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QUANTUM LAUNCHES STORNEXT API ALLOWING CUSTOMERS ENHANCED CUSTOMISATION AND CONTROL ACROSS HETEROGENEOUS APPLICATIONS

  • 11 October, 2006 14:51

<p>Hewlett-Packard Utilises API Tools to Enrich Flexibility and Performance for its Digital Media Platform Customers</p>
<p>Sydney, AUSTRALIA - 11 October 2006 - Quantum Corporation the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced the availability of a set of development tools designed to give application providers the ability to customise the way their applications interact with Quantum’s StorNext® data management software. Known as the StorNext Application Programming Interface (API) or SNAPI v1.0, developers now have the ability to build calls into StorNext and drive specific operating behaviour tuned to individual solution needs. With SNAPI, application providers and enterprise customers will be able to create a tighter integration between their applications and the StorNext software’s data sharing and intelligent archiving functions.</p>
<p>“API’s act as a key to unlock interoperability within applications in order to maximise efficient digital work flows for customers,” said Thomas Kuehle, vice president, Digital Media Platform Group, Digital Entertainment Services for Hewlett-Packard. “Customised interaction between HP’s Digital Media Platform and StorNext allows us to address our customers’ needs better and more quickly than before.”</p>
<p>Within HP’s Digital Media Platform (DMP) solution, StorNext software is used to manage and actively archive large digital asset catalogs. With the availability of SNAPI tools, HP and other solution providers now have the ability to develop integrated solutions that together, better address specific customer environments.</p>
<p>Quantum’s StorNext data management software is industry-leading software for managing digital assets in high-performance workflow and multi-tier archive settings. The iMover™ technology allows StorNext the ability to move data across multiple storage tiers, both disk and tape, while maintaining transparent access to the files for multiple hosts and operating systems.</p>
<p>“In the majority of environments, applications will basically just sit on top of infrastructure products,” said Paul Zuhorski, director, software products for Quantum. “While this may be okay within smaller or less intensive environments, larger enterprise customers demand a more robust level of integration. We developed the StorNext API to allow this next level of interaction, offering hooks into StorNext’s IO operations, reporting and iMover engine.”</p>
<p>Application and solution providers, larger customers and Quantum partners can tune StorNext to better meet individual requirements. They can benefit from, for example, quality of service data ingest, on-demand data movement and retrieval operation and a more robust reporting and monitoring capability set through specific API calls to the StorNext iMover, file system and client code base.</p>
<p>“With the StorNext API, we now have the ability to provide more in-depth reporting, customise how capacity is allocated and better determine when and where data is written into and out of the media archives,” added Kuehle.</p>
<p>About Quantum</p>
<p>Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS) is the leading global storage company specializing 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 organization. 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 700, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, http://www.quantum.com.</p>
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<p>Quantum, the Quantum logo, DLT, DLTtape, the DLTtape logo and StorNext are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates. iMover is a trademark 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 from using the StorNext Application Programming Interface (API) or SNAPI v1.0 and 2) customer demand for and Quantum’s future sales of such tools, 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 August 7, 2006 and on pages 14 to 25 in Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 12, 2006; 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 Contact:
Rebecca Blasina
Max Australia
(61 2) 9954 3492
rebecca.blasina@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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