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Tandberg Data introduces Fourth Generation LTO drive

New LTO-4 drive offers 120 MB/s native transfer rate, capacity of 800 GB and data encryption

Oslo Norway, (May 8, 2007): Tandberg Data, a leading global supplier of backup and archiving technologies, today announced the new storage offering based on Linear Tape Open (LTO) Generation 4, offering new levels of performance, capacity and functionality. With 800 GB native capacity, 120 MB/s native transfer rate, data encryption, ADI automation interface and SCSI, SAS or FC host interface, the Tandberg LTO-4 FH is ideal for use in higher end server environments both as a stand alone drive and in automation.

As businesses today are challenged by exponential data growth, limited backup windows, regulatory requirements and limited resources, the need for affordable, reliable and secure archiving solutions continues to grow.  The LTO-4 features encryption capabilities that are designed to enable the LTO tape drive hardware-based writing of encrypted data to the LTO Ultrium tape cartridge, helping to protect the storage and transport of sensitive information

Capacity, Performance and Features

With performance up to 120 MB/s (native), the LTO-4 drive is 50% faster than  LTO Generation 3, and the capacity has doubled from 400 GB (native) to 800 GB (native) per cartridge, offering 1.6 TB with 2:1 compression.  The new drive also offers a myriad of features to improve performance, reliability and manageability. Digital Speed Matching, a 256 MB buffer and Dynamic Compression improve performance. Diagnostic routines such as the Statistical Analysis and Reporting System assists in isolating failures between media and hardware and Adaptive Tape Threading protects against failures during cartridge loads by verifying tape speed, the tape spinning wheel and modulates the tape thread by providing tension control. Independent tape loader & threader motors plus positive pin retention ensures that the pin will be retained during a miss-pick. Graceful dynamic braking allows the reel motors to gradually decelerate instead of stopping abruptly during an unexpected power down.

"With the increased need for high capacity and performance archiving solutions, companies need a reliable and safe and cost effective solution," says Kjell Äyvind Aasene, Vice president of product management at Tandberg Data. "The LTO-4 offers 1.6 TB of data on a single cartridge, lowering TCO and operating costs. The 128-bit encryption provides users with enhanced security to make sure that personal or sensitive information from, for instance, customers, will not be accessible after theft or accidental loss of media."

The LTO Ultrium format generation 4 continues to offer WORM (Write-Once, Read-Many) functionality that debuted in generation 3 products, providing a cost-effective means for storing data in a non-rewriteable format to help address compliance requirements.

Future proof

The LTO Ultrium format generation 4 provides for drives with backwards-compatible read-and-write capability with the Ultrium format generation 3 cartridges, and backward read capabilities with Generation 2 cartridges, helping to protect the investment customers have made in LTO technology. LTO's six generation roadmap scales up to 6.4 TB (compressed) in a single cartridge with transfer rates up to 540 MB/s (assuming 2:1 compression), making it the technology of choice for backup, restore and archiving applications in both stand alone and automated environments for years to come.

Price and Availability

The new LTO-4 is now available through Tandberg Data's established channel of distribution and reseller partners. The Tandberg 1640LTO will ship with a cabling, a data cartridge and a cleaning cartridge and Symantec Backup Exec QuickStart Edition. It will include a 3 year return to factory warranty and Advanced Replacement Service. The estimated street prices will start at $4 499.

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 data protection solutions for the SMB. Tandberg Data offers a wide selection of business-grade storage solutions, ranging from disk-based appliances, such as the RDX QuikStor™, the DPS1000 Series™ VTL and DPS2000™ Series NAS, to automated tape solutions like the Tandberg Data StorageLoader™ and StorageLibrary™ Series. Tandberg Data also offers tape drives, based on the LTO, DAT, SLR™, and VXA® tape technology platforms, and media. Tandberg Data solutions are supported by AccuGuard, a robust, easy-to-use deduplication software. All solutions are supported through a worldwide service and support network, recognised globally for its outstanding levels of service. In addition to the standard warranty and support offerings, on-site service upgrades provide Tandberg Data customers with further peace of mind.

Tandberg Data products are supported by all major operating systems and software applications to successfully integrate and operate in heterogeneous storage environments. All solutions are designed to meet the growing storage requirements of small and medium-sized organizations with scalability, reliability, and backward compatibility features that ensure cost-effective operation and  long-term investment protection.

Tandberg Data markets its solutions exclusively through a global channel of qualified resellers and distributors. This channel model is supported by OEM agreements with major server manufacturers including Apple, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, HP, Hitachi, IBM, and NEC.

For further information, please visit www.tandbergdata.com

Tandberg Data StorageLibrary, StorageLoader, SecureService, DPS1000 Series, DPS2000, VXA, SLR and RDX QuikStor are trademarks of Tandberg Data. RDX is a registered trademark of ProStor Systems, Inc. LTO is a trademark of HP, IBM, and Quantum. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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