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LTO Hits New Milestones

SILICON VALLEY, Calif. -- HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation, the three technology provider companies for the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program, today announced that the LTO Ultrium format has achieved yet another milestone that signifies the substantial market acceptance of the benefits that the tape format brings to the data center. Based on current data, the program has seen more than two million LTO Ultrium tape drives shipped worldwide since products based on the format first became commercially available in September 2000. In addition, LTO Ultrium format cartridge shipments have now surpassed a total of 80 million units since September 2000, an increase of over 30 million cartridges since the LTO Programs last milestone announcement in September 2006.

“LTO tape products have been strongly embraced by business and government as an essential component of their backup and archiving infrastructure,” said Cindy Grossman, Vice President, Tape and Archive Systems, IBM. “The unique combination of performance, reliability, data protection, attractive total cost of ownership and low energy consumption has helped LTO technology continue to be a strategic choice of customers seeking to effectively address backup, archive, compliance and data security objectives.”

LTO generation 4 tape products are designed to deliver the backup and archiving features needed by today’s storage administrators, including high capacity, blazing performance and data protection features. With low energy consumption, LTO tape products also provide organizations with a green alternative for the data center. Studies have shown that tape-based backup and archiving solutions can deliver substantial TCO benefits compared to comparable disk-only backup approaches.1

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