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Tandberg Data introduces StorageLoader LTO-3

LTO-3 tape autoloader offers enhanced capacity and performance with 6.4TB in only 1U.

Oslo Norway, (January 8, 2007): Tandberg Data, a leading global supplier of backup and archiving technologies, today announced the availability of the LTO-3 Half-Height (LTO-3 HH) drive in the StorageLoader LTO. Combining the LTO-3 HH drive with Tandberg Data's unique 1U tape autoloader offers customers unmatched density and performance in the 1U autoloader space.

The StorageLoader is the ideal entry-level automated backup solution that combines exceptional storage density and tape library features into the compact form of a tape autoloader. The 1U autoloader will offer users a compressed storage capacity of up to 6.4 TB, with transfer rates of up to 432 GB/hr, in addition to the product's already built-in and known features and benefits, such as the removable magazines offer easy bulk loading and off site storage for disaster recovery. The main technical enhancements of the StorageLoader LTO-3, in addition to doubling the capacity and performance, are the introduction of the ADI interface and LTO-3 tape format with standard WORM support. The autoloader has an integrated barcode reader and comes with 1 year return to factory warranty and first year Advanced Replacement Service.

"With the availability of the StorageLoader LTO-3, Tandberg Data can provide customers with new capacity and performance points in a 1U solution," says Kjell Äyvind Aasene, vice president Product Management at Tandberg Data. "In addition, enhanced features such as WORM support, ADI architecture and an integrated barcode reader make this the most compact and complete autoloader in the market."

The LTO-3 WORM (Write Once, Read Many) functionality will help users to meet regulatory compliance requirements. Government regulations such as SEC and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act have established guidelines on how long data be retained, kept secure and remain unaltered. The WORM functionality in the StorageLoader LTO-3 will offer users cost effective, long term archiving, allowing them to storage unaltered data for decades.

Low Total Cost of Ownership
The Tandberg StorageLoader is a proven platform, currently available with LTO-1 and LTO-2 Half-Height drives. It is designed for minimum down-time and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The tape drive, power supply and fans are all field replaceable, without having to remove the autoloader from the rack. The StorageLoader�s metal construction provides an extremely robust and rugged solution for long term operation. Its multi lingual web-based remote management will allow for easy system monitoring. The StorageLoader has a unique cartridge load design with two 4-slot removable magazines, which may be ejected by using the front panel interface. Convenient labelling of the eight data cartridges in the two magazines provides labelled media and controlled storage for quick, convenient and accurate off-site storage. To facilitate disaster recovery plans, bulk loading and off-site storage are easily handled for increased security and convenience

Growing Market
As businesses today are challenged by exponential data growth, limited backup windows, regulatory requirements and limited resources, the need for affordable backup solutions continues to grow. The entry and mid-range tape automation market is predicted to continue to grow and the LTO technology will continue to be the dominating technology used in mid-range autoloaders and tape libraries. The Tandberg StorageLoader platform is tailored for the industry standard LTO technology and will continue to evolve with the LTO roadmap in the years to come.

"High capacity, affordable storage is a must for all businesses to secure their data for the long term and to protect against any system failures. Tandberg Data has integrated its LTO-3 Half-Height drive into its easy to manage 1U StorageLoader to meet this need," says Hamish Macarthur from Macarthur Stroud International. "LTO has become the de-facto standard, offering both the capacity and performance required in this challenging market. I expect the demand for affordable backup solutions, such as the StorageLoader LTO-3, to continue to grow in years to come."

Price and Availability
The new StorageLoader LTO-3 HH is now available through Tandberg Data's established channel of distribution and reseller partners. The Tandberg StorageLoader LTO-3 will ship with a barcode reader, barcode labels, a rack mount kit, remote management, cabling and Symantec Backup Exec QuickStart Edition. It will include a 1 year return to factory warranty and Advanced Replacement Service. The estimated street price of the 8-slot unit with 2 removable magazines will be $4,650. Additional magazines are available at $177.

For further information please contact:
Marije Stijnen
Corporate Marketing
Tandberg Data
Tel.: + 44 7909 906012
Email: marije.stijnen(at)tandbergdata.com 


About Tandberg Data

Tandberg Data is a leading global supplier of backup and archiving technologies. Tandberg Data offers of a complete range of tape libraries, tape autoloaders and tape drives (based on the LTO�, SLR�, VXA� and DLTtape� tape technology platforms), storage software, data media and disk-based storage such as the RDX� QuikStor. These solutions are marketed exclusively through a channel of qualified resellers and distributors.These solutions are underpinned by OEM agreements with major server manufacturers including IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Apple and Dell and supported by all major operating systems and storage software applications to operate in heterogeneous network environments. All solutions are designed to meet the growing storage requirements of small and medium-sized organisations with scalability, reliability and backward compatibility features that ensure cost effective operation and long-term investment protection.In addition to corporate offices in Oslo, Norway, TANDBERG DATA ASA has subsidiaries in the USA, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and Singapore, as well as branch offices in Italy, India, and China (PRC) Thailand and Brazil. TANDBERG DATA ASA is a publicly held company based in Oslo, Norway and is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker=TAD).RDX QuikStor, BAKStor, and SLR are trademarks of Tandberg Data ASA. RDX is a registered trademark of ProStor Systems, Inc. DLT, DLTtape, DLT, SDLT and Super DLTtape are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation. LTO is a trademark of HP, IBM and Seagate. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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