SOURCE: Quantum Corporation

October 21, 2009 08:00 ET

New Quantum DXi6500 Family Delivers Unparalleled Combination of Simplicity and Value in Midrange Deduplication

Turnkey NAS Appliances Channel Optimized and Easily Integrated Into Broad Range of Environments

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced a new family of NAS backup appliances that provides an unparalleled combination of simplicity and value for midrange users looking to deploy a data deduplication solution. The DXi6500 family offers a turnkey approach that delivers all the benefits of advanced data deduplication technology while maximizing return on investment, in part by bundling all licensed software features.

"Mid-sized companies have been holding back on implementing deduplication due to the perceived complexity of implementing it and concerns about cost," stated Lauren Whitehouse, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Quantum's bundled approach with the DXi6500 family manages to minimize the risks of adoption while delivering deduplication with compelling value."

Simple to Deploy, Operate and Manage

Many midrange customers today struggle with an expanding set of complex or expensive backup challenges:

--  Performance and cost
--  Restore reliability
--  Remote office backup
--  Media management
--  Automated disaster recovery
--  Backup in virtualized environments
    

The DXi6500 family addresses these issues with five preconfigured appliance models designed to protect midrange environments with 3 to 30 TB of primary data. Each model offers a simple NAS interface, with built-in deduplication and a common replication format with the rest of Quantum's DXi™-Series. All models are designed to be installable by the end user or reseller, and even larger models can scale easily by adding capacity on-site with no need for a service visit. In addition, the entire DXi6500 family will support integration with the leading backup software packages, including NetBackup via Symantec's OpenStorage API which provides a single point of management across sites and storage tiers, automating the process of catalog-aware backup replication and native tape creation. Every DXi6500 model also includes Quantum esXpress™ software, which offers optimized backup for VMware environments.

Priced for Value

The new DXi6500 family provides industry-leading value by bundling all licensed software features -- including deduplication, replication and Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage -- in the price of the appliance, which starts at $64,000 MSRP for the smallest model. Quantum's simple, integrated approach and focus on ease of use enable fast, effective deployment and ongoing cost savings for a rapid return on investment.

Advanced Technology Made Easy

The advanced deduplication and replication technology in the DXi6500 family typically reduces both the amount of disk required for backup and bandwidth needed for replication by 90 percent or more. The new product family leverages the latest Intel chipset, incorporates solid state disk and 10 GbE, and delivers up to 2 TB per hour of NAS backup performance. Finally, the DXi6500 family capitalizes on the fact that Quantum is the only deduplication provider whose products are certified for direct tape creation through NetBackup OpenStorage, with path-to-tape support available in select DXi6500 models for long-term data retention and compliance.

Optimized for Channel Partners

Each member of the DXi6500 family was designed as a turnkey appliance and includes all the necessary software licenses to be easily installable, with fewer part numbers and a simplified ordering process to eliminate configuration issues. Quantum channel programs are available to certify and support VARs who want to perform installation, allowing interested partners to offer on-site installation with their own deployment services. In addition, all DXi6500 systems are supported by Quantum's QuikFit™ hotline to help make product sizing quick and easy, and channel-friendly pricing makes it easier for partners to address their customers' needs with the right product.

"The demand we're seeing for NAS-based disk backup and deduplication appliances makes this a particularly welcome product family," said Dan Molina, chief technology officer at Nth Generation. "With the DXi6500, we now have a turnkey, cost-effective solution that will fit well within our offerings, allowing us to efficiently deliver the data protection and disaster recovery that our customers require."

"Medium-sized businesses have been slower to adopt deduplication because they perceived previous offerings as disruptive, complex and expensive," said Janae Lee, senior vice president of Marketing at Quantum. "Quantum's DXi6500 family gives these customers the deduplication answer they need -- an affordable solution which integrates seamlessly and easily into their environment."

The first models of the DXi6500 family will be available beginning November 2009.

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. This includes the DXi™-Series, the first disk backup solutions to extend the power of data deduplication and replication across the distributed enterprise. 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, www.quantum.com.

Quantum and the Quantum logo are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation. DXi and QuikFit are trademarks of Quantum Corporation. esXpress is a trademark of PHD Virtual Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

"Safe Harbor" Statement: This press release contains "forward-looking" statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Specifically, but without limitation, statements relating to 1) customer benefits and value to customers from using Quantum's DXi6500 appliances, and 2) customer demand for and Quantum's future revenue from such appliances, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Quantum on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Quantum's actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks include 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, unexpected changes in market conditions and unanticipated changes in customers' needs or requirements, as well as the risks 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," in Quantum's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 7, 2009 and in Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 30, 2009. Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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