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Quantum Integrates DLT-S4 Tape Drive Into Scalar Libraries

  • 07 March, 2007 10:38

<p>Combined with New Scalar i2000 Firmware Enhancements, Delivers Lower Total Cost of Ownership, Added Security and Improved Management for Enterprise Environments</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Aust., March. 7, 2007 – Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced the integration of its DLT-S4 tape drive within the Scalar® iPlatform™ architecture, beginning with the Scalar i2000 enterprise library. Quantum’s DLT-S4 delivers the industry’s highest available capacity tape and brings value-added manageability and security functionality that complement Quantum’s embedded iLayer™ technology within the library. Quantum also announced key firmware enhancements for the Scalar i2000 which, together with the DLT-S4 integration, lower the total cost of ownership and reduce the amount of time enterprise customers spend managing the backup process.</p>
<p>By optimising the integration of its tape libraries and tape drives across its broad product portfolio, Quantum provides unique value to customers of all sizes in meeting their backup, recovery and archive needs. This is particularly important in enterprise and midrange environments where customers face continued data growth, increased data retention and associated security concerns, and compliance demands – all under constrained budgets.</p>
<p>“The addition of DLT-S4 tape drives within our Scalar iPlatform architecture further expands the range of leading tape technology choices for customers in demanding SAN-based enterprise and midrange data centre environments,” said Shane Jackson, director, enterprise product marketing for Quantum. “DLT-S4 offers the lowest cost per gigabyte of any tape storage available today, and the combination with the Scalar i2000 addresses the increasingly complex storage challenges of cost-effectively managing and protecting data.”</p>
<p>DLT-S4 Integration in Scalar iPlatform</p>
<p>Designed to excel in demanding SAN-based data center environments, the DLT-S4 tape drive is well-suited to meet limited backup windows and critical restore time objectives. Within the Quantum Scalar automation platforms, DLT-S4 lowers the total cost of ownership through higher cartridge capacity, giving more value for each cartridge slot and reducing media management expenses. For example, customers can now receive up to 6.4 petabytes of storage in a single Scalar i2000 system.</p>
<p>The DLT-S4 features Quantum’s award-winning DLTSage™ suite of intelligent data protection tools that includes DLTSage Tape Security and DLTSage WORM. DLTSage Tape Security prevents unauthorised access to data on tape cartridges and is particularly valuable in the event tapes are lost or stolen. When combined with the Scalar i2000, features such as the iLayer media integrity analysis aggregate and store data from the DLTSage tools over time so users can better monitor media history and manage use. DLTSage WORM is designed to meet the regulatory compliance requirements for unalterable long-term data storage, using a standard tape cartridge.</p>
<p>The DLT-S4/Scalar i2000 combination represents Quantum’s latest major milestone in integrating product lines and programs since closing its acquisition of ADIC less than six months ago. In February Quantum introduced the DXi3500 and DXi5500 appliances, disk backup solutions incorporating data de-duplication and replication technologies. More recently, the company launched its new integrated Quantum Alliance™ channel program. Quantum also plans to incorporate DLT-S4 into the company’s midrange Scalar i500 automation platform this summer.</p>
<p>New Features Available for Scalar i2000</p>
<p>The new enhancements to the Scalar i2000 firmware extend Quantum’s iLayer technology, delivering: SSH, LDAP and SSL protocol enablement for enhanced data security; improved Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) trend reporting to allow backup administrators to more effectively manage the library; automated drive cleaning for better reliability and management; and a Java-based Web browser interface for simpler administrative access and greater ease of use. These firmware enhancements are free to customers with current service contracts.</p>
<p>The Scalar i2000 leverages the iPlatform architecture and iLayer technology to reduce the time users spend managing backup and eliminates the need for external library control servers by integrating advanced management functions inside the library. The Scalar i2000 also features library partitioning including mixed media, as well as support for SMI-S.</p>
<p>About Quantum</p>
<p>Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM) is the leading global storage company specialising 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 organisation. 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, www.quantum.com.</p>
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<p>Quantum, the Quantum logo, DLT, DLTtape, the DLTtape logo and Scalar are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates. DLTSage, iLayer, iPlatform and Quantum Alliance are trademarks 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 and value to customers from using Quantum’s Scalar libraries, Quantum’s DLT-S4 tape drives and the DLT-S4/Scalar i2000 combination, 2) customer demand for and Quantum’s future sales of such products, and 3) Quantum’s plans to incorporate the DLT-S4 tape drives into its Scalar i500 automation platform 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 39 to 50 in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on February 8, 2007 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>Contact:
Rebecca Blasina
Public Relations
MAX Australia
(612) 9954-3492
rebecca.blasina@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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