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Quantum Corporation Announces New Solid State Disk Products, Boosting Performance in the Expanding UNIX Server Market.

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 1997--

Capacity-Leading Storage Devices Offer Memory-Class

Performance at Attractive Price Per Megabyte

Quantum Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS:QNTM), the market leader in solid state disk (SSD) technology, today announced the Quantum Rushmore Ultra, the newest addition to its ultra fast Rushmore family of solid state disks.

Using DRAM technology, the Rushmore Ultra SSDs offer users one of the fastest access times to time-critical information stored in mid-range to high-end server applications such as database transactions, real-time video streaming, RAID configurations, and the World Wide Web.

Quantum's Rushmore Ultra SSDs offer throughput of up to 8,000 I/O requests per second and access times of less than 60 microseconds, providing near-instantaneous access to time-sensitive data. Employing a SCSI-3 interface, the Rushmore Ultra SSDs provide sustained data transfer rates of more than 30 megabytes per second (MB/s), which is 100 to 200 times faster than conventional storage solutions. The drives offer storage capacities up to 1.6GB, which is the highest in the industry.

"Quantum's solid state disk technology will provide our server system customers with an unprecedented competitive advantage by providing reduced access times to heavily used files," said Dave Coombs, vice president, sales and marketing at Digital. "Our customers who use databases, RAID configurations, video streaming technology and the World Wide Web, just to name a few applications, can dramatically improve productivity with solid state disks."

"An ideal storage system would allow instantaneous access to unlimited amounts of critical information, like the human brain," said Charlie Cassidy, director of marketing, storage systems. "Quantum's Rushmore Ultra SSDs offer near-instantaneous access and scaleable capacities that significantly boost system performance, at competitive price points."

DRAM prices have continued to drop dramatically, allowing Quantum to pass on cost savings for its SSD technology to end users. With today's announcement, the cost of high-end SSD performance has now dropped to below $40/MB MSRP, which makes SSD a very competitive technology when compared to mid-range server memory upgrades.

"Based on the activity we've seen, particularly in the RAID markets, we believe the time for solid state disks is right now, especially when you look at the cost and performance benefits," said Jason Golz, manager of removable storage projects at Peripheral Research. "Quantum is clearly the leader in this technology in terms of products and marketshare."

As demand for high-speed access to data continues to grow, users can easily add additional Rushmore Ultra SSDs because of their easy-to-use plug-and-play feature. Industries such as finance, travel, telecommunications, manufacturing, transportation, insurance and others that depend upon fast response times now have more affordable options for accessing time-critical data.

Quantum's Rushmore Ultra SSDs are available in standard 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch form factors. The Rushmore Ultra SSDs are available in capacities from 134MB to 1.6GB for non-volatile drives, meaning they have an integrated data retention system, and in capacities from 536MB to 804MB in the volatile configuration.

In a separate announcement today, Quantum rounded out its Rushmore family of products by announcing the Rushmore NTE solid state disk products, positioned specifically for PC server systems. Quantum's Rushmore NTE SSDs now allow NT server I/O performance levels, formerly available only in the mid-to-high-end UNIX server range, with no extensive system upgrades. The low-end Rushmore NTE SSDs are now available for less than $20/MB MSRP.

Pricing and Availability

Quantum's Rushmore Ultra SSDs are available immediately. Pricing starts at $6,750 MSRP for the 134MB drive.

About Quantum

Founded in 1980, Quantum Corporation is the only storage company that has developed leadership positions in both fixed and removable storage products. One of the highest volume global suppliers of hard disk drives, the leader in the mid-range tape market and the market leader in solid state disk technology, Quantum is widely recognized as the industry's quality leader.

The company sells a broad range of storage products to OEM and distribution customers worldwide. Quantum's sales for the fiscal year ending March 1997 were $5.3 billion. The company's World Wide Web home address is . -0-

Note to Editors: Quantum Rushmore is a trademark of Quantum Corporation, and the Quantum logo is a registered trademark of Quantum Corporation. Products mentioned are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

CONTACT: Quantum Corporation

Diana Schultz, 408/324-7431
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