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Quantum Extends Disk-Based Backup and Recovery Portfolio to Address Tiered Storage Requirements Across Diverse Business Environments

  • 26 October, 2005 10:47

<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p>
<p>QUANTUM EXTENDS DISK-BASED BACKUP AND RECOVERY PORTFOLIO TO ADDRESS TIERED STORAGE REQUIREMENTS ACROSS DIVERSE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS</p>
<p>New Family of Midrange Disk-Based Backup Appliances Deliver Simple Integration, High Performance and Less Than Half the Cost per Gigabyte of Competitive Offerings</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia, Oct. 26, 2005 – Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS), a global leader in storage, today announced a new family of disk-based backup and recovery appliances designed to provide simple installation and integration, high reliability and performance, and a low cost per gigabyte (GB) for small-to-medium enterprises, workgroups and remote offices.</p>
<p>The new DX3000 and DX5000 appliances offer maximum flexibility for diverse business environments, a differentiated feature set, and a wide range of capacities and price-points that can be matched to almost any budget. With the addition of the DX3000 and DX5000, Quantum’s recently announced DPM5500 appliance based on Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager (DPM) application, and the company’s newly announced enhancements to its existing DX-Series enterprise virtual tape systems, Quantum now offers the widest set of disk-based backup and recovery choices in the industry.</p>
<p>Leveraging its years of experience delivering disk-based backup solutions, equating to petabytes of virtual tape storage shipped worldwide, Quantum is uniquely positioned to address many of the data protection challenges customers face. Today’s announcement is also the latest in a series of announcements this year that reflect Quantum’s most aggressive and comprehensive set of product and service launches in its history. These launches are focused on delivering multiple tiers of storage optimized to address some of the most pressing data protection challenges, such as cost-effectively meeting shrinking backup windows, ensuring that backups are reliably completed, and quickly restoring data when needed.</p>
<p>“Quantum’s first disk-based backup introduction over three years ago made a solid mark in the open systems market, and the company has continued to innovate with key functionality such as Optyon™ hardware compression,” said Brad O’Neill, senior analyst and consultant of Taneja Group. “We are finding that users want tools that will dramatically improve recovery time and recovery point objectives.</p>
<p>This is why we see companies looking to both virtual tape for faster backups and longer data retention, as well as continuous solutions that provide granular application recovery. Quantum is well positioned in each of these key areas with a cohesive strategy.”</p>
<p>The new DX3000 and DX5000 products are designed to minimize the burden of deploying disk-based backup and recovery solutions. Quantum’s appliance approach eliminates the trial and error normally associated with assembling a solution from disparate pieces. The DX3000 and DX5000 include the necessary disk arrays, controllers, interfaces, and system control and management tools in a package ready for customer installation. This integrated appliance approach, combined with Quantum’s expertise in designing and applying virtual tape technology, gives customers added confidence when making decisions for the backup and recovery of common business applications such as Exchange, SQL and Oracle database.</p>
<p>Capacity and Cost Advantages Through Optyon Hardware Compression
Another key differentiator for the DX3000 and DX5000 is the ability to leverage Quantum’s patent-pending Optyon hardware compression technology which expands the usable capacity and significantly lowers the cost per GB of the appliance. Optyon compression is a critical technology advancement, allowing Quantum to deliver its appliances at less than half the cost per GB of the nearest competitive offering. For example, a DX3000 appliance with Optyon compression provides 5.6 TB of usable capacity (based on 2:1 compression) – as well as iSCSI or Fibre Channel connectivity and onsite service warranty – at an estimated MSRP of only $2.85 per GB. In contrast, the Overland REO 4000 offers just 2.4 TB of usable capacity at a current MSRP of $6.54 per GB.
Comparing the relative cost per GB of the DX3000 and DX5000 using compressed capacity with other disk-based options is based on the fact that Quantum is the only open systems virtual tape vendor to offer hardware-based compression technology. Other virtual tape products may support compression based in software, but this is often not practical for the customer, as memory and CPU resources consumed create a noticeable drain on performance. Optyon compression, on the other hand, processes the algorithm in hardware without performance degradation. Many customers may even enjoy compression ratios of greater than 2:1, depending on data and application type, thereby further increasing overall capacity and reducing the associated cost per GB.</p>
<p>Easy Integration, Enterprise-Class Features and Value-Oriented Options
The DX3000 and DX5000 appliances can be easily deployed and integrated into existing infrastructures without expensive process re-engineering or staff retraining. These appliances give customers a wide set of implementation options through compatibility with iSCSI or Fibre Channel networks and deployment as virtual tape or disk connected via Ethernet or Fibre Channel interfaces. Also included are enterprise-class features such as dual RAID controllers, redundant and hot-swappable power supplies, hot-swap disk drives and redundant fans to provide higher availability than customers typically expect in this class of products.</p>
