B&L Associates Partners with Imation to Deliver Next-Generation Tape Tracking System Software


NEEDHAM, Mass., March 5 -- B&L Associates, Inc., the leader in open systems tape management solutions today announced that Imation Corp (NYSE:IMN), a worldwide leader in removable data storage, has selected B&L's VaultLedger® and Vertices® tape management software solutions for Imation's new RFID-based DataGuard rf(TM) Tape Tracking System. Imation's DataGuard system, integrated with VaultLedger or Vertices, helps administrators store, protect, track and instantly locate an audit trail of every data cartridge within their libraries.

Both tape management solutions give data centers complete control over all the media in their organizations with a single, easy-to-use application and make media management and complying with regulations such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley quick, accurate and simple.

VaultLedger is the perfect tool for the enterprise that needs to track physical tapes and create calendar-based movement lists. Vertices is a bit more robust and ideal for the enterprise that bases tape movement on the data contained on the tapes. Both systems track media at data center storage sites, monitor usage and movements, create and automate rotation cycles, and virtually eliminate the risk of accidental erasure of important information. Additional options are available such as automatic input from enterprise backup solutions and automatic logging of reports from legacy environments. No matter which system is chosen, the end result is greater accuracy and efficiency along with a complete audit trail for both internal and external auditors.

"Our marketing leading tape management products combined with Imation's RFID technology raises the bar on accuracy and efficiency for tape tracking systems," said Michael Kramer, VP Sales and Marketing, B&L Associates. "For IT Directors and Auditors, this means more quickly and effectively achieving their short- and long-term goals."

With RFID-tagged labels affixed to each tape cartridge, administrators can easily "check in" and "check out" each cartridge via entry and exit workstations. The cartridges -- or case of cartridges -- are then tracked via the B&L VaultLedger or Vertices software.

"Imation is pleased to incorporate highly regarded software technologies from B&L Associates into the DataGuard rf Tape Tracking System," said James Milligan, General Manager, Commercial/OEM Division, Imation. "VaultLedger and Vertices tape management software provide an excellent fit for our needs and the needs of our data center customers. Our relationship with B&L Associates is another indication of our commitment to delivering the best and most complete data center solutions in the industry."

Imation's ground-breaking DataGuard rf Tape Tracking system featuring B&L's VaultLedger and Vertices systems increases the reliability of a company's tracking, inventory, and overall management of the data center while decreasing the amount of time data center personnel spend on managing tape libraries.

About B&L Associates, Inc.

Since 1975, B&L Associates, Inc. has offered the most powerful, flexible and robust data center operations automation products and storage management solutions available for open and legacy environments. That's why industry- leading companies in 26 countries around the world like Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Qualcomm, to name a few, rely on B&L for their tape management needs. Additional information about B&L Associates is available at www.bandl.com, by calling 800-OKBANDL (800-652-2635), or through the product Web sites at www.vaultledger.com and www.vertices.net.

About Imation Corp

Imation Corp is the only company in the world solely focused on the development, manufacture and supply of removable data storage products spanning the four pillars of magnetic, optical, flash and removable hard disk storage. With more than 50 years of data storage leadership beginning with the development of the world's first computer tape, in 2006 Imation proudly marked its tenth anniversary as an independent company. In addition to the Imation brand, Imation Corp's global brand portfolio includes the Memorex brand; one of the most widely recognized names in the consumer electronics industry, famous for the slogan, "Is it live or is it Memorex?" Additional information about Imation is available at www.imation.com or by calling 1-888-466-3456.

Source: B&L Associates, Inc.

CONTACT:

Michael Kramer or L.J. DiCarlo

B&L Associates, Inc.

+1-781-444-1404

Web site: www.bandl.com/

http://www.imation.com/

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