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Exabyte Celebrates 20 Years of Tape Storage Innovation

  • 23 June, 2005 10:52

<p>Exabyte Marks Its 20th Anniversary with Ground-breaking SMB-Class Tape Automation Products for both the LTO and VXA Platforms</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia - June 23, 2005 -- Exabyte Corporation (OTCBB: EXBT), a leading innovator in tape backup, restore and archival systems, today marks its 20th anniversary in the tape storage industry, celebrating two decades of tape storage innovation, including a host of industry “firsts” and one of the industry’s most significant portfolios of storage-related patents. Exabyte is the world’s oldest independent manufacturer of tape storage products.</p>
<p>“This is a particularly exciting time for me, “said Juan Rodriguez, Chairman and Chief Technologist, Exabyte, who co-founded the company in 1985. “When I started my career in the storage industry 40 years ago at IBM, sceptics were telling me then that ‘tape is dead,’ and I’ve heard the same claim year after year. Now, here we are in 2005 celebrating Exabyte’s 20th anniversary, demonstrating that tape continues to play an integral role in backing up, restoring, and archiving critical business data,” added Rodriguez, who also co-founded StorageTek in 1969. “Just ask any Fortune 500 data centre manager – they all have tape as part of the mix. With its consistent track record of innovation, tape will remain a critical player far into the future.”</p>
<p>Exabyte remains a recognised pioneer and leading innovator in tape storage. Its heritage comprises an impressive list of industry “firsts,” including the first manufacturer of tape drives to break the 1, 2, and 5 GB capacity barriers; the first to introduce 8mm, native Fibre Channel, and FireWire tape drives and libraries; and the first and only manufacturer to offer VXA Packet Technology, which enables its VXA Packet drives, autoloaders and tapes to read and write data in packets like the Internet, allowing far superior restore integrity, exceptional transfer speeds and scalable tape capacities. With award-winning VXA Packet Technology, patented ExaBotics™ – Exabyte’s world-class robotics systems – and its innovative engineering approach, Exabyte delivers new VXA™ and LTO™ (Ultrium™) products that consistently raise the bar for industry standards in engineering, quality and data reliability.</p>
<p>“Exabyte has a remarkable heritage of innovation,” said Tom Ward, president and CEO, Exabyte. “That’s why we consistently garner the support of our OEM and VAR partners. We’ve always adopted a collaborative approach to designing the most reliable products with the best price-performance ratios on the market. Our OEM support continues to be strong, and our network of VARs has grown to 1,600 strong worldwide. Our commitment to our partners and our focus on the SMB market are pillars of Exabyte’s longevity.”</p>
<p>Safeguarding enterprise data storage remains a hot topic, not just with IT personnel – but with business managers as well. And while plenty has been written about ILM and disk-to-disk storage, the road to reliable backup and restore leads to the same destination – data storage on tape.</p>
<p>“Tape remains a vital component because of its overall cost effectiveness and the distinctive physical characteristics of the media, i.e. portability, durability, immunity to viruses, and ease of off-site storage, to name a few,” explained Kelly Beavers, also an Exabyte co-founder who serves as Vice President of Product Marketing. “But there’s more – the role of tape is evolving because more and more SMBs want and need to automate their backup process. This trend is driven by three primary factors: 1) the escalating annual growth of enterprise server data; 2) the rapid increase in servers sold in rack-mountable form factors; and 3) the continuing need for IT personnel to do more with less. The natural evolution of backup and restore leads directly to tape automation.”</p>
<p>In the past, only larger businesses could afford automation. However, due to the evolving needs of the marketplace and dramatic advancements by Exabyte, reliable automation is now available to any size company. With over 98 percent of U.S. businesses employing fewer than 50 people – the largest market segment by far – hundreds of thousands of business are seeking more efficient, more reliable means to store data. VXA Packet Drives are well-suited for the rigors of automation because of the benefits of Packet Technology and ExaBotics™ which together offer IT managers full-featured, cost-effective, and highly reliable automated backup and restore solutions, ideal for replacing the aging DDS platform. Now, with the cost of automation close to the cost of some individual tape drives –reliable automation is affordable to the masses for the first time. Leading analysts see this as an important trend and are adjusting their forecast to reflect the significant move to automation.</p>
<p>“Traditionally, small organisations have had limited resources to devote to managing their critical data,” said Robert Amatruda, research manager at IDC. “Exabyte now offers cost-effective, scalable tape automation solutions for customers that may only have budget for a single tape drive.”</p>
<p>With the ever-increasing growth of data and the ever-shrinking backup time window, Exabyte recognises the growing market trend toward automation. As a result, the company has introduced break-through tape automation products ideal for small and medium-sized companies:</p>
<p>Exabyte’s VXA-2 PacketLoader 1x10 (one drive, 10 slots) offers 1.6 TB capacity (compressed), 43 GB per hour transfer rate (compressed), 1u form factor, bar code reader, direct-attach SCSI, Ethernet port for remote management, and all the benefits of Exabyte’s award-winning VXA Packet Technology that reads and writes data in packets – just like the Internet – providing far superior restore integrity, greater capacity, and fast transfer speeds – available for a estimated RRP from $A3,650 including tax.</p>
<p>Exabyte’s Magnum 1x7 LTO Autoloader (one drive, 7 slots) offers 2.8 TB capacity (compressed), 375 GB per hour transfer rate (compressed), 2u form factor, bar code reader, direct-attach SCSI, Ethernet port for remote management, and the benefits of LTO™ (Ultrium™) technology– available for a estimated RRP from $A7,799 with LTO-2. Capacity and speed double with LTO-3.</p>
<p>Exabyte, a 20-year innovator of tape storage technologies, is again leading the way in the tape automation revolution. Through its innovative engineering approach and streamlined manufacturing processes, Exabyte is delivering easy-to-use, full-featured tape automation products to market with the best price-performance ratios in the industry, thus making automation affordable for the first time to the masses. For more information on Exabyte products or to find a reseller in your area, visit</p>
<p>About Exabyte Corporation</p>
<p>Exabyte Corporation (OTCBB: EXBT) is the leading innovator and provider of tape storage. For over 20 years, the company has been recognised for its innovative engineering approach and for consistently raising industry standards in technology, quality and data reliability for tape drives and tape automation. The Company’s products back up and restore critical business information in a manner consistently ahead of its competitors in terms of storage capacity, and transfer speeds at competitive prices. Exabyte has a worldwide network of OEMs, distributors and resellers that share the company's commitment to innovation and customer service, including IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Apple, Imation, Bull, Toshiba, Logitec, Kontron, Tech Data, Ingram Micro, CDW and Arrow Electronics. For additional information visit</p>
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<p>Data capacities and transfer rates assume a compression ratio of two-to-one. Actual compression will vary depending on the nature of the data and the drive and media quality.</p>
<p>Exabyte, VXA and VXA-2 are registered trademarks, and M2, MammothTape, PacketLoader and ExaBotics are trademarks of Exabyte Corp. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Media Contact:</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing Pty Ltd
+61 2 9977 8922</p>
<p>Richard Giddey
Exabyte Corporation
+61 2 9929 9770</p>

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