Tuesday, May 19, 1998
IMATION AND ONTRACK ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE DATA RECOVERY SERVICESImation Corp. (NYSE: IMN) and ONTRACK Data Recovery (Nasdaq: ONDI) today announced an agreement whereby ONTRACK will provide data recovery services to Imation’s customers via the new Imation Data Storage Care Center. In response to the significant number of requests received from its customers around the world, Imation will offer data recovery as the first of several services to be provided through the Imation Care Center. Plans also call for data conversion, remote storage, disaster recovery and digital asset management service offerings in the future.
Supported by Imation’s Customer Solutions Services Business, the Imation Care Center will begin operations on June 23, initially providing five-day, 12-hour service in North America. By year end, the Imation Care Center will broaden its service offering to bring customers seven-day, twenty-four hour service worldwide.
The new service helps computer users salvage lost data from hard drives and other storage media that has been corrupted by a wide array of natural and human causes. After customers contact Imation by telephone at 1-888-704-7799, by fax at 1-888-704-7100 or through the World Wide Web at www.imation.com, Imation will perform an assessment of the customer’s data-recovery needs to determine which services are required.
Imation Care Center customers will have the option of using the unique ONTRACK Remote Data Recovery (RDR) service, which allows repair of many software- and virus-related data losses over a telephone line, via modem. In other cases, customers will be offered a full range of traditional data recovery and protection services through one of ONTRACK’s data recovery labs around the globe.
The Imation Care Center supports Imation’s goal of providing complete digital solutions and services to our customers, including consulting, hardware, software, supplies, and support,” said Will DeBoer, general manager of Imation’s Customer Solutions Services Business. “As both businesses and households become increasingly dependent upon electronic data, the importance of data protection and recovery has grown tremendously. Through our alliance with ONTRACK and the other services provided by our Imation Care Center, our primary goal is to deliver comprehensive data management solutions to customers, supporting their productivity and profitability in a timely, efficient manner.”
The new ONTRACK partnership with Imation is a big win for both companies,” said Michael Rogers, CEO and Chairman of ONTRACK. “Imation is able to offer its customers the world’s best data recovery services through ONTRACK, and ONTRACK will have the opportunity to provide services to thousands of new customers via Imation’s worldwide customer base, including the large small-office/home-office market which, for the most part, has not considered data recovery services a viable option in the past.”
Additionally, as part of its alliance with ONTRACK, Imation will distribute a co-branded version of Data Advisor, a freeware disk-diagnostic tool, in specially marked 10-packs of Imation-brand 1.44 MB diskettes. Data Advisor will also be made available as a free download from the Imation Web site at www.imation.com.
ONTRACK Data Advisor software helps identify potential hard-disk problems before data losses can occur, and also makes Remote Data Recovery possible. Users can run Data Advisor under DOS or Windows to test and analyze file systems and structures, system memory, and the hard drive’s ability to read stored data. When a loss occurs – even when the system will not boot – Data Advisor can be used to diagnose the problem quickly and provide recommendations for resolution of the problem.
ONTRACK, the world leader in data recovery, specializes in software and services that help computer users protect their valuable data and recovery lost data. ONTRACK uses hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques to recover lost or corrupted data from any storage device or operating system. ONTRACK can be reached through its World Wide Web site at http://www.ontrack.com or by calling 800-872-2599. In addition to its Minneapolis headquarters, ONTRACK operates offices in Los Angeles, San Jose, Washington D.C., Tokyo, Stuttgart, London and Paris.
Imation’s Customer Solutions Services Business develops and offers innovative service solutions that meet the information and image management needs of customers, VARs and other partners around the world. Through the implementation of workflow analyses, as well as comprehensive technology and business strategies, Imation delivers creative service solutions aimed at helping customers and VARs increase sales, improve profitability, increase productivity, and launch new revenue opportunities.
Imation supplies a variety of products and services worldwide for the information and image management industry, specializing in imaging and data storage solutions. In 1997, the Company generated revenues of approximately $2.2 billion. Imation employs approximately 9,500 people worldwide and is based in Oakdale, Minn. Additional information about Imation is available on the Company’s Web site at www.imation.com or by calling Imation toll-free at 1-888-466-3456. # # #
Imation is a registered trademark of Imation Corp. ONTRACK, Data Advisor, and RDR are trademarks of ONTRACK Data International, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective companies.