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Hifn and BELL DATA Sign Distribution Agreement

Monday, May 11, 2009

Leading Japanese Distributor will Market Hifn’s BitWackr™ Data Deduplication Technology at
the 11th Data Storage Expo in Tokyo, Japan May 13 – 15

Fremont, CA and Tokyo, Japan – May 11, 2009 – Hifn, recently acquired by Exar Corporation (Nasdaq: EXAR), the Company powering connectivity, today announced they have signed a distribution agreement with BELL DATA, Inc., a leading storage solution provider for the Japanese market. The agreement enables BELL DATA to distribute Hifn’s storage products including the newly announced BitWackr data deduplication technology to resellers and end users throughout Japan. The two companies will also join together at the 11th Data Storage Expo in Tokyo, Japan May 13 – 15, booth W10-73, where they will highlight their respective storage solutions.

“Adding Hifn’s technology to our product portfolio enables us to offer highly innovative and market leading storage options,” said Hiroshi Onodera, president, BELL DATA. "Data protection is a strong focus for us, and we are pleased to offer Hifn’s compelling storage solutions to our customers.”

Hifn’s BitWackr technology delivers real-time, in-line deduplication and compression, reducing the amount of data written to disk. The first capacity optimization solution that reduces data at the point of creation, BitWackr can significantly reduce the cost of storing corporate data by decreasing the amount of storage that has to be purchased and managed. This lowers heat dissipation and cooling expenses, and trims power consumption -- the second biggest cost item in the data center. Hifn’s BitWackr adds hardware-assisted data deduplication and compression with thin provisioning for Microsoft-based storage servers and other applications such as NAS, Microsoft SharePoint, and Continuous Data Protection (CDP).

“BELL DATA has established itself as one of the premier providers of electronic solutions in the region,” said Steven Yang, division vice president, APAC Acceleration Products. “This announcement helps BELL DATA leverage their relationship with top tier customers and expands their channel and reach into computing and storage markets in which they have a reputation for outstanding customer service. I look forward to partnering with BELL DATA as we work together to penetrate the Japanese market with Hifn’s industry-leading storage solutions.”

About BitWackr

Hifn’s BitWackr 250/255 combines the company’s BitWackr advanced block-based data deduplication software with a Hifn Express DR 250 PCI-x or 255 PCIe card that employs specialized hardware to perform data compression and deduplication hashing operations. The server platform-independent solution operates in a standard Windows environment and can be installed on any system running Windows Server 2003 or Windows Storage Server 2003 with support for both 32- and 64-bit versions. Hifn’s BitWackr deduplication software is a simple set-it-and-forget-it solution that operates transparently within a Windows server environment.

About Hifn

On April 3, 2009 Exar Corporation completed the previously announced acquisition of Hifn Incorporated. For information about Hifn products and services please go to http://www.hifn.com.

About Exar

Exar Corporation delivers highly differentiated silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications. For nearly 40 years, Exar’s comprehensive knowledge of end-user markets along with the underlying analog, mixed signal and digital technology has enabled innovative solutions that meet the needs of the evolving connected world. Exar’s product portfolio includes power management and interface components, communications products, storage optimization solutions, network security and applied service processors. Exar has locations worldwide providing real-time customer support to drive rapid product development. For more information about Exar, visit:


BELL DATA is a leading system integrator and service provider. BELL DATA delivers customers with affordable solutions for the data protection and storage optimization integrating with hardware and software to meet the best customers need. Having four data centers across the region, BELL DATA has been offering outsourcing services such as housing, disaster recovery, and system rental. For more information about BELL DATA, please visit http://www.belldata.com.


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