Half-Height Tape Drive provides 800 GB native capacity.

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With transfer rates up to 432 GB/hr, Model LTO-4 HH is suited for midrange and enterprise customers concerned about disaster recovery and companies seeking backup for remote offices. Unit includes Green Mode feature, which reduces power consumption by shutting off power to components inside drive when idling or on standby. For security, drive features AES 256-bit native encryption, WORM cartridge support, and SmartVerify(TM), which concurrently verifies all data written to tape.



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Quantum Introduces LTO-4 Half-Height Tape Drive with Same Performance as Full-Height Drive



Provides Superior Backup Performance and Energy Efficiency in Space-Saving, Cost-Effective Form Factor

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 17 /-- Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced the availability of its LTO-4 Half-Height (HH) tape drive. Well suited for midrange and enterprise customers concerned about disaster recovery and companies seeking affordable backup for their remote offices, the drive offers the same performance, security and reliability as full-height LTO-4 tape drives. In addition, the LTO-4 HH drive provides up to 800 GB native capacity and transfer rates up to 432 GB/hr -- doubling the capacity and increasing the performance by 50 percent over the previous generation LTO drive -- in a space-saving, half-height form factor.

"Quantum has developed an easy-to-use storage solution that offers the same performance and capacity as competitors' full-height offerings," said Kevin Koski, product manager, server storage at Equus, a Quantum reseller. "Customers not only achieve the highest in LTO-4 performance but also are able to realize the benefits associated with the smaller format taking up less data center space."

As data continues to grow, IT managers are faced with the challenge of adding storage systems to accommodate this growth while managing the power and cooling demands of these systems for cost and regulatory reasons. To help customers address this challenge Quantum's LTO-4 HH includes a feature called Green Mode, which reduces power consumption by shutting off power to components inside the drive when it's idle or on standby (not reading or writing data). In addition, even when the drive is actively operating, the power used by Quantum's LTO-4 HH is less than many competitors' LTO-3 and LTO-4 full-height and half-height tape drives. Finally, by incorporating Quantum's exclusive FastSense(TM) variable speed feature, the company's LTO-4 HH drive maximizes the native transfer rate, completing backups faster but using less power than other LTO-4 drives on the market.

With security breaches continuing to make news headlines, data integrity and security is more important than ever. Quantum's LTO-4 HH addresses this by providing AES 256-bit native encryption, as recommended by the federal government for classified data, and WORM cartridge support. Another exclusive feature designed to make Quantum's LTO-4 HH the most reliable drive in its class is SmartVerify(TM) which concurrently verifies all data written to the tape, thus nearly eliminating the time needed to verify backup operations.

Quantum's LTO-4 HH drive is designed to be simple to install and integrate into the data center using the latest industry standard interface -- Serial Attached SCSI. It also allows customers the opportunity to leverage their previous media investments with backward read-and-write compatibility to LTO-3 media and backward read compatibility to LTO-2 media.

"Organizations continue to struggle with increased data growth and retention without increased budget, and now on top of that they have the additional challenges of addressing security and power consumption," said Tom Hammond, product manager for Quantum. "As a leader in backup, recovery and archive, Quantum's LTO-4 HH provides customers a secure, high-performance tape backup solution that is reliable and power efficient -- all at an affordable price."

Pricing and Availability
Quantum's LTO-4 HH drive is currently available through the company's resellers in internal, tabletop and 1U rackmount configurations and includes Symantec Backup Exec(TM) QuickStart software at no additional cost. The LTO-4 HH standalone drive complements a variety of Quantum's LTO-4 automation solutions already shipping. Pricing for the LTO-4 HH drive begins at $3,849 MSRP.

More information can be found at: http://www.quantum.com/Products/TapeDrives/LTOUltrium/LTO-4HH/Index.aspx

About Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Technology
LTO technology is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format created by technology providers HP, IBM Corp. and Quantum Corp. (and their predecessors) to help address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments. This ultra-high capacity generation of tape storage products is designed to deliver outstanding performance, capacity and reliability, combining the advantages of linear multi-channel, bi-directional formats with enhancements in servo technology, data compression, track layout, and error correction.

About Quantum
Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM) 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 800, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, http://www.quantum.com/.

Quantum and the Quantum logo are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation. FastSense and SmartVerify are trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Kim Nelson, Public Relations of Quantum Corp., +1-949-725-1831, kim.nelson@quantum.com

Web site: http://www.quantum.com/

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