SOURCE: Qualstar Corporation

Qualstar Corporation

September 23, 2011 09:00 ET

Qualstar Announces Encryption Key Management

Simple Library-Managed System Protects Data in Transit

SIMI VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 23, 2011) - Qualstar® Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK), an innovator in automated tape storage solutions, today announced that its widely regarded RLS-8500 Series rack mount tape libraries and the new RLS-8350 model now feature library-based encryption key management to eliminate the risk of data loss while tapes are in transit to external disaster protection sites or other remote locations. RLS-8500 Series libraries incorporating encryption key management are now shipping.

This simple, easy-to-use feature allows administrators to assign a separate key to secure the tapes in each library partition. These encryption-ready libraries use customer-specified keys to access the powerful AES 256-bit encryption capability built into every LTO tape drive.

Library-based key management operates transparently to all data protection software applications. It is incorporated into Q-Link, Qualstar's web browser based remote library manager that enable administrators to configure, upgrade, and monitor all RLS libraries locally via an intranet, or over the Internet from anywhere in the world.

"Encrypted tapes are unreadable without the unique key used to create them. Our new, simple, library-based encryption key management feature eliminates the risk of data loss while tapes are in transit," said William Gervais, Qualstar President and CEO.

Optimized for use in industry-standard computing equipment racks, Qualstar's RLS-8560, RLS-85120 and new RLS-8350 models can store over 340 terabytes of data (using typical compression techniques) and house up to five LTO tape drives. The standard four-slot I/O port allows easy import and export of tapes for offsite data security.

RLS-Series tape libraries are available exclusively through Qualstar's worldwide network of Authorized Resellers. Contact Qualstar, an Authorized Reseller or visit www.qualstar.com for more information.

About Qualstar Corporation
Qualstar, founded in 1984, is a diversified electronics manufacturer specializing in data storage and power supplies. The company's products are known throughout the world for high quality and Simply Reliable designs that provide years of trouble-free service. More information is available at www.qualstar.com or www.n2power.com, or by phone at 805-583-7744.

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Statements concerning the future business, operating results and financial condition of the Company are "forward-looking" statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties that could cause actual performance and results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect the Company's actual results include the Company's ability to increase sales of its products; rescheduling or cancellation of customer orders; unexpected shortages of critical components; unexpected product design or quality problems; and, adverse changes in market demand for its products. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Further information on these and other potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results or condition are included in Qualstar's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, reference is made to the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, and to the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of its Form 10-K and its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

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