<p>The DX3000 and DX5000 appliances offer industry leading performance and value-oriented options that allow customers to choose the solution best suited to their budget requirements. Based on a high-density, 2U or 5U (rack-unit) chassis, they deliver a wide set of RAID 5-based capacity points from 1.2 usable TB to over 14.4 TB compressed usable capacity per unit. As with the company’s existing DX-Series enterprise systems, the DX3000 and DX5000 easily integrate with any open systems tape automation system to allow data migration and archive. In addition, these new appliances are compatible with popular backup packages, including CA ArcServe, CommVault Galaxy, EMC Legato Networker, HP OpenView Data Protector, VERITAS Backup Exec and VERITAS Net Backup.</p>
<p>“Quantum is now delivering the broadest portfolio of disk-based backup and recovery solutions in the industry,” said Craig Tamlin, Australia and New Zealand Country Manager for Quantum. “Customers are embracing the key benefits of virtual tape, including the performance gained by writing data sequentially in large blocks without the fear of disk fragmentation, the functionality of emulated tape drives and cartridges, and the ease of management without the additional overhead resulting from large file systems.”</p>
<p>Quantum DPM5500 Adds Value to Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Announced in late September, the DPM5500 disk-based backup appliance integrates an optimized platform and differentiated features with the Microsoft DPM application. The DPM5500 delivers reduced complexity and improved operational efficiency through point-in-time backup and recovery of data for Microsoft Windows Server platform customers. It also offers a sophisticated, yet easy-to-implement 5U appliance with RAID 5-protected usable capacity points ranging from 3.6 TB to 14.4 TB compressed usable capacity. Differentiated DPM5500 capabilities include Optyon compression and integrated data migration to tape.</p>
<p>Key Enhancements to Enterprise DX-Series
Quantum is also delivering key capacity and feature enhancements to its current DX30 and DX100 virtual tape systems. Total usable capacity will now be 60 percent greater, lowering customers’ cost per GB by about 25 percent through new 5.2 TB arrays. The new usable capacity of DX30 will range from 5.2 TB up to 41.6 TB usable capacity compressed. Usable capacity of the DX100 has also increased to a starting point of 10.4 TB and now scales up to 166.4 TB compressed usable capacity. Additional enhancements to the DX30 and DX100 systems include more virtual partitions, increased numbers of virtual drives and virtual cartridges, and support for secure sockets layer.</p>
<p>Service and Availability
Quantum’s entire portfolio of disk-based backup and recovery products ship with StorageCare™ Guardian at no additional charge. StorageCare Guardian is Quantum’s secure, remote monitoring and diagnostic solution which proactively gauges the health of the system so the company can respond, in many cases, before there is an issue.</p>
<p>Quantum plans to begin shipping the DX3000, DX5000 and DPM5500 through the company’s network of channel and value added resellers in December 2005. Firmware enhancements to the existing DX-Series enterprise systems will be made immediately available in new systems and as an upgrade to existing Quantum customers at no additional charge. Increased capacity arrays for the DX30 and DX100 systems are also immediately available to customers.</p>
<p>About Quantum
Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS), a global leader in storage, delivers highly reliable backup, recovery and archive solutions that meet demanding requirements for data integrity and availability, with superior price/performance and comprehensive service and support. Quantum offers customers of all sizes an unparalleled range of solutions, from leading tape drive and media technologies, autoloaders and libraries to disk-based backup systems. Quantum is the world's largest volume supplier of both tape drives and tape automation and has pioneered the development of disk-based systems optimized for backup and recovery. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 800, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, www.quantum.com.
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Press Contact:
Woei Chyi Lim, PR &amp; Marcoms Manager, Quantum
(+ 65) 6432 2866, woeichyi.lim@quantum.com</p>
<p>Fiona Martin, Managing Director, Max Australia
(61 2) 9954 3492, fiona.martin@maxaustralia.com.au</p>
<p>Quantum, the Quantum logo, DLT and DLTtape are trademarks of Quantum Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. Optyon and StorageCare are trademarks of Quantum Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>"Safe Harbor" Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, without limitation, statements relating to 1) customer benefits from using Quantum’s disk-based backup and recovery products, including their cost-effectiveness and 2) the shipping date for and general availability of the DX3000, DX5000 and DPM5500 appliances, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. As a result, actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described herein include, but are not limited to, operational difficulties, including our ability to successfully execute to our product roadmaps and timely ship our products, unforeseen technical limitations, unexpected material deviation in product operation and unanticipated changes in customers’ needs or requirements. More detailed information about these risk factors, and additional risk factors, are set forth in Quantum's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations -- Risk Factors," on pages 36 to 46 in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 5, 2005 and on pages 32 to 42 in Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 8, 2005; and those described in any subsequently filed reports. Such reports contain and identify important factors that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statement. Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>

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