SOURCE: Qualstar Corporation

Qualstar Corporation

September 22, 2011 09:00 ET

Qualstar Announces New Rack Mount Tape Library

New Model Stores 75 Terabytes and Features Data Encryption

SIMI VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 22, 2011) - Qualstar® Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK), an innovator in automated tape storage solutions, today announced a new model for its popular RLS family of rack mount tape libraries. The new RLS-8350 delivers the benefits and features of Qualstar's recently introduced RLS-8500 Series in a compact, rack-optimized architecture. Shipments will begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The new RLS-8350 tape library stores 75 terabytes (native) of data in just 10 inches (27 cm) of space, delivering high storage density for customers using industry-standard equipment racks. The RLS-8350 houses up to three, encryption-enabled LTO 5 tape drives. The tape drives are user-installable in a few minutes, and are automatically discovered by the library making upgrades simple and fast.

Using typical compression techniques, the RLS-8350 capacity can exceed 150 terabytes, and transfer over 3 terabytes of data per hour. A four-slot I/O port is standard, making it easy to import and export of tapes for offsite data security. N+1 power is optional.

The RLS-8350 features built-in library-based encryption key management to protect against data loss while tapes are in transit to external disaster protection sites or other remote locations. User-specified keys enable the powerful AES 256-bit encryption capability built into every LTO tape drive. This simple, easy-to-use, library-based encryption key manager allows administrators to assign a separate key to the tapes in each partition.

The RLS-8350 incorporates Q-Link, the web browser based remote library manager that enables administrators to configure, upgrade, and monitor an RLS library locally via a company's intranet, or over the Internet from anywhere in the world. Q-Link extends the capabilities of the RLS-8350's comprehensive color touch screen front panel menu system.

"Our new RLS-8350 tape library leverages the motion technology and reliability enhancements that we pioneered in the RLS-8500 Series. Qualstar is the only tape library manufacturer that backs its products with a three-year warranty, underscoring the benefits of our Simply Reliable design approach. Its comprehensive feature set, now including library-managed encryption key management, and rugged construction means real value for customers today and flexibility to readily meet growth needs in the future," said William Gervais, Qualstar President and CEO.

RLS-Series rack mount 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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