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Quantum Introduces LTO-4 Half-Height Tape Drive with Same Performance as Full-Height Drive

  • 21 January, 2008 14:12

<p>Provides Superior Backup Performance and Energy Efficiency in Space-Saving, Cost-Effective Form Factor</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – 21 January 2008 - Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced the availability of its LTO-4 Half-Height (HH) tape drive. Well suited for midrange and enterprise customers concerned about disaster recovery and companies seeking affordable backup for their remote offices, the drive offers the same performance, security and reliability as full-height LTO-4 tape drives. In addition, the LTO-4 HH drive provides up to 800 GB native capacity and transfer rates up to 432 GB/hr – doubling the capacity and increasing the performance by 50 percent over the previous generation LTO drive – in a space-saving, half-height form factor.</p>
<p>“Organisations continue to struggle with increased data growth and retention without increased budget, and now on top of that they have the additional challenges of addressing security and power consumption,” said Bruce Coulthard, Systems Engineer Australia and New Zealand for Quantum. “As a leader in backup, recovery and archive, Quantum’s LTO-4 HH provides customers a secure, high-performance tape backup solution that is reliable and power efficient – all at an affordable price.”</p>
<p>As data continues to grow, IT managers are faced with the challenge of adding storage systems to accommodate this growth while managing the power and cooling demands of these systems for cost and regulatory reasons. To help customers address this challenge Quantum’s LTO-4 HH includes a feature called Green Mode, which reduces power consumption by shutting off power to components inside the drive when it’s idle or on standby (not reading or writing data). In addition, even when the drive is actively operating, the power used by Quantum’s LTO-4 HH is less than many competitors’ LTO-3 and LTO-4 full-height and half-height tape drives. Finally, by incorporating Quantum’s exclusive FastSense™ variable speed feature, the company’s
LTO-4 HH drive maximises the native transfer rate, completing backups faster but using less power than other LTO-4 drives on the market.</p>
<p>With security breaches continuing to make news headlines, data integrity and security is more important than ever. Quantum’s LTO-4 HH addresses this by providing AES 256-bit native encryption, as recommended by the federal government for classified data, and WORM cartridge support. Another exclusive feature designed to make Quantum’s LTO-4 HH the most reliable drive in its class is SmartVerify™ which concurrently verifies all data written to the tape, thus nearly eliminating the time needed to verify backup operations.</p>
<p>Quantum’s LTO-4 HH drive is designed to be simple to install and integrate into the data centre using the latest industry standard interface – Serial Attached SCSI. It also allows customers the opportunity to leverage their previous media investments with backward read-and-write compatibility to LTO-3 media and backward read compatibility to LTO-2 media.</p>
<p>Availability
Quantum’s LTO-4 HH drive is currently available through the company’s resellers in internal, tabletop and 1U rackmount configurations and includes Symantec Backup Exec™ QuickStart software at no additional cost. The LTO-4 HH standalone drive complements a variety of Quantum’s LTO-4 automation solutions already shipping.</p>
<p>More information can be found at: http://www.quantum.com/Products/TapeDrives/LTOUltrium/LTO-4HH/Index.aspx</p>
<p>About Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Technology
LTO technology is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format created by technology providers HP, IBM Corp. and Quantum Corp. (and their predecessors) to help address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments. This ultra-high capacity generation of tape storage products is designed to deliver outstanding performance, capacity and reliability, combining the advantages of linear multi-channel, bi-directional formats with enhancements in servo technology, data compression, track layout, and error correction.</p>
<p>About Quantum
Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM) is the leading global storage company specialising in backup, recovery and archive. Combining focused expertise, customer-driven innovation, and platform independence, Quantum provides a comprehensive, integrated range of disk, tape, and software solutions supported by a world-class sales and service organisation. As a long-standing and trusted partner, the company works closely with a broad network of resellers, OEMs and other suppliers to meet customers’ evolving data protection needs. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 800, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, www.quantum.com.</p>
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<p>Quantum and the Quantum logo are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation. FastSense and SmartVerify are trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates. 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 and value to customers from using the LTO-4 HH drives and 2) customer demand for and Quantum’s future sales of such drives, 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, unforeseen technical limitations, unexpected material deviation in product operation, the ability of competitors to introduce new solutions that compete more successfully with our solutions, 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 "Risk Factors," on pages 32 to 42 in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 8, 2007 and on pages 12 to 21 in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 13, 2007, as amended, 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>
<p>Press Contacts:
Angela Coombes
Max Australia
(+ 612) 9954 3492
Angela.coombes@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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