illustrates our joint commitment to spearheading the development of next-generation optical storage solutions."

"Sony has been the technological driving force behind the evolution of optical storage as we know it today. KOM Networks is pleased to share the vision with Sony, as they have demonstrated their continued commitment to customers and the development of innovative storage technologies," said Kamel Shaath, CTO of KOM Networks. "Our support for Sony's newest technology ensures that our clients will be able to employ the latest technological advancements to their advantage as soon as they are available."

KOM Networks' key philosophy is to develop storage management software that maintains technology and vendor neutrality in order to enable scalable storage strategies. This concept ensures that enterprises and organizations meet current needs while allowing future growth.

Sony's recently launched 14X MO 5.25" disk system holds 9.1GB and is currently a market leader for MO disk capacity. MO recording technology is widely used in a vast number of applications . It is a n integral component of mission critical applications and data sensitive storage configurations. In anticipation of a surging demand for digital data storage areas, Sony is using high-density optical disk technology to develop its latest UDO storage system.

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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