Certance Ships First LTO Ultrium-Generation 3 Tape Drives

CL 800 delivers 800 GB capacity, 490 GB/hr performance

COSTA MESA, CA -- October 4, 2004 -- Certance LLC announced today immediate general availability of CL 800 solutions, its third-generation LTO Ultrium-format product offering. Availability of CL 800 broadens Certance's LTO Ultrium product offering, delivering the capacity, performance and reliability required by large businesses and the Enterprise. LTO Ultrium tape drive shipments held a greater than 2:1 ship-share lead over the SDLT format in 2003 according to a Gartner Dataquest report: Tape Drive Market Shares, 2003 (March 24, 2004).

Doubling the capacity of LTO Ultrium 2 tape drives, the Certance CL 800 provides up to 800 Gbytes of data protection per cartridge with backup speeds of up to 490 Gbytes per hour. Targeted at large businesses and the Enterprise with pricing starting at $5,899, the CL 800 provides a clear alternative to proprietary formats such as SDLT 600 by delivering a 33% capacity and 88% performance advantage.

Providing an opportunity for customers to leverage their previous media investments, CL 800 writes to both LTO-3 and LTO-2 media and reads from LTO-3, LTO-2 and LTO-1 media formats. Available in 5.25-inch full-height internal, desktop, and 2U rack-mount configurations, the CL 800 comes with a fully licensed version of BakBone NetVault backup software. Certance plans to support Write Once, Read Many (WORM) functionality in its CL 800 solutions for affordable, unalterable data storage related to current regulatory compliance requirements.

Certance-Exclusive Features Provide Highest Reliability

Certance CL 800 combines the proven performance and reliability of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology with Certance-exclusive reliability features to provide the most reliable midrange tape drive available today.

  • MediaShield extends the media life to over 500 full backups.

  • 13-Speed Transfer ensures tape streaming and eliminates shoe-shining by automatically matching the host's transfer speed to one of thirteen speeds.

  • Dynamic Powerdown protects the drive and data cartridge in the event of a power loss.

  • SmartVerify concurrently verifies all data written to the tape, virtually eliminating the need for traditional verify pass during backup operations, thus reducing the required backup window.

To learn more about the Certance CL 800, visit http://www.certance.com/news/lto3.

Certance CL 800 is available at all Certance authorized distributors including Bell Micro, D&H, Ingram Micro, Synnex, and Tech Data. CL 800 data protection solutions are also available through the company's worldwide network of channel partners and systems integrators.

About Certance

Certance is a worldwide provider of a broad range of tape backup products and data protection solutions with a commitment to innovative, cost-effective data protection for companies of all sizes. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, Certance produces a full array of data protection solutions including LTO Ultrium, DDS/DAT, Travan tape technologies and DPA-disk based technologies including CP 3100 data protection solutions. Certance can be found around the globe and at http://www.certance.com/.

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