LiveVault, Microsoft Announce .NET-Based Strategic Alliance To Simplify Delivery of Web-Based Business Services

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 26, 2001 — LiveVault Corp., the leading provider of online backup, recovery and electronic vaulting services for Windows NT® and Windows® 2000-based servers, and Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic alliance to expand the availability of crucial online business services that use the Microsoft® .NET technology.

Also today, during his WinHEC keynote, Sanjay Parthasarathy, vice president of the .NET platform strategy group at Microsoft, will invite LiveVault on stage to demonstrate its prototype “HailStorm” solution, Microsoft’s user-centric set of Web Services previewed publicly last week by Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect. With “HailStorm” LiveVault customers will experience increased efficiency through single sign on, with a PassPort credential, and be notified automatically when important backup or recovery events are completed, at either their workstation or any other Internet-enabled device, such as a cell phone.

The alliance calls for cooperation initially focusing on incorporating .NET technology within LiveVault’s online service offerings. LiveVault offers online backup, recovery, and electronic vaulting services to the enterprise remote and branch office (RBO) and small to mid-size business (SMB) customers, where availability of IT staff is limited. LiveVault’s service delivers 24×7 backup and immediate restores, so customers can focus on running their businesses instead of worrying about their data. LiveVault, a leading business/enterprise class service, plans to take full advantage of .NET platform technology.

“We are pleased to be working with LiveVault to incorporate the .NET platform technology and to bring LiveVault’s vital online backup, recovery and electronic vaulting services to Microsoft’s business customers” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, vice president of the .NET platform strategy group at Microsoft. “Working together, we will create Web Services that significantly enhance the experience for business customers”

The use of Web-based services by RBOs and SMBs is exploding. LiveVault’s online managed service is the first designed to perform continuous backup for this target customer.

.NET Benefits

Microsoft .NET, Microsoft’s XML-based Web Services platform, benefits both businesses and end users. For businesses, it changes the way they build software and sell products, making information technology a significant contributor to corporate success and introducing new business models. For end users, .NET will produce unparalleled access to a dramatically more personal, integrated computing experience. XML Web Services are constructed using XML for data exchange to help applications, services and devices work together. Sharing data through XML allows them to be independent of each other while simultaneously giving them the ability to loosely link themselves into a collaborating group that performs a particular task.

“LiveVault is excited about the Microsoft .NET platform, and shares in the vision of delivering seamlessly integrated, timely, relevant and easy-to-use Web Services” said John B. Butler, Jr., president and chief executive officer of LiveVault. “By using technology code-named ‘Hailstorm’ LiveVault has the ideal platform to proliferate the use of our market-leading online backup, recovery and electronic vaulting service. We will enable more companies to use Web-based services to protect one of their most critical assets — their business data. We look forward to working closely with Microsoft and building on the .NET platform.”

“HailStorm” Benefits

“HailStorm” is a set of XML-based Web Services, delivering on Microsoft’s vision of empowering people through great software, any time, any place and on any device. Instead of people having to adapt to each technology, “HailStorm” services help different technologies cater to the user and provide a consistent experience across an individual’s entire personal network. This new breed of platform consists of a set of XML-based Web Services and an underlying services architecture. “HailStorm” connects Internet applications, devices and services — and transforms them into a user’s personal network — on their behalf with their permission.

About Microsoft

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About LiveVault Corporation

LiveVault Corporation offers the industry’s best, most convenient and secure managed backup, restore and vaulting solutions for enterprise remote/branch offices and small to mid-size businesses. LiveVault’s patented technology delivers 24×7 backup and immediate restores, so customers can focus on running their businesses instead of worrying about their data. For more information including a free white paper that discusses online backup, recovery and electronic vaulting, visit

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