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Quantum introduces aggressively priced next generation platform extending world’s most popular tape autoloader line

  • 02 August, 2005 13:52

<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p>
<p>Quantum introduces aggressively priced next generation platform extending world’s most popular tape autoloader line</p>
<p>New SuperLoader 3 Combines Superior Value, Operational Simplicity and Sophisticated Features</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia, Aug. 2, 2005 – Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS), a global leader in storage, today announced the immediate availability of its new SuperLoader™ 3, the company’s third generation autoloader platform, designed to cost-effectively meet a spectrum of customers’ automated backup, recovery and archive needs. Delivering 250 gigabytes (GB) to five terabytes (TB) native capacity in a flexible and high-density 2U rackmount form-factor, the SuperLoader 3 autoloader supports a wide range of the most popular value and super tape drive formats within a single platform. Today’s announcement reinforces Quantum’s undisputed leadership in autoloaders – nearly one out of every two DLT® and Linear Tape Open (LTO) autoloaders sold globally are from Quantum – and its focus on meeting the backup, recovery and archive needs of customers in small and medium businesses, workgroups, and departments within the enterprise.</p>
<p>According to Freeman Reports’ new “Compact Tape Outlook” published in late July 2005, Quantum (including Certance) is the number one DLT and LTO autoloader supplier in the world, with a 45 percent unit share. When viewed across the total market of all compact tape formats (DDS, 8-MM, SLR, SAIT, DLT and LTO), Quantum (including Certance) enjoys total autoloader unit share leadership with 31 percent of the world market.</p>
<p>“SMB and mid-sized enterprise customers are now, more than ever, seeking automated backup solutions that excel in complex and demanding environments, are simple to set up and administer, are extremely reliable, and most importantly are cost-effective,” said Robert Abraham, president and storage analyst for Freeman Reports. “Quantum’s commitment to meeting these diverse customer needs is demonstrated in its autoloader industry leadership and its focus on delivering innovative products such as the new SuperLoader 3, which raises the industry bar for customer value and flexibility.”</p>
<p>Combining a low acquisition cost starting at A$4390 (ex GST) estimated street pricing and popular DLT and LTO tape drive technology choices, the SuperLoader 3 offers customers value, performance and capacity to meet backup requirements today, while also providing future investment protection. The SuperLoader 3 delivers the lowest cost per GB of any DLT or LTO 2U autoloader and, unlike other competitive offerings, is designed with the flexibility to expand from 8+1 to 16+1 cartridge slots as storage needs increase. Through Quantum’s innovative eight cartridge removable magazines, the SuperLoader is the only DLT or LTO autoloader platform in the industry that can provide the density of 16+1 cartridges in a 2U rackmount form-factor. Customers can store more than five TB of compressed data per rack unit, making the SuperLoader 3 an ideal solution for rack-space constrained environments.</p>
<p>The use of removable magazines also allows customers to bulk load cartridges for time savings and can easily be swapped for off-site archive and disaster recovery purposes. An extra (+1) cartridge can be inserted into the tape drive of a full autoloader via the front loading slot for additional capacity.</p>
<p>“Over the last three years, Quantum’s bold autoloader strategy has delivered dramatic market share gains by offering reliable, value-focused tape automation,” said Craig Tamlin, Australia and New Zealand Country Manager for Quantum. “The SuperLoader 3 extends this winning formula through a highly reliable and proven design that combines sophisticated features, industry-leading performance and simple manageability at a very compelling cost. The SuperLoader 3 squarely addresses the urgent need for growing SMB users and many customers within the enterprise to have economical and dependable automated data protection with plenty of room for growth.”</p>
<p>"We tested the new Quantum SuperLoader™ 3 for a backup solution to keep pace with our data growth. The SuperLoader™ 3 offers customers a complete backup, recovery and archive solution. It has everything we need in one box including bundled VERITAS Backup Exec 10 Quickstart Edition software; mounting kit, barcode reader, cabling, remote management software, all at no extra cost. The Web-based remote management feature is particularly useful. The SuperLoader™ 3 can be accessed from any web-based browser, enabling diagnostics, maintenance and software upgrades to be carried out remotely,”said Sameer Tobaccowala, chief executive officer, Shobiz Event Solutions Ltd. Shobiz is an Asia-Pacific-based company that delivers integrated event and experiental solutions for Fortune 1000 companies.</p>
<p>The SuperLoader 3 easily integrates into existing customer environments and is compatible with all major backup software packages, operating system environments, network infrastructures and management tools. Using Quantum’s Web-based remote management, the SuperLoader 3 can be securely accessed from any Web-based browser for remote diagnostics, operations, software upgrades and maintenance. This feature also eliminates the need for IS personnel to travel to the physical location of the unit, making the SuperLoader 3 an excellent solution for remote or branch office data protection.</p>
<p>SuperLoader 3 Availability
Quantum is immediately shipping the SuperLoader 3 with DLT VS160, LTO-2 HH and SDLT 600 tape drive technologies through the company’s network of channel and value added reseller partners. Quantum plans to offer the SuperLoader 3 with LTO-3 tape drive technology beginning in the fourth calendar quarter of 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, www.quantum.com.
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<p>Press Contact:
Woei Chyi Lim, PR &amp; Marcoms Manager, Quantum
(+ 65) 6432 2866, woeichyi.lim@quantum.com</p>
<p>Fiona Martin, Managing Director, Max Australia
(61 2) 9954 3492, fiona.martin@maxaustralia.com.au</p>
<p>Quantum, the Quantum logo, DLT and DLTtape are trademarks of Quantum Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. StorageCare and SuperLoader 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 Quantum’s SuperLoader 3 autoloader, including its cost efficiency, 2) Quantum’s future autoloader sales and market share and 3) the availability of Quantum’s SuperLoader 3 autoloader with LTO-3 tape drive technology, 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, 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 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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