HELIOS Offers Free "mkisofs" Utility That Can Be Used to Create UDF Disk Images for Backups, File Archives and System Snapshots

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HELIOS mkisofs utility creates read-only UDF disk images for hardware independent file archives and system snapshots. HELIOS mkisofs can be used to backup critical files, or entire systems, and adds another option and different features to the category of backup and archive solutions such as Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, Xtar, rsync and Disk Utility.

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into a general purpose solution which allows archiving Mac, Windows, and UNIX specific files with their attributes into UDF disk images which can easily be mounted by Mac and Windows users]

HELIOS Software GmbH has released for free download the ultimate cross-platform "mkisofs" disk image utility that enables flexible disk image creation for file archives and backups of critical files that goes far beyond simple DVD image creation. HELIOS "mkisofs" can be used for system snapshots, cross-platform archives, legal preservation, platform independent file transfer and as a simple and affordable backup software utility.

As a leading developer of cross-platform networking, file transfer, PDF and image server solutions, HELIOS Software takes pride in passing on its accumulated development experience to the Open Source community. HELIOS has extended the open source "mkisofs" utility, removing size and format limitations, making it a powerful and flexible tool ideal for creating data archives and custom universal disk format (UDF) images. It is scriptable for automated tasks (including scheduled backups) and can be used interactively (via "hot folders").

With built-in cross-platform support for preserving Mac and Windows file attributes, HELIOS "mkisofs" is hardware independent and creates disk images that can be read on multiple platforms. This makes HELIOS "mkisofs" suitable for long-term, archival applications where future OS and hardware requirements are unknown. Additionally, since HELIOS "mkisofs" creates "read-only" disk images, it can be used for preservation and legal archival documentation as it provides an uneditable snapshot of system files, documents or other data.    

"Today's growing disk capacities and inexpensive external disk systems allow storing read-only archives quickly on disk instead of burning media or using proprietary tape formats," explained Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO and president of HELIOS. "HELIOS created a general purpose version of "mkisofs" capable of creating disk image archives that preserve Mac, Windows and UNIX attributes, and that can be easily mounted by Mac or Windows users."

For more information about the background and development of "mkisofs" in the open source community and the system requirements, and how its use would differ from alternatives such as Apple Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, HELIOS Xtar, rsync and Disk Utility (Apple), see http://www.helios.de/news/news07/mkisofs.phtml

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HELIOS UB Unbreakable Server Solutions deliver mission critical server solutions to enterprise, government, university and prepress sites. WebShare, EtherShare and PCShare provide integrated cross-platform networking for Mac, Windows and Web clients, with advanced file and print server services, and easy remote server administration. HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake and PrintPreview bring high efficiency and advanced capabilities to design, prepress and printing operations.

HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers including Apple Mac OS X, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, Sun Solaris and Windows systems. HELIOS products provide reliable cross-platform support for Macintosh, Windows, Web and UNIX-based clients.

Distributors sell HELIOS products worldwide to value-added resellers who provide complete networking solutions to customers. HELIOS also works with many strategic partners that incorporate HELIOS server software to provide powerful third party archive, asset management and workflow solutions.

For U.S. Sales:
European MikroGraf Corp.: 916-923-3520; E-mail: sales (at) ugraf.com; http://www.ugraf.com

Editorial contact:

Helmut Tschemernjak, HELIOS Software GmbH, Steinriede 3, D-30827 Garbsen, Germany; Tel +49-5131-709320 Fax +49 5131-709325; E-mail: mktg (at) helios.de; Internet: http://www.helios.com

Thomas Hallinan, HELIOS Software GmbH, 209-827-2760, mktg (at) helios.de
Bill Gram-Reefer, WORLDVIEW, 925-459-8537, reefer (at) worldviewpr.com


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