Hi-Stor and Sun Microsystems Sign a Worldwide Business Partner Agreement for the StorSentry™ Software Solution

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The availability of Hi-Stor's StorSentry™ to Sun Microsystems' customers paves way for comprehensive tape drive and media management. StorSentry™ provides a comprehensive solution for managing proactively the quality and the performance of large tape automation storage infrastructures. Hi-Stor & Sun teams will work together to deliver the highest value to large IT data centers management teams who call for a permanent improvement of the quality and performance of their tape storage infrastructure. While minimizing risks and optimizing costs & resources, StorSentry™ also matches the need for green solutions at large data centers.

Hi-Stor, a leading provider of high impact storage management software solutions, and Sun Microsystems, the key leader and innovator in the storage industry for years, have signed together a Business Partner Agreement.

Through this agreement, Sun sales forces are now able to sell the Hi-Stor StorSentryTM solution along with Sun StorageTek high reputation offerings for tape storage infrastructures. The execution of the agreement will cover first North America and Europe where both partners are present and where the key targeted customers are today. It will then be extended to the rest of the world.

StorSentry™ provides a comprehensive solution for managing proactively the quality and the performance of large tape automation storage infrastructures.

StorSentry™ is an open system solution, which runs on Solaris and Windows, and uses Sun MySQL Enterprise database to store its information. StorSentry™ is well integrated with the Sun high end and mid range tape automation systems and software (StorageTek LTO and T10000 drives, VTL Plus or Prime virtualization systems, and SL500 - SL3000 - SL8500 library systems...). StorSentry™ flexible and scalable architecture is a distinctive advantage for satisfying large data centers requirements, covering both mainframe and open systems environments, taking advantage in particular of the Sun StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager, the market-leading mainframe virtual tape solution.

Hi-Stor & Sun teams will work together to deliver the highest value to large IT data centers management teams who call for a permanent improvement of the quality and performance of their tape storage infrastructure. While minimizing risks and optimizing costs & resources, StorSentry™ also matches the need for green solutions at large data centers.

The StorSentry™ solution has already proven its ability to deliver results on many large accounts and data centers in America and Europe. Global visibility on the quality of the infrastructure, proactive detection of drive or media failures, better discrimination of problems, ease of IT operations and ongoing optimization are day-to-day advantages praised by customers.

« For Hi-Stor, this agreement is a key step in the development of our worldwide software strategy targeting large data centers that demand efficient monitoring of the quality and performance of their high volume tape storage infrastructures. We are very pleased and proud that Sun chose our StorSentryTM solution. We will deliver together higher value and a very competitive offering for customers», comments Fernando Moreira, President & CEO, Hi-Stor Technologies.

This agreement has been signed early July 2008 and put in place immediately by Hi-Stor and Sun through common training and information sessions toward Sun sales forces during summer. In parallel, common sales offers are already in process for key common prospects or customers.

About Hi-Stor
Hi-Stor is a leading provider of high impact storage management software solutions. The company's award-winning applications and services enable organizations to reduce data loss risks and to optimize their storage assets. Leading companies and large industry players use Hi-Stor's innovative software to improve the quality of their storage management architecture and solutions. Hi-Stor's software solutions (StorSentryTM & StorBeeTM) are based on more than 10 years of high innovation R&D and Services focused on storage management by worldwide recognized experts. Hi-Stor large customers and industry partners worldwide include Ascent Media, BnF, Imation, Orange, Quantum, Red Bee BBC, Sun and Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc. Founded in 1997, Hi-Stor has offices in the United States (Boulder, CO & Boston, MA), France (Toulouse & Paris) and is represented in UK, Italy and Germany. Additional information about Hi-Stor can be found at Hi-Stor web site.

Hi-Stor and StorSentry are trademarks or registered trademarks from Hi-Stor Technologies. Sun, Sun Microsystems, Solaris, MySQL and StorageTek are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies.

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