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Quantum Corporation

January 26, 2011 16:30 ET

Quantum Unveils Industry's Fastest Entry-Level and Midrange Inline Deduplication

DXi 2.0 Software Doubles Deduplication Performance, Sets New Price-Performance Standard

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 26, 2011) - Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM)

News Facts

Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced DXi 2.0, the next generation software platform for its DXi®-Series disk backup and deduplication solutions. DXi-Series models running DXi 2.0 software, beginning with the latest generation SMB and midrange systems, will deliver the highest deduplication speeds available for any open protocol inline appliance in their respective classes, doubling the performance over earlier generation DXi products with no change in price. As a result, users will be able to protect more data on smaller systems, further solidifying the price-performance leadership of the DXi-Series.

Industry-Leading Performance and Value

  • DXi-Series products utilizing the new 2.0 software will see performance increased by up to 2X or more for open protocols, including both Symantec OpenStorage (OST) and conventional NAS interfaces.
  • Offered at the same price as the DXi products with version 1.x software, the new DXi appliances running DXi 2.0 software will be clear price-performance leaders in their segments, with as much as a 5X advantage over the nearest competitive offerings.
  • DXi 2.0 software creates a new inline data flow that is optimized for Quantum's latest generation of purpose-built DXi deduplication appliances, simplifying the data path and improving performance.
  • By providing high-performance deduplication across open protocols, the DXi appliances make their shorter backup and restore windows available to any IT department using any of the leading backup software applications.
  • A DXi4500 running DXi 2.0 software will deduplicate at up to 1.4 TB/hour for NAS and 1.7 TB/hour for OST -- faster than any other entry-level open protocol appliance.
  • A DXi6500 running DXi 2.0 software will deduplicate at up to 4.3 TB/hour for NAS and 4.6 TB/hour for OST -- faster than any other midrange open protocol appliance.
  • Quantum's high-performance DXi6700 VTL and multi-protocol, enterprise-class DXi8500 appliances will see significant performance gains when they begin shipping with DXi 2.0 software.

Quick to Deploy and Easy to Manage

  • The new DXi 2.0 software provides enhanced management features that significantly streamline deployment, monitoring and administration of the entire data protection process, saving IT managers time, even in complex multi-site backup and disaster recovery environments.
  • DXi 2.0 employs a full set of installation wizards and optimized management screens for fast set-up and ongoing administration, reducing the total number of screens for common operations by 50 percent to 65 percent and enabling administrators to get more done in less time.
  • The new software leverages the multi-tier, purpose-built appliance design of the newest DXi models, and it continues to support the DXi direct path-to-tape functionality that integrates high-speed disk backup with low-cost retention under a single point of control.

Investment Protection

  • Customers with the latest generation DXi4500 and DXi6500 appliances will be able to upgrade them to DXi 2.0 software at no charge. This upgrade will happen on-site with no requirement for data migration.
  • The new DXi 2.0 software offers full replication compatibility with earlier generation DXi appliances, protecting users' prior investments.
  • DXi systems share a common software foundation for ease of use and interoperability across customer environments.
  • All DXi systems are supported by Quantum Vision™ which provides a single point of management across a user's full backup environment, including disk, replication, and tape storage systems.

Quotes

  • Shawn O'Grady, executive vice president, Strategy and Field Operations, Datalink: "Our customers have embraced the DXi4500 and DXi6500 already. We anticipate that they'll appreciate the enhanced performance and value provided by the DXi 2.0 software."
  • Russell Fellows, senior analyst, Evaluator Group: "The entire DXi interface is well thought out and intuitive. Evaluator Group found it to be one of the best interfaces available for any type of storage system, and the enhancements in the DXi 2.0 software make it even better."
  • Janae Stow Lee, senior vice president, Disk and Software Products Group, Quantum: "The combination of leading performance with best-in-class deduplication efficiency, manageability, and end-to-end tape integration make the DXi-Series the highest value offering for any customer deploying backup deduplication."

Availability

  • DXi 2.0 software will be available this quarter for DXi4500 and DXi6500 products; existing units using first generation software are eligible for upgrade to the new software on-site at no charge.
  • DXi 2.0 software will be available this summer for DXi6700 and DXi8500 appliances.

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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, www.quantum.com.

Quantum, the Quantum logo, DXi, Scalar, StorNext and Quantum Vision 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.

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