Gresham Enterprise Storage Inc. Certifies Quantum Storage Solutions; Enables Attachment of Quantum DXi and Scalar Systems to iSeries/AS400 Environments

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Gresham today announced certification of Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM) backup solutions, including the DXi-Series disk-based backup and deduplication solutions and the Scalar-Series intelligent tape libraries for use with Gresham's Clareti Storage Director, to enable connectivity with IBM System i (iSeries/AS400) servers. Clareti Storage Director provides System i users with a new range of open system storage solutions that were previously unavailable to AS400 customers, streamlining, optimizing and simplifying System i storage infrastructures.

The combination of Quantum's DXi-Series and Scalar libraries with Clareti Storage Director allows IBM iSeries customers using Power Systems to access leading-edge backup and recovery technologies developed for open systems

Gresham today announced certification of Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM) backup solutions, including the DXi-Series disk-based backup and deduplication solutions and the Scalar-Series intelligent tape libraries for use with Gresham's Clareti Storage Director, to enable connectivity with IBM System i (iSeries/AS400) servers. Clareti Storage Director provides System i users with a new range of open system storage solutions that were previously unavailable to AS400 customers, streamlining, optimizing and simplifying System i storage infrastructures.

Better performance and accessibility
System i environments typically comprise mission critical systems and data, and require storage solutions providing robust and cost-effective data protection. Data deduplication, a technology in which Quantum is a recognized leader in the open systems market, is an area where iSeries options have previously been extremely limited and often cost prohibitive. For tape backup, AS/400 users have also been limited in their choices. Gresham has now addressed these issues, giving System i users an extended range of innovative storage solution options by certifying Quantum's DXi-Series disk backup products and Scalar tape libraries with Gresham's Clareti Storage Director.

Gresham's Clareti Storage Director provides a gateway to System i environments. Clareti Storage Director is designed to work with the intricacies of both System i and its backup applications, presenting re-sources in a fashion that is transparent to how the server would normally work with tape and storage devices. This enables robust and seamless data transfers to and from System i via Clareti Storage Director and DXi and Scalar products. The Quantum and Gresham solution can extract the existing value of current data on System i. The most commonly used backup application on the iSeries/AS400, BRMS, has been tested and is supported by Clareti Storage Director to provide full compatibility with the Quantum storage system of choice.

Improved results
"The combination of Quantum's DXi-Series and Scalar libraries with Clareti Storage Director allows IBM iSeries customers using Power Systems to access leading-edge backup and recovery technologies developed for open systems," noted Victoria Grey, Quantum's Vice President, Product Marketing. "Quantum technologies provide data deduplication, intelligent tape management, media integrity trend analysis, and common management across disk and tape tiers, while Clareti streamlines the data storage infra-structure, optimizes access and utilization of existing hardware and simplifies administration of diverse storage environments."

"Quantum is a clear leader in data storage technologies" said Christopher S. Young, Executive Vice President, Gresham Enterprise Storage. "The opportunity to capitalize on Gresham's expertise in AS/400 environments by certifying with Quantum means that, together, Quantum and Gresham can offer an unmatched history of excellence and experience in backup and sharing of disk and tape assets. Importantly, this relationship provides System i users improved performance and operational simplicity, a smarter storage infrastructure, cost savings and a fast ROI."

Enhanced flexibility
For customers who are looking at consolidating, augmenting, or even migrating away from, their existing storage infrastructure to new tape or data deduplication technology, this technology interoperability will also be welcome news. One of the strengths of the Gresham Clareti Storage Director product is its ability to support a wide range of physical tape devices. This enables customers to connect new and existing physical tape] hardware to Clareti Storage Director while maintaining a consistent device presentation to the server - particularly useful for situations where clients are looking at migrating from one tape technology to another such as IBM 3854 with 3590 drives to a Quantum i2000 tape library with LTO-4 tape drives. This capability is key for customers seeking advanced functionality such as intelligent management, media pool integrity, drive utilization trend analysis and predictive diagnostics for their tape libraries. This gives System i users unparalleled flexibility in deciding what storage resources make the most sense for them to meet their business continuance requirements both now and in the future.

"Being able to provide tape functions for an AS/400 with actually having the [moving parts] of a [legacy] library and being able to take advantage of newer library technology is a great benefit," states Casey Teague, Enterprise Operations Engineer for a Fortune 500 real estate company.

Quantum and Gresham are actively promoting these joint solutions to the market. Quantum and Gresham are participating in COMMON, the largest community of IBM Power System users, being held in Reno, NV, April 26 - 30th at Booth 223. This is an excellent opportunity to meet Gresham and Quantum's data storage experts and discuss interoperability

About Gresham:
Gresham Enterprise Storage helps businesses streamline, optimize and simplify their IBM i, HP-NonStop and Open Systems data protection environments. Combining the visibility of comprehensive storage analytics with highly scalable and easily manageable backup and restore, Gresham's Backup Virtualization Solutions' minimize operating costs and maximizes the usability of existing infrastructure. The world's most successful businesses, including many of the Global 500 and the world's largest data centers, use our Backup Virtualization Solutions - Gresham Clareti® Storage Director, and our TSM tape and drive management solution, Clareti® EDT - to manage their disaster recovery and compliance needs, improve their backup/restore performance and scale their environments cost-effectively.

For more information, contact: Christopher S. Young, Executive Vice President, Gresham Enterprise Storage, +1 512 407 2603.

For more info, see Gresham Enterprise Storage.

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