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Tandberg Launches Fibre Channel LTO-5 Tape Drive

Tandberg Data announced its latest external LTO-5 desktop tape drive, which features a half height design and incorporates a Fibre Channel interface.

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Tandberg Data Announces Industry’s First LTO-5 Half Height External Tape Drive with Fibre Channel Connectivity

New LTO-5 HH FC tape drive simplifies archiving and workflow tasks for video, entertainment, broadcasting, imaging and military applications

Westminster, Jan. 31, 2012, Tandberg Data, a global supplier of data protection solutions, today announced the availability of the industry’s first LTO-5 Half Height (HH) Fibre Channel (FC) external desktop tape drive. Capable of backing up 3 terabytes* of data on a single cartridge in less than three hours, the new LTO-5 HH FC external tape drive provides a highly cost effective means of storing large video files, managing workflow within the production environment, and simplifying archiving tasks. Other users with high-performance requirements also will benefit from this easy and inexpensive way to edit, store and archive data.

“Tandberg Data’s introduction of the LTO-5 HH FC tape drive provides customers, especially Mac users, with a simple and affordable solution to meet digital workflow and archiving needs,” said Randy Kerns, industry analyst with Evaluator Group. “A wider range of users can now leverage the speed and portability of LTO tape for data transfer and off-site archival purposes.”

“At less than 2.5 cents per gigabyte stored*, LTO-5 tape remains the least expensive and most reliable means of archiving large amounts of data,” said Marije Gould, vice president of marketing for Tandberg Data. “Now a wider range of users can more easily take advantage of LTO tape technology for the digital content workflow used in the media and entertainment industries as well as for video surveillance, medical imaging, military, CAD/CAM, e-discovery and seismic applications. For Mac users, the Fibre Channel interface allows them to edit content on their workstations and move it directly to tape for offsite storage or transportation to another location.”

The new tape drive also supports LTFS (Linear Tape File System) for Mac and Linux, which allows the tape drive to operate like a hard disk for direct access without the need for tape backup software. The new desktop LTO-5 tape drive simplifies data protection operations and streamlines workflow tasks for high-capacity applications, such as digital content for post-production and film editing in the video, entertainment and broadcast industries.

Quick Look—Tandberg Data LTO-5 HH FC external tape drive features:

• Capacity of 1.5TB / 3TB (native/compressed)
• Performance up to 1TB/hr (compressed)
• 8Gb Fibre Channel connectivity
• Low media cost
• Low power consumption: 6.9 W (sleeping mode) and 20 W (operating mode)
• Enterprise features and performance in a small desktop form factor
• WORM and Encryption (AES 256-bit)
• LTFS (Linear Tape File System) for Mac and Linux
• Future proof with eight-generation roadmap
• Data speed matching reduces mechanical wear and extends tape life
• Proven reliability MTBF of 250,000 hrs at 100% duty cycle
• 30-year archival life
• Three years Advanced Replacement Service Warranty

Tandberg Data LTO-5 HH FC external tape drives and LTO-5 media are available through Tandberg Data’s established channel of distributor and reseller partners. MSRP pricing for the LTO-5 HH FC external tape drive is $3,395.00 and MSRP pricing for LTO-5 media is $69.00. All Tandberg Data LTO-5 HH FC tape drives come with a three-year warranty and Advanced Replacement Service.

*Compression ratio of 2:1.

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Tandberg Data is a leading global supplier of data protection solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. The company’s wide range of cost-effective storage products and services provides customers with best-in-class tape, disk, removable disk and software solutions for backup, archiving and disaster recovery. These solutions are marketed through a global channel of qualified resellers, distributors and major server OEMs. An extensive service and support network supports all Tandberg Data products worldwide.