Company earns certification for LTO Ultrium Generation 5 with compressed storage capacity up to 3.0 terabytes, fast data transfer rates, and integrated partitioning

Middle East, May 2, 2010 –Imation Corp.has announced that it will begin shipping its Imation LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape cartridges, with nearly double the storage capacity, increased data transfer rates, and a new partitioning functionality over the prior tape generation.

This follows certification by the Measurement Analysis Corporation (MAC), an independent testing board for compliance verification testing, and the LTO Technology Provider Companies: HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corp. Imation previously announced that it was the first company to obtain the license to develop and manufacture this new multi-terabyte LTO 5 tape.

“Imation is pleased to be one of the first to provide customers the advantages of next-generation LTO 5 tape cartridges. Magnetic tape remains the most cost-efficient way for businesses to address storage and compliance requirements, whether for long-term data archive or regular backup of active data, given tape’s energy savings and cost-per-gigabyte advantages over other methods,” said Subodh Kulkarni, chief technology officer and senior vice president of Imation’s global commercial business.

With a native capacity of 1.5 terabytes and 3.0 terabytes of compressed storage, data transfer rates of up to 280 MB/second compressed, data encryption, and new partitioning functionality to enhance file control and space management, the LTO 5 format offers significant improvements over prior LTO tape generations.
“Customers can trust that an Imation LTO tape is of the highest quality and reliability, because Imation pioneered many of the manufacturing, servo-writing and cartridge technologies used in these tapes,” added Riyaz Abdulla, Regional Manager, Imation Middle East. “In the Middle East, like anywhere else, enterprise storage needs has grown and Imation is one of the few leading brands in this sector.”

Features
Imation Ultrium LTO 5 tape is the second generation to offer drive level hardware-based writing of encrypted data to the tape cartridge, helping protect the storage and transport of sensitive information. It also helps address compliance objectives with WORM (Write-Once, Read-Many) functionality. The LTO Ultrium format generation 5 drives are designed with backwards-compatible read-and-write capability with the Ultrium format generation 4 cartridges, and backward read capabilities with generation 3 cartridges, helping to protect investments and ease implementation.
Imation-manufactured LTO Ultrium generation 5 tape cartridges feature superior media and cartridge construction, including:

  • Imation proprietary TeraAngstrom™ technology  – Results in tape with a significantly smoother surface and a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), delivering fewer errors and faster transfer rates.
  • Imation advanced servo-writing technology – Ensuring precise alignment between drive head and data tracks for greater reliability.
  • Imation patented corner snap – Improves cartridge strength and protects data during shipping or mishandling.
  • Imation patented three-piece tape spool – Distributes stress more evenly over the tape surface for better performance and longer archival life.


About Linear Tape-Open (LTO)
The LTO Ultrium format is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format developed and enhanced by technology providers HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corp 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. For additional information on LTO, visit www.trustlto.com and the LTO Program Web site at www.ultrium.com.
The products are available at all leading Imation partners across Middle East.


About Imation Corp.
Imation is a leading global developer and marketer of branded products that enable people to capture, save and enjoy digital information. Our world-class portfolio of digital storage products, audio and video electronics and accessories reaches customers through a powerful global distribution network. Our goal is a company with strong commercial and consumer businesses and continued long-term growth and profitability that creates shareholder value. Imation Corp.’s global brand portfolio, in addition to the Imation brand, includes the Memorex brand, one of the most widely recognized names in the consumer electronics industry, famous for the slogan, "Is it live or is it Memorex?" and the XtremeMac brand. Imation is also the exclusive licensee of the TDK Life on Record brand, one of the world’s leading recording media brands. Additional information about Imation is available at http://www.imation.com.


Imation, the Imation logo, TeraAngstrom, Memorex, the Memorex logo, ‘Is it live or is it Memorex?’ and XtremeMac are trademarks of Imation Corp. and its subsidiaries. The TDK Life on Record logo is a trademark of TDK Corporation.  All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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