Exabyte’s Magnum 448 LTO Tape Library Expands SMB Data-Protection Options

Magnum 448 scales from 19.2 to 38.4 TB and from one to four LTO drives

Boulder, Colo., August 21, 2006 -- Exabyte Corp. today introduced the Magnum 448 LTO™ (Ultrium™) Tape Library, bringing scalability and enterprise-class functionality to SMB/departmental and remote office/branch office users. At an estimated starting price of $7,950, the Magnum 448 delivers performance, capacity, reliability, and features at an aggressive price.

The Magnum 448 LTO Tape Library provides SMB customers unmatched flexibility to meet their specific backup and storage requirements. There are three configurations available, consisting of a single LTO-2 half-height SCSI drive, a single LTO-3 full-height SCSI or FC drive, or a single LTO-3 full height Fibre Channel (FC) tape drive, along with four cartridge magazines that can hold a total of 48 LTO tape cartridges. Maximum data storage capacity is 19.2 TB* using LTO-2 cartridges and 38.4 TB* using LTO-3 cartridges.

SMBs may purchase and install additional tape drives, up to a maximum of four LTO-2 half-height drives, two LTO-3 full-height SCSI drives, or two LTO-3 full-height FC drives. Fully configured, the Magnum 448 will deliver an aggregate speed of 691 GB per hour* using four LTO-2 drives or 1,152 GB per hour* using two LTO-3 drives. An additional advantage afforded by the Magnum 448 is the use of Automation/Drive Interfaces (ADIs) to eliminate the need for and associated costs of a SCSI or Fibre Channel interface to the automation controller.

According to Exabyte president Tom Ward, "The plug-and-play simplicity, user-installable drives, and media magazines and ultra-reliable ExaBotics library robotics are all geared toward providing SMB and departmental customers with storage solutions that combine entry-level simplicity and enterprise-level automation."

The Exabyte Magnum 448 delivers a complete list of important features as well as user-friendly installation and configuration. Each library comes standard with a barcode scanner, Ethernet-based remote management, dual import/export media drawers, and a rackmount kit. Other library vendors may charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars extra for these key library components. In the near future, Exabyte will offer a free firmware upgrade for Magnum 448 libraries that enables logical partitioning, allowing flexible configuration as multiple libraries.

Exabyte's design simplicity eliminates the need and expense of a technician to set up, maintain, or upgrade the library, as all drives and cartridge magazines are user-installable. The LTO drives are customer-replaceable and can be easily exchanged, or extra drives can be added, in a matter of minutes while the unit is still in the rack. Tapes can be easily inserted or removed through the two import/export doors without removing an entire 12-cartridge magazine. Cartridge magazines can be removed even when there is no power to the unit, enabling easy access to critical data during emergencies.

Pricing and Availability

The Magnum 448 LTO Tape Library is available for purchase from Exabyte resellers beginning September 1. Pricing starts at $7,950 for the base configuration with four magazines for 48 cartridges and a single LTO-2 half-height drive. A similar configuration with four magazines and one LTO-3 full-height SCSI drive is available for $9,950, or with one LTO-3 FH FC drive for $11,500. Additional 12-cartridge magazines will be available for $350 (estimated U.S. street prices).

The Magnum 448 is protected by a standard 1-year warranty and 5x9, next business day on-site service (OSS). An optional 2-year warranty and OSS service extension is available for $700 (estimated U.S. street price).

About Exabyte Corporation

Exabyte Corporation is a leading innovator and provider of tape storage products. For more information, call 1-800-EXABYTE or visit http://www.exabyte.com


* Data capacities and transfer rates assume a compression ratio of 2:1. Actual compression varies depending on the nature of the data and the drive and media quality.

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