BakBone Software (TSX:BKB) (Pink Sheets: BKBO), a global provider of data protection software, today announced that WD-40 Company has slashed the time it takes to conduct full backups by a third after switching to BakBone's NetVault from Veritas Backup Exec.

WD-40 Company uses NetVault to manage its data backup and recovery needs in its San Diego headquarters, including a number of mission-critical Web applications linked to a Microsoft SQL Server database, as well as all the company's IT department operations. Following the recommendation of San Diego-based networked storage provider Zzyzx, WD-40 recruited NetVault for SQL after searching for a solution that would enable the company to address its shrinking backup window and demand for rapid restores of critical applications.

Using BakBone's Virtual Disk Library (VDL) technology, which redirects the backup stream to disk instead of tape, WD-40 found that it was able not only to speed up the backup process by 90 percent, but that it could also significantly reduce the time required to restore data. Additionally, NetVault is working to address WD-40's Sarbanes-Oxley compliance needs by addressing the importance of maintaining the integrity and privacy of electronic data by fully archiving the data and restoring it when needed.

"I can now handle in 30 minutes what used to take me five hours -- it's tremendous," said Joy Puterbaugh, senior IS administrator at WD-40, citing the company's 90 percent improvement in time required to incrementally back up SQL Server. "I use the time saved to focus on more pressing tasks than worry about backups. Using NetVault, we sleep better knowing that our SQL data is backed up properly, which was a concern with our previous backup solution. Also, NetVault's enhanced reporting allows us to schedule reports on different aspects of NetVault's operation. Instead of receiving 18 emails now every time a job finishes, I get one fully comprehensive report tailored to my needs."

"BakBone is committed to providing customers data protection solutions that help corporate IT set and administer policies for data availability, as well as products that are easy to implement and use that translate directly into cost savings for IT management," said Scott Petersen, vice president of North American sales, BakBone Software. "We're pleased to be selected by WD-40 and look forward to continuing to support their efforts to centralise data management and address availability for compliance purposes across their organisation."

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