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Recovery Management and Data Protection Pioneer Asempra Names Former McDATA Senior Vice President Gary Gysin as CEO

10th January, 2007

Asempra Technologies, a leading provider of recovery management and data protection solutions for Windows-based applications, announced today that Gary Gysin, an accomplished software, network, and storage industry veteran, has joined Asempra as president and chief executive officer. In addition to Gysin's appointment as CEO, Asempra also announced that former Symantec CEO Gordon Eubanks has joined as board member; and former Maxtor marketing Vice President Eric Herzog has joined as vice president of marketing.

Asempra's industry-recognized Business Continuity Server(TM) family of recovery management and data protection solutions provide mid-market organizations with real-time, instantaneous recovery of applications and data for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Windows file server environments.

The company has received accolades for its ability to provide customers unprecedented levels of data and application availability, data reliability, and granular recovery, while significantly reducing both infrastructure and operational costs.

"Conventional recovery management products are too complex, too expensive and too unreliable for today's midrange market requirements," said Gary Gysin, CEO. "Asempra is changing the data protection and recovery paradigm. Our recovery management solutions enable instantaneous, uncorrupted, and granular recovery of any Windows-based application and data in minutes, from any location, at any point-in-time. Asempra substantially reduces the costs, management complexity, and tools required for today's non-stop data protection and disaster recovery needs."

IDC, one of the leading market research companies in the storage marketplace, has forecasted that the disk-based data protection market will grow from $8 billion in user IT spending in 2006 to over $50 billion in software and hardware purchases through 2010. Fueled by increasing regulatory compliance, business continuity, and fast recovery requirements, IDC expects the disk-based data protection market to grow at a rate two to three times faster than the overall storage market.

"The requirements for data protection today go way beyond just backup," said Heidi Biggar, analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "Organizations need to be able to restore data quickly, reliably, and completely when they need to -- to avoid costly downtime, additional IT expense, and unusable data. Asempra's Business Continuity Server transforms the way mid-market companies approach data protection, enabling them to meet -- and even exceed -- SLAs for the protection and recovery of Windows-based applications, files, and volumes. The ROI of this product is potentially huge, calculated from the very first recovery."

Gary Gysin Brings Asempra Track Record of Accomplishment

Gary Gysin joins Asempra with 25 years of accomplished industry experience in both early stage and established technology companies.

Prior to Asempra, Gysin was SVP of Sales and Service at McDATA, where he grew annual revenue from a runrate of $400 million to over $700 million. Prior to his Sales and Service role at McDATA, Gysin served as vice president and GM of McDATA's software group, where he signed six major storage OEMs for McDATA's modular storage software offerings. Prior to McDATA, Gysin served two years at Volera (a majority owned subsidiary of Novell), most recently as senior vice president of products. Prior to Volera, Gysin served five years as president and CEO of PGSoft, which was acquired by Novell in 2000. Gysin's other executive experience includes vice president of marketing and sales at Crosswise, vice president of sales and support at WorldTalk, and vice president of sales at Touch Communications. Gysin holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from University of California, Santa Cruz.

"Gary Gysin is ideally qualified to take the reins at Asempra," said Steve Krausz, member of the board of directors at Asempra and general partner at U.S. Venture Partners. "He brings Asempra strong experience in software, networking, and storage sales, marketing, and product development. His track record of building companies into leadership positions in the market speaks for itself."

Gysin's selection resulted from a nationwide search led by Mel Connet, Managing Partner of executive search firm Connet & Company LLC, Menlo Park, CA.

Gordon Eubanks and Eric Herzog Join Asempra

"I'm pleased to welcome Gordon Eubanks and Eric Herzog to the Asempra team," said Gary Gysin. "Both of these men bring the knowledge, passion and industry experience necessary to establish Asempra as the leader in real-time data protection and recovery management."

