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Tandberg Data ships LTO-4 HH Fibre Channel Drives

Introduction of LTO-4 Half Height 4Gb Fibre Channel enhances 2U and 4U libraries performance in midrange and enterprise environments

Boulder, CO, (November 3, 2009): Tandberg Data, the global supplier of data protection solutions, today announced the availability of LTO-4 half height (HH) fibre channel (FC) drives in its StorageLibrary™ family, doubling drive density for up to twice the throughput with 4Gb FC connectivity. With performance of the libraries reaching up to 10.4TB/Hr in a 12 U library, and industry leading power rating for the FC interface, the Tandberg Data StorageLibrary family reaches enterprise capabilities.

“Existing customers can extend the lifespan of their StorageLibrary by easily upgrading to the latest LTO generation, saving customers time and money. The introduction of the new LTO-4 half height FC tape drive gives further testament to Tandberg Data’s commitment to providing customers with the best value and choice,” says Simon Anderson, business unit manager for tape automation, tape drives and media at Tandberg Data. “Even in an economic downturn, data continues to grow and tape is an ideal solution for customers wishing to lower their storage costs. The worldwide tape automation market is estimated at $1.2 billion in 2009 and FC automation accounts for approximately 20%. The new Tandberg Data LTO-4 half height FC tape drive will reduce the cost of implementing a FC storage area network (SAN) and also will be very appealing to MAC users.”

About the StorageLibrary T24 with LTO-4 HH FC

Developed specifically for data-intense SMBs, departmental organizations, and midrange enterprises, the StorageLibrary T24 with two LTO-4 HH drive and two 12-cartridge magazines delivers native transfer speeds of 864GB/Hr and total native capacity of 19.2TB in a compact, 2U rackmount enclosure. The StorageLibrary T24 delivers full-featured capabilities as well as user-friendly installation and configuration.

The library allows existing StorageLibrary T24 users with legacy LTO drives to easily swap out their prior-generation LTO drives and install new LTO-4 drives with the library still in its rack. This feature extends users’ hardware investment and dramatically reduces upgrade costs while immediately achieving new levels of capacity and speed with LTO-4 technology. The innovative “upgrade-in-the-field” capability is one of the many benefits of Tandberg Data’s advanced engineering.

About the StorageLibrary T40+

The Tandberg Data StorageLibrary T40+ is a scalable, affordable, and user-friendly tape library. The 4U unit easily scales “on demand” from a 1x24 to a 2x40 tape library with up to two full-height or four half height LTO drives. Up to three StorageLibrary T40+ units can be stacked together to create a 12 U, 114 slot library with capacities up to 182TB. With four LTO-4 HH drives, the space saving 4U library offers up to 64TB of compressed data storage and compressed speeds of 3.5TB/Hr. The StorageLibrary T40+ offers pay-as-you-go scalability –- “Capacity on Demand” -- by offering an easy upgrade path from previous LTO-3 libraries to LTO-4, providing SMBs, departmental users, and midrange enterprises the flexibility to easily adjust storage capacity based on budget and data requirements.

Power consumption and Total Cost of Ownership

Tape has evolved into a highly cost-effective, high-capacity backup and archival medium with multiple benefits. In addition to low cost, other primary benefits include portability, reliability and reusability. Tape media can be written, rewritten and safely stored for years. Its steadfast reliability ensures mobility and safeguards companies from disaster. Integrating the Tandberg Data LTO-4 HH FC drive into the StorageLibrary series, with industry leading power rating for fibre channel interface - an average power consumption of 18.7W – creates a lower total cost of ownership and cost per gigabyte.

Availability and Pricing

The Tandberg Data StorageLibararies are available through Tandberg Data’s established channel of distributor and reseller partners. The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the StorageLibrary T24 (24 slots) drive with an LTO-4 HH FC drive starts at $6,295. The MSRP of the StorageLibrary T40+ (40 slots) with the LTO-4 HH FC starts at $9,995. All Tandberg Data StorageLibraries ship with a 1-year Advanced Replacement Service (on component-level only) and a 3-year factory warranty. To secure maximum data protection, additional on-site Service and Support options are available.

For further information please contact:

Susan Merriman
Global Corporate Marketing Manager
Tel.: (303) 417-7110
Email: smerriman(at)tandbergdata.com

Tandberg Data’s Product Commitment

Tandberg Data is committed to offering small and medium-sized businesses a complete choice of tape and disk-based data protection solutions. Tandberg Data RDX® QuikStor™ is an entry-level removable disk technology, offering capacity points from 80GB to 640GB, while Tandberg Data DAT products provide entry-level tape backup technology, offering capacity points from 72GB to 320GB.

Midrange customers with higher storage and performance requirements can utilize Tandberg Data LTO tape drive and tape automation solutions for offsite storage and archiving. Midrange customers that need to minimize downtime and improve manageability should opt for a Tandberg Data virtual tape library (VTL), the DPS1000 Series, which was introduced this summer.

About Tandberg Data

Tandberg Data is a leading global supplier of data protection solutions. Tandberg Data offers a wide selection of secondary storage solutions, ranging from disk-based appliances, such as the RDX® QuikStor™ and the Tandberg Data DPS1000 Series™ VTL, 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 robust, easy to use software, such as the RDX® FileKeeper™, the continuous data protection solution for the RDX QuikStor. 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, DPS1100, and DPS1200 are trademarks of Tandberg Data. RDX QuikStor and SLR are trademarks of Tandberg Data. VXA is a registered trademark 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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