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Quantum Announces New A-Series Professional Video Drive Available on LTO PlatformIncreases Performance and Capacity of First Data Tape System Enhanced for File-based Workflows (April 25, 2007)
?The professional video market's requirements for storage are growing rapidly with higher-resolution content, said Tom Coughlin, principal analyst with Coughlin Associates. ?As a consequence, the industry is looking for cost-effective, intelligent storage solutions. With its A-Series platform, Quantum was the first to demonstrate how cost-effective, network-attached, MXF-aware data tape storage could benefit the industry, and the move to the LTO platform will further strengthen and extend its leadership position.
With built-in Gigabit Ethernet capability, the A-Series drives are network-attached, permitting direct access by workstations and servers on standard IT networks. Being MXF-aware enables video tape-like access to subclips by timecode and fast access to the metadata stored on the tape. The MXF capability of the A-Series solution also provides interoperability with many professional video applications and hardware as the MXF standard continues to be adopted within the industry. (Material eXchange Format or MXF is a file format for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers standards.)
Quantums new LTO-3 A-Series drives are designed to provide a higher capacity archiving solution than traditional video tape-based storage. Native capacity for an LTO-3 data tape is 400 GB (native), equivalent to more than 30 hours of 25 Mb/s High Definition (HD) content. Each tape carries its own file system directory, allowing direct drag and drop access by applications and operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.
The introduction of the LTO-3 A-Series will also boost performance to a new level. At its maximum data transfer rate of 544 Mb/s (native), the LTO-3 A-Series drive is designed to transfer DVCPRO media recorded at 25 Mb/s at almost 20 times faster than real-time speeds and at a 100 Mb/s DVCPRO HD content can be transferred approx six times faster than the time required by a traditional video tape recorder. This means that the LTO-3 A-Series drive will be able to store a two-hour DV25 program in less than seven minutes provided the connected computer and hard drive are fast enough.
?As the industry continues to embrace file-based workflows, video professionals are demanding higher capacity, performance and reliability, said Mark Ostlund, director of rich media storage for Quantum. ?The new LTO-3 A-Series enables us to help meet those needs and underscores our commitment to offering broadcasters and video professionals a complete, scaleable and low-cost archive solution when its time to move their content off expensive disk.
Pricing and Availability
Quantum plans to begin shipping the LTO-3 A-Series in June through Quantums select geographical resellers that target the broadcast and professional video market. Pricing for the LTO-3 A-Series begins at $7,950 MSRP. For more information, please visit http://www.quantum.com/Solutions/provideo/Index.aspx.
About Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Technology
LTO technology is a powerful, scaleable, adaptable open tape format created by technology providers HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation (and their predecessors) to help address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments. This ultra-high capacity generation of tape storage products is designed to deliver outstanding performance, capacity and reliability combining the advantages of linear multi-channel, bi-directional formats with enhancements in servo technology, data compression, track layout, and error correction.
Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM) is the leading global storage company specializing in backup, recovery and archive. Combining focused expertise, customer-driven innovation, and platform independence, Quantum provides a comprehensive, integrated range of disk, tape, and software solutions supported by a world-class sales and service organization. As a long-standing and trusted partner, the company works closely with a broad network of resellers, OEMs and other suppliers to meet customers evolving data protection needs. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 700, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, www.quantum.com.
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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, without limitation, statements relating to 1) customer benefits and value to customers from using the LTO-3 A-Series drives, 2) customer demand for and Quantums future sales of such drives, 3) the availability of such drives and 4) Quantums future leadership position, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. As a result, actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described herein include, but are not limited to, 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, and unanticipated changes in customers needs or requirements. More detailed information about these risk factors, and additional risk factors, are 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," on pages 39 to 50 in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on February 8, 2007 and on pages 14 to 25 in Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 12, 2006; and those described in any subsequently filed reports. Such reports contain and identify important factors that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statement. Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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