Software industry pioneer Gordon Eubanks has been elected to Asempra's board of directors. Eubanks most recently served as the CEO of web security startup Oblix, which was acquired by Oracle in 2005. Between 1985 and 1999, Eubanks served as CEO of Symantec, where he grew the company into one of the world's largest software companies. In addition to Asempra, Eubanks also serves on the board of directors for Concur Technologies (Nasdaq: CNQR) and Oakley Networks.

Eric Herzog has been named to the position of vice president of marketing. Herzog has held vice president of marketing roles at several Fortune 500 storage companies -- including IBM's Storage Technology Division and Maxtor (recently acquired by Seagate Technology) -- as well as at several successful storage start-ups including ARIO Data (recently acquired by Xyratex), Topio (recently acquired by Network Appliance), and Streamlogic.

About Asempra Technologies

Asempra Technologies is a leading provider of recovery management solutions for Windows-based applications. Asempra's Business Continuity Server (BCS) can recover any Windows-based application and data in minutes, from any location, at any point-in-time. The BCS eliminates data loss by continuously protecting Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and Windows file server data and insuring recovered data is completely reliable. By leveraging a customer's existing infrastructure, the BCS dramatically improves data protection and disaster recovery capabilities while reducing overall costs. In 2006, Asempra was named one of the Top 10 Start-ups to Watch by ByteandSwitch. The company is headquartered at 640 West California Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94086.

NOTE: Asempra, the Asempra logo, and Business Continuity Server are trademarks or registered trademarks of Asempra Technologies, Inc. All other brand or product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

About Gordon Eubanks

From April 1999 to March 2005, Gordon Eubanks served as president and CEO of Oblix, Inc. Oblix was a private company funded by leading venture firms such as Apax Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Eubanks managed the company's rapid growth and established its position as the industry's leading provider of enterprise identity management solutions. In March 2005 Oblix was sold to Oracle Corporation.

From 1984 to 1999, Eubanks was president and chief executive officer of Symantec Corporation. Under his leadership, Symantec evolved into one of the world's largest and most prominent software companies. Previously, Eubanks founded C&E Software (which Symantec acquired in 1984) and served as a senior executive at Digital Research, Inc. responsible for commercial system software development and marketing.

Eubanks founded Compiler Systems, Inc. in 1975 and authored its products: CBASIC, one of the first successful languages on personal computers, and CB80, a compiled version of CBASIC. Digital Research acquired compiler Systems in August 1981.

Eubanks received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University (1968) and his Master's degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School (1976) in Monterey, California. Eubanks was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, serving in the nuclear submarine force from 1970 to 1979. He is an active member of industry trade associations, including a past tenure as chairman and president of the Software Publishers Association. He is also on the board of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation.

In 2005, Eubanks was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Oklahoma State University Engineering School. Eubanks serves on the board of Concur Technologies, Inc. He served on the board and as Chairman of Preventsys, a private company, until June 2006 when it was sold to McAfee. Eubanks is on the board of Asempra Technologies, GuardID, and Oakley Networks, all private technology companies.

About Eric Herzog

Eric Herzog is responsible for strategic and product planning activities, product line management, product marketing, and technical marketing for Asempra. His responsibilities also include overseeing all worldwide channel marketing and corporate communications.

Herzog has 20 years of marketing and sales experience in the storage software and storage systems hardware markets. He has managed all aspects of marketing and sales in both start-up and large corporate environments.

Prior to joining Asempra, Herzog was vice president of product line management for desktop and mobile storage, vice president of worldwide channel marketing, and vice president of corporate communications at Maxtor (recently acquired by Seagate Technology). Prior to Maxtor, Herzog was vice president of marketing and business development for ARIO Data Networks (recently acquired by Xyratex) and vice president, business line management for OEM subsystems and controllers at IBM, where he held P&L responsibility for a business line generating over $200 million in revenue.

Herzog has held vice president positions in marketing and sales at Topio (recently acquired by Network Appliance), Zambeel, and Streamlogic. He has also held director positions in marketing and sales at Everex and Mass Micro Systems.

He has been a member of the board of advisors for WISAN and BASILNET, both private technology companies.

Herzog holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated cum laude, studied towards a M.A. degree in Chinese history, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

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