SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced the availability of LTO-4 tape drives and media in its market-leading tape automation portfolio, beginning with the Scalar(R) i2000 and Scalar(R) i500 intelligent library platforms. LTO-4 secures and protects business-critical data with industry standard encryption capabilities and is the first open systems tape drive technology to incorporate native encryption. LTO-4 also doubles the native capacity of the previous generation LTO-3 to 800 GB and reaches native performance levels of up to 120 MB/sec, fifty percent faster than its predecessor.
With the growing popularity of disk-based backup and recovery solutions and the continued consolidation of tape library resources, tape is increasingly taking on a more specialized role in data protection. In many cases, customers are using tape primarily for disaster recovery. Tape offers high capacity, portability, low cost per gigabyte, and suitability for long-term, energy-efficient archive, making it an optimal solution. In many other cases, tape is playing a centralized backup role, where there is a continued need for high performance. Regardless of how tape is used, however, customers are facing stringent government regulations related to the safeguarding of sensitive records and especially the protection of data assets during transport and long-term storage.
The incorporation of LTO-4 into Quantum's intelligent, high density and high performance Scalar library platforms addresses this evolving set of customer needs while providing the added value of Quantum's comprehensive approach to library management through its iLayer(R) technology, dramatically improving user visibility and diagnostic capabilities.
"Corporations must retain data for long periods of time and ensure compliance with internal service level agreements and government regulations," said Mark Eastman, product line director, Tape Automation Systems for Quantum. "As a result, customers are demanding higher security, capacity, performance and reliability across their tape investments.
Quantum's industry-leading automation platforms incorporating the latest generation LTO-4 technology deliver on these important features."