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Quantum launches unprecedented new tape drive offering for small and medium-sized business customers

  • 18 October, 2005 10:52

<p>Quantum Launches Unprecedented new tape drive offering for small and medium-sized business Customers
DLT-V4 Delivers Exceptional Performance with Enterprise-Class Management and Enhanced Compliance Features at Unparalleled Price Point</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia, Oct. 18, 2005 – Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS), a global leader in storage, today announced the availability of the DLT-V4 drive, the latest offering in its value line of tape drive products and one that establishes a new threshold in backup, recovery and archive for small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers. The DLT-V4 drive combines exceptional capacity and performance with Quantum’s award-winning value-add features. These features include DLTSage™ for predictive and preventive diagnostic manageability and DLTIce™ for meeting regulatory compliance requirements through standard media and Write Once Read Many (WORM) capability. DLT-V4, at an unprecedented sub-US$1000 price point, is an ideal choice for SMBs to meet near- and long-term storage needs, either as a stand-alone product or as part of an entry-level server solution.</p>
<p>“Today’s small and medium-sized enterprises now require new storage solutions designed to better protect the ever-increasing volumes of data that fuel their daily business activities,” said Brian Garrett, analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group. “Quantum continues to deliver quality products for the entire storage lifecycle, and DLT-V4 should strongly be evaluated as an effective solution for customers that are looking for enterprise-class functionality with exceptional capacity and performance. At this price point, Quantum has the potential to disrupt the SMB market.”</p>
<p>DLT-V4 – A New Level of Performance for SMB Backup
To keep pace with the ongoing data explosion and expanding government regulations, SMBs now require exceptional performance and storage features traditionally found only in enterprise offerings. The DLT-V4 drive changes the SMB storage landscape by delivering 320 GB of compressed capacity and a 72 GB/hour compressed transfer rate, far outpacing current offerings in this market. For example, the DLT-V4 drive has four times the capacity and three times the speed of existing DAT 72 tape drives. With the inclusion of DLTSage and DLTIce, the DLT-V4 drive is also the first tape drive to deliver crucial management capabilities that enhance SMB customers’ storage investments and were previously only available to larger enterprises through Quantum’s SDLT performance tape drive line. In addition, the DLT-V4 tape drive is the world’s first tape drive to ship with a SATA interface, making it easier for customers to attach to entry-level servers. The DLT-V4 drive is aggressively priced at under US$1000, traditionally the cost barrier for SMB customers seeking value tape drives, and offers the lowest media cost/GB in its class at just 12 cents/GB. The DLT-V4 drive also leverages market-proven, readily available DLTtape® VS1 media. Quantum offers the DLT-V4 tape drive bundled with VERITAS Backup Exec™ QuickStart edition and also comes with a cleaning cartridge and media cartridge. The fourth generation in a seven generation roadmap, with backward-read compatibility, DLT-V4 reflects Quantum’s focus on protecting customers’ past and future investments.</p>
<p>“Managing and storing vast amounts of data is a primary concern of smaller businesses in today’s highly competitive climate,” said Craig Tamlin, Australia and New Zealand Country Manager for Quantum. “The enterprise-class functionality of DLTSage and DLTIce, combined with exceptional performance and capacity at an unparalleled price point, makes the DLT-V4 drive a great fit for organizations that need to ensure their vital data is protected.”</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,,</p>
<p>Press Contact:
Woei Chyi Lim, PR &amp; Marcoms Manager, Quantum
(+ 65) 6432 2866,</p>
<p>Fiona Martin, Managing Director, Max Australia
(61 2) 9954 3492,</p>
<p>Quantum, the Quantum logo, DLT and DLTtape are trademarks of Quantum Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. DLTIce, DLTSage, DLT VS and SDLT 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 DLT-V4 tape drives, including its cost-effectiveness, 2) customer demand for and Quantum’s future sales of these tape drives, and 3) Quantum’s product roadmaps, 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, potential future changes in Quantum’s business strategy, 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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