Quantum introduces aggressively priced next generation platform extending worlds most popular tape autoloader line

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Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS), a global leader in storage, has announced the availability of its new SuperLoader 3, the companys third generation autoloader platform, designed to cost-effectively meet 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. Todays announcement reinforces Quantums 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.

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.

Robert Abraham, president and storage analyst for Freeman Reports, said: 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. Quantums 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.

Combining a low acquisition cost starting at under US$4,000 estimated 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 Quantums 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.

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.

Ted Oade, director of automation product marketing for Quantums Storage Systems Business Unit, said: Over the last three years, Quantums bold autoloader strategy has delivered dramatic market share gains by offering reliable, value-focused tape automation. 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.

The SuperLoader 3 offers customers a complete backup, recovery and archive solution in a box. Shipped with the SuperLoader 3 are a number of advanced features and components, including: bundled VERITAS Backup Exec 10 QuickStart Edition software; Web-based remote management; barcode reader and labels; mounting kit and cabling; and Quantums StorageCare Services - all at no additional cost. No other vendor in the industry can offer this complete set of robust features and many will charge US$1,000 or more for just a few of these components.

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 Quantums 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.

Quantum is immediately shipping the SuperLoader 3 with DLT VS160, LTO-2 HH and SDLT 600 tape drive technologies through the companys 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.

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