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Quantum Expands Disk-Based Solution Portfolio By Integrating Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2006

  • 28 September, 2005 10:57

<p>New DPM5500 Appliance Delivers Easy Implementation and Faster, More Granular Restores in Windows Server Environments</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia, Sept. 28, 2005 – Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS), a global leader in storage, today announced the DPM5500 disk-based backup appliance that integrates an optimized platform and differentiated features with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2006 to deliver reduced complexity and improved operational efficiency in the backup and recovery of data for Microsoft Windows Server platform customers. Specifically tuned for efficient point-in-time performance, the DPM5500 offers a complete data protection solution that delivers increased replication opportunities for greater restore granularity. Integrated features such as Optyon™ hardware-based compression technology lower total cost of ownership while tape migration capabilities support disaster recovery best practices and enable customers to begin constructing their tiered storage environments. Together, Quantum’s value-added features and DPM offer backup and restore benefits that no other vendor can deliver today.</p>
<p>As a leading provider of backup, recovery and archive solutions, Quantum has worked closely with Microsoft to address many of the data protection challenges customers face, such as cost-effectively meeting shrinking backup windows, raising confidence that backups are reliably completed, and quickly restoring data when needed.</p>
<p>Today’s announcement of the DPM5500 expands Quantum’s disk-based solution portfolio, leverages the company’s years of disk-based backup experience and system innovation and builds upon its tiered storage strategy. This strategy involves the use of disk- and tape-based systems to optimize performance, reliability, availability and return-on-investment in the backup, recovery and archive process – all based upon the business value of customers’ data at a given point in time.</p>
<p>“Microsoft is pleased to continue working with Quantum to help our mutual customers drastically lower the total cost of ownership for backup and recovery,” said Rakesh Narasimhan, general manager in the Windows and Enterprise Management Division at Microsoft Corp. “Quantum’s DPM5500 disk-based backup appliance offers customers the benefits of disk for rapid and reliable backup and recovery combined with the archival advantages and portability of tape.”</p>
<p>DPM is a server software application that is designed from the ground up for disk-based backup and recovery. Developed for Windows environments, DPM provides rapid and reliable recovery of data, point-in-time protection through byte-level replication, operational simplicity, lowered total cost of data protection, and improved efficiency.</p>
<p>DPM5500 Fuels Data Protection for Explorer Pipeline
An example of how the DPM5500 is already meeting customer demands is illustrated by the experience of Explorer Pipeline, one of the nation's preeminent providers of fuel transportation. A Tulsa, Okla. firm, Explorer Pipeline operates a 1,400-mile pipeline system that transports gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest. Tim Vander Kooi, network administrator for Explorer Pipeline, participated in a Quantum field evaluation program to test the DPM5500 appliance.</p>
<p>“I plugged in the DPM5500 appliance, logged it into the domain just like any other server and started pushing out clients,” said Vander Kooi. “I was very impressed with its simple implementation. Not only was it easy to use; I have added confidence that my backups are completed. I may get called on at any time to retrieve files that are lost or corrupted so snapshots and quick retrieval of the data are critical benefits.”</p>
<p>DPM5500: Adding Value to Microsoft Data Protection Manager
The DPM5500 builds upon the DPM application through a sophisticated, yet easy-to-implement 5U (rack-unit) appliance with a choice of 4.8 or 9.6 terabyte capacity and RAID 5 protection. The appliance can be easily integrated into the network via dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and TOE (TCP/IP offload engine) capabilities. Enterprise-class features such as redundant and hot-swappable power, hot-swap disk drives and redundant fans offer high availability. By including these features within an appliance, Quantum alleviates the guesswork and time customers face in building a system from disparate pieces.</p>
<p>Quantum employs its patent-pending Optyon compression technology within the DPM5500, the only DPM implementation to offer hardware-based compression. Since its introduction earlier this year, Optyon compression has demonstrated excellent value to Quantum DX-Series virtual tape library (VTL) customers by substantially increasing usable capacity without degrading system performance. In the DPM5500 appliance, Optyon technology effectively doubles the usable capacity at no incremental cost to customers. The DPM5500 also has value-added capabilities to migrate data easily from the appliance to any tape automation system, including Quantum’s recently introduced SuperLoader™ 3 autoloader and PX500 Series tape libraries.</p>
<p>Quantum’s appliance model also benefits customers by providing a single point of contact for all hardware and software support via the company’s global service and support organization. In addition, the DPM5500 includes StorageCare™ Guardian, 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 has worked closely with Microsoft through the successful public beta phase of Data Protection Manager 2006 and is excited about building on this platform with our DPM5500 disk-based backup appliance,” said Craig Tamlin, Australia and New Zealand Country Manager for Quantum. “The DPM application delivers a robust solution to continually improve customers’ recovery time and recovery point objectives, and the DPM5500 adds to this value by easily and cost-effectively integrating disk- and tape-based backup, recovery and archive through an innovative and differentiated feature set.”</p>
<p>The DPM5500 addresses an expanded market opportunity and provides customers with additional disk-based backup options beyond Quantum’s popular DX-Series VTL systems. The DPM5500 is targeted at Windows environments in workgroups, departments and data centers within the enterprise, where ease of use and simple integration are paramount and where IT resources may be limited. Quantum’s DX30 and DX100 VTL systems are targeted at demanding and high-performance oriented data center and SAN environments, where varied operating systems and applications are common.</p>
<p>As a key launch partner with Microsoft, Quantum is unveiling and demonstrating the DPM5500 disk-based backup appliance at this week’s Storage Decisions conference in New York (booth #205). Quantum plans to begin shipping the DPM5500 through the company’s network of channel and value added resellers in December 2005.</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,
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<p>Quantum, the Quantum logo, DLT and DLTtape are trademarks of Quantum Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. Optyon, SuperLoader 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 DPM5500 disk-based backup appliance, including its cost-effectiveness and 2) the shipping date for and general availability of this appliance, 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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