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Tandberg Joins XVA Alliance

BOULDER, Colo. -- With its acquisition of Exabyte assets, Oslo, Norway-based Tandberg Data becomes an integral member of the VXA Alliance. As the new owner of VXA Packet Technology and all intellectual property associated with it, Tandberg Data executives have shared their enthusiasm with the VXA Alliance and reaffirmed their commitment to the roadmap for next-generation VXA products by fully funding product development budgets.

In conjunction with the closing of the transaction, Tandberg Data announced that it has integrated the VXA-2, VXA-172 and VXA-320 into its tape drive and tape automation product portfolio. Moving forward, the combined company will conduct business under the Tandberg Data name throughout the world and will continue selling both Tandberg and Exabyte-branded products, including a full line of VXA drives and autoloaders in the US channel.

Our engineers thoroughly evaluated VXA Packet Technology, and we clearly recognized the benefits and value of the VXA platform as well as its potential in the worldwide SMB market. It was a significant factor in our decision to acquire Exabyte,” said Tandberg Data CEO Gudmundur Einarsson. “With greater global reach, a stronger U.S. channel, and a product portfolio that now includes VXA drives and automation, Tandberg Data is well positioned to provide customers and partners even greater value.”

According to Tandberg executives, planning and development of the fourth generation of VXA Packet Technology has been ongoing since the release of VXA-320. Product development is fully funded in the company’s 2007 budget, which includes additional engineering resources from Oslo, Norway to support operations in Boulder, Colorado. According to the product roadmap, fourth-generation VXA products will double performance to a data capacity of 320/640 GB (native/compressed) and a data transfer rate of 24/48 MB per second.

“Our next generation VXA products are on schedule for release in the second half of 2008,” explained Tom Ward, Tandberg’s COO (former president and CEO of Exabyte), “which is well within our planned window and matches the timeframe our OEM customers will be ready for VXA’s next step up in capacity and speed.”

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