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B&L, Imation Partner

NEEDHAM, Mass. -- 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(R) and Vertices(R) 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."

B&L Associates Inc.

Imation Corp.