Monday, July 19, 1999

Ontrack licenses award winning solutions from connected corporation

ONTRACK Data International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONDI), the world leader in data recovery services, today announced that it has signed a worldwide product licensing agreement with Connected Corporation, the leader in Internet protocol PC backup and recovery solutions.

The agreement with Connected follows on the heels of announced plans for Ontrack to acquire Mijenix Corporation, a Boulder, Colorado based supplier of system software products for enhancing the use of Windows-based computer systems. According to Michael Rogers, Ontrack CEO, both announcements support the company's strategy to expand the company's offerings beyond data recovery to encompass all aspects of data availability.

“A solid data availability strategy requires backup and restore solutions; file management, diagnostic and repair software; and do-it-yourself data recovery options, all supported by industry-leading remote and in-lab data recovery capabilities,” Rogers said. “Now customers can improve their uptime and simplify their data availability processes by getting it all from a single source,” he added.

Under the agreement, Ontrack will license Connected's award-winning solutions, Connected Network Backup (CNB) and Connected Online Backup (COB). As part of a comprehensive data availability offering, Ontrack will sell CNB and COB through its direct and Internet sales channels. Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

“By licensing our technology, Ontrack can offer its customers an end-to-end disaster recovery solution for all desktop and laptop users in an enterprise,” said Glenn Gaudet, director of product marketing at Connected. “Our award winning solutions provide automated PC disaster recovery in the form of a product or service. This agreement gives Ontrack a strong competitive advantage and also further strengthens Connected's position as the leader in the market.”

“Ontrack now has several levels of PC recovery options,” said said Philip Mendoza, a system management software analyst at International Data Corporation. “COB and CNB add to Ontrack's diagnostic and media recovery solutions the ability to restore applications, settings, and previous versions of user files. So, customers can go to Ontrack for one-stop shopping for preventative, intermediate, and last-resort PC data protection.”

About Connected Network Backup 4.0 (CNB)

CNB is the first and only solution to offer enterprise system repair and backup in the same system. CNB is a client/server application that delivers advanced system and data protection and reduces the total cost of support while alleviating the burden on resource-constrained IT departments. CNB is composed of four tightly integrated components: an easy to use client application, a backup engine, a browser-based management console and a corporate deployment kit.

About Connected Online Backup (COB)

COB is designed for those companies that would prefer to have Connected Corporation manage the server and the storage of the data. The COB software is installed on users' laptops and desktop computers and all data is backed up via any Internet protocol connection to Connected's two mirrored Secure Data Centers.

Ontrack, the world leader in data recovery, specializes in services and software that help computer users access and recover their valuable data. Using hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques, Ontrack is able to recover lost or corrupted data from all operating systems and types of storage devices. Ontrack can be reached through its World Wide Web site at or by calling 800/872-2599 (612/937-5161). In addition to its Minneapolis headquarters, Ontrack has offices in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York, Boulder, Tokyo, London, Paris and Stuttgart.

Connected Corporation is the leader in distributed enterprise, real-time repair and recovery solutions, which provide best industry practices while reducing the total cost of support for desktop and mobile PCs. Connected Corporation's solutions have garnered numerous industry awards including: PC Magazine's “Editor's Choice,” InfoWorld's “Hot Product,” InfoWorld's “Best of Test Center,” Infoworld's “Hot Companies,” CNET's “Buy It,” PC Computing's “4 Star Award” and Upside's “Hot 100 Private Companies.” Connected Corporation is based in Framingham, Massachusetts. For more information about Connected and its products visit or call 1-800-353-3078.

ONTRACK is a registered trademark of ONTRACK Data International, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Statements in this release concerning the future prospects of Ontrack are “forward-looking statements” under the Federal securities laws. There can be no assurance that future results will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially from forecasts, estimates, and summary information contained in this press release. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are included but are not limited to those listed in the Ontrack Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998, under the caption “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Forward Looking Statements.”