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Quantum introduces first tape drive specifically designed for tiered storage

  • 07 March, 2006 17:33

<p>New DLT-S4 Provides Up to Five Petabytes of Capacity in Quantum PX720 Tape Library and 25 Terabytes in 2U Tape Autoloader - Delivering Lowest Cost per Gigabyte of Storage Available Today</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia. - 7 March, 2006 - Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS), a global leader in storage, today introduced DLT-S4, the first tape drive specifically designed to meet the demands of emerging tiered storage architectures and customers' continuing data growth. Quantum's new enterprise-class tape drive addresses these challenges by delivering the industry's highest capacity - 1.6 terabytes per cartridge (compressed), twice the capacity of LTO-3 and almost three times that of SDLT 600 - and the lowest cost per gigabyte of any storage available today - just nine cents per GB (AUD inc GST). DLT-S4 sets the benchmark for a new category of "tiered storage tape," in which enterprises not only have short backup windows and restore time objectives but also need high capacity, manageability and security. DLT-S4 features Quantum's award-winning DLTSageTM, a suite of intelligent data protection tools that includes DLTSage WORM (Write Once, Read Many) and DLTSage Tape Security. DLTSage WORM is designed to meet the regulatory compliance requirements for unalterable long-term data storage, using a standard tape cartridge. DLTSage Tape Security prevents unauthorized access to data on tape cartridges and is particularly valuable in the event tapes are lost or stolen.</p>
<p>"Many of today's enterprises have already moved to or are planning for a quick migration to tiered storage architectures based on their business requirements for data protection, performance, availability, and rapid recovery," said Bob Abraham, principal analyst for Freeman Reports. "Quantum's DLT-S4 provides very high capacity, critical security features, and advanced management capabilities - at essentially the same price point as older technologies currently on the market - making it a high value option for tiered storage networks."</p>
<p>Unparalleled Value in Tape Automation Systems</p>
<p>The fourth generation in Quantum's performance line of DLT-S tape drives (formerly named SDLTTM), the DLT-S4 delivers an unprecedented combination of capacity and value for overtaxed storage networks grappling with growing volumes of data. With DLT-S4, organizations now have the ability to back up remote offices or workgroups on a single cartridge. It is especially valuable for customers in tiered storage or high capacity tape automation environments because the DLT-S4 delivers twice the capacity of the nearest alternative offering for the same price, or the same capacity for half the price. For example, a customer with a $AUD17,000 budget that previously would have been able to purchase a 25 TB, 4U tape automation solution from a competing vendor will be able to purchase a 51 TB tape automation solution with DLT-S4 from Quantum for the same price and form factor. Alternatively, if the customer only wants a 25 TB solution, he/she will be able to get this in a 2U form factor for just $AUD9,000 - thus meeting the capacity requirement in half the rack space and for half the cost.</p>
<p>By making DLT-S4 immediately available in Quantum's PX720 enterprise tape library, Quantum now offers a tape automation system with 1 PB of capacity in a single frame and up to 5 PB when five frames are connected via the CrossLink MechanismTM. This enables customers to have "silo-class" capacities at a fraction of the cost or to implement a tiered storage disk-and-tape solution at a price that until today would have allowed for just a tape-only solution. The PX720 also has a Web-based key management feature that provides system administrators with secure role-based access to easily create, assign, and manage DLTSage Tape Security keys. In the event of a disaster, the key file can be saved, backed up, or exported to another PX720 library.</p>
<p>"Recent corporate acquisitions and increased business opportunities continue to expand our data storage requirements for a sustainable, cost-effective tape-based option that can deliver capacity and enterprise-level functionality and can keep pace with our existing virtual tape investments," said Peter Popovich, network engineer for Epicor Software Corporation, a leading enterprise software solutions provider. "With the added pressures of regulatory compliance and increased awareness for data security, we are very reassured that Quantum has also addressed those concerns at no additional cost to us."</p>
<p>DLT-S4 Positions Customers for the Future</p>
<p>As part of a seven generation roadmap that provides an automation-ready drive today and a planned migration path to 14 TB on a single cartridge, DLT-S4 positions customers for the future. It also sets a new paradigm for tiered storage tape, with the built-in intelligence and manageability of DLTSage - enabling customers to monitor, diagnose and report the health of their tape storage environments, as well as leverage the DLTSage WORM and DLTSage Tape Security features. With an installed base of over 3.3 million DLT® tape drives and 130 million tape cartridges shipped, DLT tape technology is a trusted choice for tape backup, recovery and archive of customers' business critical data.</p>
<p>"While implementing tiered storage architectures as part of their broader information lifecycle management strategies has quickly become a reality for many enterprises, they are still struggling with a key issue: the need for greater capacity and functionality with no increase in budget," said Craig Tamlin, Australia and New Zealand Country Manager for Quantum. "DLT-S4 is specifically engineered to deliver the tremendous capacity tiered storage architectures demand while incorporating the reliability, compatibility, performance, and value-added features that have become hallmarks of the Quantum brand."</p>
<p>The DLT-S4 tape drive uses DLTtape® S4, an innovative media cartridge that delivers industry-leading 800 GB native and 1.6 TB compressed storage capacity and the lowest cost-per-gigabyte of storage available today. DLTtape S4's Super PET (S-PET) base film is designed with the strength and durability needed in enterprise-class environments. This new media also fully leverages DLTSage, giving IT professionals the tools they need to protect, secure and more effectively manage their data. Reaffirming Quantum's commitment to protecting customers' prior investments, DLT-S4 is backward-read compatible with both SDLT 600 and SDLT 320.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>DLT-S4 is currently available, as both a standalone tape drive and for Quantum's PX720 enterprise tape library, through Quantum's extensive channel network of distribution and reseller partners. Standalone tape drive street pricing is estimated to start at $AUD6,455 and a single DLTtape S4 cartridge costs about $AUD133. DLT-S4 is scheduled to be available in Quantum's PX500 Series midrange tape libraries and the SuperLoader(tm) 3 autoloader next quarter.</p>
<p>About Quantum</p>
<p>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>
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<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 SDLT 600A tape drives and Super DLTtape II media and 2) customer demand for and Quantum's future sales of such tape drives and media, 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 "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations -- Risk Factors," on pages 44 to 54 in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on February 2, 2006 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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