SOURCE: Quantum Corporation

Quantum Corporation

November 15, 2011 08:00 ET

Quantum Extends Enterprise Leadership With Bolstered Data Protection and Management Portfolio

Enhancements to DXi8500 and Scalar i6000 Solutions Offer Greater Capacity, Higher Performance and More Efficient Management

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2011) - Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM)

News Facts
Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM), a proven global expert in data protection and big data management, today announced general availability of three new products aimed directly at addressing Enterprise customer backup, archive and management challenges. Enterprise environments are characterized by large, fast-growing data volumes requiring high-capacity storage, extensive scalability, and high performance from their backup and archive solutions. They also need an integrated approach to monitor and manage processes across sites and tiers of storage. Quantum's newest advancements to meet these needs include:

  • DXi8500 with DXi 2.1 software incorporates Quantum's latest-generation DXi® software, making the DXi8500 the fastest and highest-capacity single deduplication appliance available today.
  • Scalar i6000 tape library with dual robotics and Active Vault is optimized for storing and retrieving large Enterprise data sets. New features include dual robotics for high data availability, Active Vault for expanded managed capacity, and partitioning enhancements for flexible provisioning.
  • Quantum Vision™ 4.1 software offers enhanced federated management and analytics for all Quantum disk and tape systems, including the DXi8500 and Scalar i6000.

Nearly 10,000 Enterprise customers worldwide have turned to Quantum for their data protection needs, and today's announcements reflect the company's continued investment in integrated solutions and management tools aimed at large-scale, multi-site deployments.

DXi8500: Industry-Leading Performance, Capacity and Value

  • Highest Inline Performance, up to 8.8 TB/hr: Utilizing a purpose-built, tiered storage design, the DXi8500 is the fastest target deduplication appliance available.
  • Largest Single, Unified Deduplication Appliance: The DXi8500 now scales from 40 TB to 320 TB -- a 60 percent increase in capacity.
  • Leading Price-Performance: The newly enhanced DXi8500 offers the industry's leading price-performance ratio, with more than twice the performance of similarly priced competitive products. It provides all licenses in the base price, including deduplication, replication, direct tape creation, OST, VTL, NAS, and DXi Accent™ for hybrid mode deduplication.
  • DXi Accent: With the hybrid deduplication enabled by DXi Accent software, Enterprise customers gain unparalleled flexibility for distributing deduplication operations to media servers, reducing local area network or wide area network traffic for backup, disaster recovery and direct tape creation.
  • VM Protection: The DXi8500 is compatible with Quantum's new vmPRO™ software, allowing IT departments to deploy a single system for protecting both physical and virtual environments.
  • Simplified Enterprise Management: The DXi8500 includes a new scheduling tool that simplifies management of recurring tasks. The GUI provides a fast, intuitive way for users to manage replication, set bandwidth quality of service, and schedule health checks, space reclamation and other functions.

Scalar i6000 Tape Library: Industry-Unique Features for Active Storage and Retrieval of Large Datasets

  • Dual Robotics for High Availability: The Scalar i6000 now employs dual robotics to provide continual availability of Enterprise data such as media archives, backup sets, and big data content, without reducing library capacities. It offers the smallest footprint available for dual robot libraries.
  • Active Vault for Enterprise Capacity: The Active Vault feature enables users to store vaulted tapes securely inside the Scalar i6000 chassis. The vaulted media remains within the library, eliminating media handling, reducing application licensing costs, and allowing Enterprises to keep media safe, accessible and managed. Active Vault also leverages Quantum's Extended Data Life Management (EDLM), an automated data integrity checking feature, to automatically scan all vaulted tapes on a user-specified schedule to verify the integrity of the extended media pool.
  • Automated Media Pool: Dynamic provisioning in the Scalar i6000 creates a pool of unassigned slots and media and makes it available to any partition, addressing the problem of data growth in Enterprise environments. This non-disruptive feature eliminates wasted capacity from over-provisioning, providing improved resource utilization and reduced costs.

Quantum Vision 4.1: Enhanced Management Across Backup and Archive Resources

  • Improved Multi-Site Advanced Reporting: Quantum Vision 4.1 consolidates management across different locations, systems, and tiers for Enterprise disk and tape. Enhancements include DXi Advanced Reporting synchronized for multiple DXi systems, whether they are located nearby or across the globe.
  • First Comprehensive View of Entire Enterprise Backup Resources: New graphical status reports include replication and disk-to-tape connections, providing a common view of job status across multiple, linked disk and tape systems.
  • New Graphical Analytic Tools: Vision 4.1 employs graphical tools to present cross-indexed data for Scalar® tape library drives and media, issuing reports with user-defined thresholds that indicate when media needs to be migrated or replaced. New analytic graphs also cover DXi replication, capacity utilization, and space reclamation progress.

Supporting Quotes

  • Suzanne Becker Gallagher, senior vice president, Marketing, Datalink: "Our Enterprise customers continue to grapple with the challenges of data growth, constrained budgets, and the complexity of protecting data in virtual and cloud environments. Quantum's Enterprise offerings for data protection and management continue to meet these demands in the marketplace."
  • Rob Clark, senior vice president, Disk and Tape Data Protection Group, Quantum: "Quantum's unique combination of disk, tape and management solutions for Enterprise data protection stands unmatched in delivering value to customers worldwide. A recent independent analyst survey of Quantum customers found that for every $1 invested in Quantum solutions, customers saw $4.72 in return. To achieve that kind of ROI requires a continual, aggressive pursuit of innovation."
  • Jeff Boles, senior analyst, Taneja Group: "With the latest DXi8500, Scalar, and management announcements, Quantum continues to broadly advance the features and capabilities of their data protection storage solutions, reaching well beyond single tricks or technologies. The net-net is that their portfolio continues to offer Enterprises better integrated protection solutions that span more locations, types of clients, and potential storage needs than any other single data protection storage company on the market."

Pricing and Availability

  • The DXi8500 with DXi 2.1 software is available in December, starting at $300,000 MSRP.
  • The Scalar i6000 dual robotics option is available in December, starting at $50,000 MSRP.
  • The Active Vault feature in the Scalar i6000 is available today, at $10,000 MSRP.
  • Vision 4.1 software is available today. Vision software plus one Scalar or DXi license is $5,500 MSRP. Additional Scalar and DXi licenses are $2,750.

Additional Resources

About Quantum
Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) is a proven global expert in data protection and big data management. 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: 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, StorNext® data management software and appliances for high-performance file sharing and archiving and vmPRO™ solutions for protecting virtual machine data. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 800, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000,

Quantum, the Quantum logo, DXi, DXi Accent, Quantum Vision, Scalar, StorNext and vmPRO are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. 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 DXi8500 appliances (including such appliances with DXi 2.1 software), Scalar i6000 tape libraries (including such libraries with dual robotics and Active Vault) and Quantum Vision software, 2) customer demand for and Quantum's future revenue from such appliances, libraries, features and software and 3) the availability of the DXi8500 with DXi 2.1 software and the Scalar i6000 with dual robotics 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, 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 November 9, 2011 and Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 14, 2011, especially those risks listed in this section under the heading "Our operating results depend on a limited number of products and on new product introductions, which may not be successful, in which case our business, financial condition and operating results may be materially and adversely affected." Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information

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