Panasonic accelerates DVD-RAM adoption for UNIX/Linux platforms

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Panasonic
today announced that it will expand its SW-9571-CYY DVD MULTI Drive support for
the UNIX/Linux platforms through a set of new customers that includes KOM
Networks, Luminex and Objective Data Storage. These three join a prestigious
list of UNIX/Linux supporters, including LoneStar Software, MusicMatch and
InterVideo, Inc.

Support for the UNIX/Linux
platforms continues to make strides in the PC industry year after year.
Panasonic recognized this trend early on and has been working to accelerate
adoption of DVD-RAM technology with products that support UNIX/Linux OS,
enhancing the workstation environment and consumer applications.

“Panasonic continues to expand DVD-RAM’s reach into
the UNIX/Linux platforms by focusing on new customers that can add robust
offerings to the popular platforms,” said Dana Berzin, Product Manager for
Panasonic’s OEM computer drives. “The DVD MULTI Drive provides the perfect
option-rich hardware addition to the growing software support for UNIX/Linux.”

The UNIX computing environment has long enjoyed a
great reputation for being associated with enterprise class, robust, secure,
business and mission critical implementations. Recognizing the great potential
of consolidating technology in these environments, KOM Networks extended support
for the Panasonic OEM DVD MULTI drive to deliver DVD technology to their base of
OptiServer customers and users.

“In a world driven by automation and expediency,
access to information is paramount. The power of using one single device to
access and author DVD-RAM/DVD-R/DVD-RW/CD-R/CD-RW as well as read DVD-ROM/CD-ROM
is the most appropriate vehicle to allow organizations to transition from CD to
DVD technology without compromising accessibility,” said Dan Tanner, Vice
President for Business Development at KOM Networks. “Now our customers have the
flexibility of the most appropriate storage medium to meet application specific,
departmental, organizational as well as regulatory compliance without having to
modify their software applications.”

For key small business applications, companies such
as Objective Data Storage have chosen the powerful combination of
DVD-RAM/DVD-R/DVD-RW to deliver data management software to their customers
operating on the UNIX/Linux platforms. DVD-RAM is not only fast, but it can
handle large volumes of data on one 9.4GB DVD with rewriteability to
approximately 100,000 times. In addition, thanks to advanced defect management
and the power behind UNIX/Linux, users can rely on speedy, worry-free recording
when archiving and burning data. Ultimately, users will be able to increase
efficiency and accessibility in the workplace, and interact with
mission-critical applications easier; all to enhance the user experience and
increase ROI.

“Data is an organization’s lifeline, and we make it
our business to deliver best of breed data storage products that support the
growing UNIX/Linux space, which is why we chose DVD-RAM technology as a core
piece of that solution, ” said Boyce McCorkle, President and CEO of Objective
Data Storage. “Panasonic’s strength in the DVD market, the quality and
cost-effectiveness of its products, and the fact that we now deliver our
customers more reliable innovative tools, make this an invaluable relationship
between our two companies.”

The unique benefits of DVD-RAM over other formats
add a new robustness to interacting with media and data via the UNIX/Linux
platforms. DVD-RAM media offers users the benefits of defect management, on-disc
editing and mixed file formats accessibility on one disc. In addition, the OEM
MULTI Drive offers near universal media compatibility, allowing UNIX/Linux users
the capability of archiving and burning media files to DVD-R and DVD-RW.

In addition to storage and business solutions,
applications and products supported by the UNIX/Linux platforms are becoming
more closely associated with consumer electronics and multi-media software, as
in the case of InterVideo and MusicMatch. Now, users have the choice of
employing either the Windows or UNIX/Linux operating systems — combined with
DVD-RAM functionality — to manage and manipulate data from video to music to
simple text files.

Panasonic is renowned for providing innovative
electronics to consumers, business and industrial customers, delivering
invaluable tools and much valued entertainment. Today the company is focused on
the widespread adoption of DVD-RAM for both consumer and vertical markets as
well as for emerging platforms. Companies like Luminex, a leading supplier of
data distribution, archiving and storage products, have integrated the OEM MULTI
Drive into data archiving solutions for UNIX/Linux users.

“Long-term data archiving — especially email
archiving — is becoming a critical IT issue these days, and Luminex leverages
only the best in optical technologies in the industry to tackle it,” said Art
Tolsma, CEO of Luminex. “Solutions like Data|WARE Workstation for the UNIX
environment — working with the robust features of the MULTI Drive — provide a
non-changing, reliable archiving media needed to meet obligations for critical
information and deliver higher performance than ever before.”

KOM Networks, Luminex Software, Inc. and Objective
Storage are not a part or in any way legally affiliated with Panasonic
Industrial Company. Panasonic Industrial Company assumes no responsibility for
the performance of or customer satisfaction with their products. All company
and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their
respective manufacturers. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are
subject to change without notice.

About Panasonic

Panasonic is the best known brand name of Osaka,
Japan-based Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE:
MCNews), one of the world’s leading
producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and
industrial use. Additional information on Panasonic and Matsushita Electric is
available at For more
information on the Panasonic DVD MULTI OEM drive and DVD media, contact
Panasonic Industrial Company, 2033 Gateway Place, Suite 200, San Jose CA 95110;
408.487-9510, FAX 408.436-8037, E-mail Or, visit the
company’s Web site at

About KOM Networks, Inc.

KOM NETWORKS Inc. was founded in Ottawa, Ontario,
in 1969 and has been providing innovative, leading-edge data storage software
solutions since 1983. KOM’s automated, policy-based file management, storage
utilization and data archival software products provide enterprises with
unmatched control over their data, for the life of their data, utilizing a wide
range of storage technologies. These solutions incorporate standard native file
systems in Windows NT/2000/XP/2003, UNIX and VMS platforms to provide investment
protection and long-term data access. KOM Networks is well known for providing
its customers with Live 24×7 Technical Support. KOM’s full-featured,
easy-to-integrate and easy-to-manage technologies let you have Storage, The Way
You Want It(TM).

About Luminex Software,

Luminex develops distinctive data storage products
that tackle the complex challenges of storing, archiving, distributing and
protecting data. Complemented by quality customer service, Luminex’s innovative
products create real value for our customers. The Data|WARE(TM) product family
simplifies CD and DVD creation for small to large businesses in finance,
healthcare, prepress, government and education. Luminex’s Virtual|BLUE(TM) line
of parallel channel and ESCON emulators links IBM and plug-compatible mainframes
with UNIX and Microsoft® systems, resulting in improved operations and economics
for large data centers. Founded in 1994, Luminex is privately held and
headquartered in Riverside, California, with additional offices in San Diego,
California, and Beaverton, Oregon. Data|WARE and Virtual|BLUE products are
available directly from Luminex and through selected partners worldwide. For
more information about Luminex, please email or call

About Objective Data

Objective Data Storage is a privately funded,
Columbia, MD-based developer and marketer of enterprise data storage software
products and solutions. For additional Information: /

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