SOURCE: Quantum Corporation

Quantum Corporation

March 29, 2011 16:05 ET

Quantum Announces Enhanced High Availability and Security Features for Scalar Tape Libraries

Includes Dual Robotics and Key Manager Interoperability Protocol Support

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced high availability (HA) and security enhancements to its enterprise Scalar i6000 and midrange Scalar i500 tape libraries. The company plans to add dual robotics and key manager interoperability protocol (KMIP) 1.0 support for encryption to the Scalar i6000 in the second half of this year, supplementing the system's existing data path failover support and recent integration of FIPS-validated encryption with Scalar Key Manager and LTO tape drives. Both data path failover and FIPS validation have also now been incorporated into the Scalar i500, with KMIP encryption support slated for later this year, all of which expands the enterprise-level features Quantum provides to midrange customers. These new enhancements further extend the company's leadership in tape automation, as also reflected by Quantum recently surpassing the 35,000th shipment milestone for Scalar® libraries.

News Facts

  • The addition of a second, redundant robot in a single library will further improve uptime for Scalar i6000 customers, expanding on the library's existing HA features. These include iLayer™ proactive diagnostics, redundant power and native data path failover.
  • Data path failover enables LTO-5 tape drives to switch to a redundant data path and continue operations, thereby overcoming network degradation and problems that would normally cause jobs to fail. Data path failover complements control path failover to provide comprehensive enterprise storage networking support in Quantum's tape libraries.
  • KMIP is an encryption key management standard that will enable the implementation of a centralized key management strategy for customers looking to centrally manage keys. They will be able to attach their Scalar libraries to any KMIP compliant key management device -- another example of Quantum's focus on open standards and customer choice.
  • With the addition of FIPS 140-2 validation for Scalar Key Manager and LTO-5 tape drive technology, customers can benefit from even more comprehensive tape security features that also include AES 256-bit encryption, LUN mapping and host access control. FIPS is a federal standard for security and encryption.
  • By incorporating data path failover and FIPS validation into the Scalar i500 tape library now, and KMIP encryption support in the latter half of 2011, Quantum continues to provide midrange customers with the benefits of HA and security features designed for demanding enterprise environments.

Supporting Quotes

  • John Flores, vice president, Marketing, Sigma Solutions: "Once again, Quantum delivers product features that are critical to enterprise and midrange organizations, where reducing downtime and improving security are key needs. These expanded capabilities help us offer an even more attractive product to organizations tackling complex data storage needs."
  • Rob Clark, senior vice president, Disk and Tape Backup Products, Quantum: "As our customers leverage the benefits of disk-based backup, they continue to see a critical role for tape in providing long-term data protection and retention. Quantum remains committed to expanding its enterprise tape features with advanced technologies, such as dual robotics and KMIP encryption support, to meet customers' needs for even higher availability and greater security."


About Quantum
Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) is the leading global specialist in backup, recovery, and archive. From small businesses to multinational enterprises, more than 50,000 customers trust Quantum to solve their data protection, retention and management challenges. Quantum's best-of-breed, open systems solutions provide significant storage efficiencies and cost savings while minimizing risk and protecting prior investments. They include three market-leading, highly scalable platforms: DXi®-Series disk-based deduplication and replication systems for fast backup and restore, Scalar® tape automation products for disaster recovery and long-term data retention, and StorNext® data management software for high-performance file sharing and archiving. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 800, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000,

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"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 Scalar i6000 and i500 tape libraries, 2) customer demand for and Quantum's future revenue from such libraries, and 3) the availability of some of the intended enhancements to these libraries, 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 February 8, 2011 and in Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 11, 2010. Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.