Quantum Announces New A-Series Professional Video Drive Available On LTO Platform


Increases Performance and Capacity of First Data Tape System Enhanced for File-based Workflows

Last Updated: April 26, 2007 11:38 pm GMT
(SAN JOSE, Calif., April 26, 2007) Quantum Corp. (NYSE:Q™), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, recently announced that its award-winning
A-Series Professional Video Technology will be available on the LTO (Linear Tape-Open) tape drive platform, beginning with LTO-3.

By adding this leading mid-range format to the A-Series product line, Quantum will provide video professionals with a new, higher-performance archive solution offering up to 400 GB (native) of removable networked storage capacity  in a tape-based file system that is MXF[1]-aware. Quantum demonstrated its A-Series solutions at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB 2007), Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth SU 13809, April 16-19.
"The professional video market's requirements for storage are growing rapidly with higher-resolution content," said Tom Coughlin, principal analyst with Coughlin Associates. "As a consequence, the industry is looking for cost-effective, intelligent storage solutions. With its A-Series platform, Quantum was the first to demonstrate how cost-effective, network-attached, MXF-aware data tape storage could benefit the industry, and the move to the LTO platform will further strengthen and extend its leadership position."

With built-in Gigabit Ethernet capability, the A-Series drives are network-attached, permitting direct access by workstations and servers on standard IT networks. Being MXF-aware enables video tape-like access to subclips by timecode and fast access to the metadata stored on the tape. The MXF capability of the A-Series solution also provides interoperability with many professional video applications and hardware as the MXF standard continues to be adopted within the industry.
Quantum's new LTO-3 A-Series drives are designed to provide a higher capacity archiving solution than traditional video tape-based storage. Native capacity for an LTO-3 data tape is 400 GB (native), equivalent to more than 30 hours of 25 Mb/s High Definition (HD) content. Each tape carries its own file system directory, allowing direct drag and drop access by applications and operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.
The introduction of the LTO-3 A-Series will also boost performance to a new level. At its maximum data transfer rate of 544 Mb/s (native), the LTO-3 A-Series drive is designed to transfer DVCPRO media recorded at 25 Mb/s at almost 20 times faster than real-time speeds and at a 100 Mb/s DVCPRO HD content can  be transferred approx six times faster than the time required by a traditional video tape recorder. This means that the LTO-3 A-Series drive will be able to store a two-hour DV25 program in less than seven minutes – provided the connected computer and hard drive are fast enough.
"As the industry continues to embrace file-based workflows, video professionals are demanding higher capacity, performance and reliability," said Mark Ostlund, director of rich media storage for Quantum. "The new LTO-3 A-Series enables us to help meet those needs and underscores our commitment to offering broadcasters and video professionals a complete, scaleable and low-cost archive solution when it's time to move their content off expensive disk."
Pricing and Availability
Quantum plans to begin shipping the LTO-3 A-Series in June through Quantum's select geographical resellers that target the broadcast and professional video market. Pricing for the LTO-3 A-Series begins at $7,950 MSRP. For more information, please visit http://www.quantum.com/Solutions/provideo/Index.aspx .
About Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Technology
LTO technology is a powerful, scaleable, adaptable open tape format created by technology providers HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation (and their predecessors) to help address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments. This ultra-high capacity generation of tape storage products is designed to deliver outstanding performance, capacity and reliability combining the advantages of linear multi-channel, bi-directional formats with enhancements in servo technology, data compression, track layout, and error correction.

About Quantum
Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM) is the leading global storage company specializing in backup, recovery and archive. Combining focused expertise, customer-driven innovation, and platform independence, Quantum provides a comprehensive, integrated range of disk, tape, and software solutions supported by a world-class sales and service organization. As a long-standing and trusted partner, the company works closely with a broad network of resellers, OEMs and other suppliers to meet customers' evolving data protection needs. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 700, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, http://www.quantum.com
[1]Material eXchange Format (MXF) is a file format for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) standards.


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