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Effigent, Under Agreement With IBM, Launches CDP4Mac

IBM Software Powers New Continuous Data Protection Solution for Mac Users; New Solution Helps Protect Pepperdine University Student Work

ARMONK, NY and SAN JOSE, CA - 27 Oct 2008: Effigent, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise solutions for the Apple platform, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an OEM agreement under which Effigent has created CDP4Mac, an Apple OS X version of IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files software. Under the agreement, Effigent has embedded IBM's data protection software to provide data backup and restore functionality for Mac users.

IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files software was originally designed to provide a simple data backup and recovery solution for PC users. IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files continuously protects important files automatically, without requiring users to schedule backups. A copy of the file is stored on a local disk, while other copies can be sent to a file server or other device.

Embedded with IBM's software, the new data protection solution created by Effigent, CDP4Mac, was developed to help Mac users guard against data loss caused by file corruption, user error, virus, or system failure. The software installs and configures in minutes, and runs invisibly in the background utilizing minimal system resources. CDP4Mac is a Mac native application designed and built specifically for laptop and desktop backup that can be leveraged by an individual Mac user or thousands of clients in an enterprise.

"More than 90 percent of corporate data now lives on the edge in end user desktops and laptops," said Obul Kambham, Effigent's CEO & Founder. "This data often contains work-critical documents and information. At the same time, businesses now face more complex compliance regulations and standards. It is therefore more important than ever to ensure this valuable information is not lost. By leveraging IBM's software, we were able to create CDP4Mac to offer a high level of protection to both the individual and corporate Mac user community."

"IBM offers innovative software that can be easily integrated into business partner technologies in order to rapidly deliver new solutions that address the needs of their customers," said Daren Hanson, director, IBM OEM software sales. "Through this OEM agreement, Effigent has built upon IBM's software to offer a data protection solution developed specifically for the Mac community."

Students in Pepperdine University's Natural Science Division are using Macs to house important educational information such as class projects, papers and lecture notes. "Utilizing the Effigent/IBM Continuous Data Protection (CDP) solution has greatly enhanced the Natural Science Division's system backup and restore ability," said Douglas Gilbert, Technology Liaison, Natural Science Division, Pepperdine University. "The user-friendly interface combined with the solution's multifaceted options resulted in a seamless, efficient implementation. We are grateful for CDP4Mac and its demonstrated results."

The Effigent CDP4Mac software is available for purchase now at http://www.cdp4mac.com.

About Effigent, Inc.
Founded in December 2000, Effigent is recognized as a software company capable of delivering Innovative and Cost effective Business Management solutions on the Apple and Open Source platforms. The company has a strong Sales, Marketing and Technology partnership with Apple, and a global presence, with offices in San Jose, CA, and an offshore Development Center in India. In its Consulting Services division, Effigent builds custom applications using Apple and Open Source technologies. It also has Outsourced Product Development, and helps in porting of solutions to the Apple platform. On the Products side, Effigent has leveraged its expertise on the latest Apple technologies and strong partnerships developed with Apple to build a set of powerful and versatile frameworks and tools. This provides a platform on which Business applications can be built rapidly for its own products as well as specialized solutions for partners, in different vertical markets.

About IBM
For more information about IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files software, visit http://www-306.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/continuous-data-protection/

Contact(s) information

Meredith Hannon
IBM Media Relations
Office: 512-740-3285
merhannon@us.ibm.com

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