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Quantum Powers Fast-Growing MSP's Cloud Data Protection Service

Hipskind Combines Quantum Physical and Virtual Appliances to Protect Salvation Army Data

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced that Hipskind Technology Solutions Group has deployed DXi®-Series deduplication appliances and Quantum vmPRO™ software as the foundation of its QSafe managed cloud-based data protection service, with The Salvation Army as one of its first customers.

Hipskind, a fast-growing regional managed service provider (MSP) in the Midwest, wanted to extend its capabilities to include its own cloud infrastructure, recognizing that the cloud offered a unique way to provide critical backup, disaster recovery and business continuity to customers. Hipskind knew deduplication needed to be part of its solution to create an affordable cloud-based data protection offering. The company selected Quantum's DXi appliances because of their variable-length deduplication algorithm, which is far more efficient than the fixed block-level deduplication found in competitive offerings. This approach allows Hipskind to store more data in a smaller space at the customer site and replicate less data over the wire, for much better utilization of QSafe storage resources. In addition, Hipskind chose Quantum vmPRO for its ability to protect VMs locally and back up data in native file format.

Leveraging Quantum Technology to Provide Multi-Site Protection
Hipskind installs either a physical or virtual DXi appliance at every QSafe customer site. Local backups are stored on the appliance and retained for most file recoveries, using the customer's backup application. The service scales from a terabyte up to multiple petabytes and is capable of protecting many sites. DXi technology provides encryption options at the local site, in the cloud, and during replication. Hipskind also uses Quantum vmPRO technology to protect virtual servers, increasingly a challenge for IT departments that have migrated key applications to VMs. Because Quantum vmPRO software stores data in native file format, it makes standing up servers fast and easy for business continuity. In addition to DXi and Quantum vmPRO, Hipskind leverages Quantum's Scalar® tape solutions for customers requiring long-term retention on tape, with disk-to-tape creation taking place either at the customer site or in the Hipskind cloud.

Safeguarding The Salvation Army's Data and Budget
Among the first to deploy QSafe was The Salvation Army. When the charitable organization began looking for a backup solution, it turned to Hipskind, which installed a DXi appliance on site, replicating to the QSafe cloud. The QSafe service provides an economical, subscription-based data protection and business continuity program that eliminates the need for large, up-front capital investment. The result, in effect, is an inexpensive insurance policy for The Salvation Army's data.

Supporting Quotes

  • Wally Lang, general manager, Hipskind: "Quantum has been a great partner on both the technology and business side. We chose Quantum as our partner for several reasons, but the primary one is the elegance of their deduplication algorithm. They also brought in engineering support, helped us learn the products, trained our engineers and helped us build this business. It's been a great fit."
  • Ron Shoults, IT director, The Salvation Army: "Over time, the need to back up our storage became more important to us – that led us to engage with Hipskind on QSafe. It's not only a critical part of our environment but also easy to work with, and you don't always see those things go hand in hand."
  • Robert Clark, senior vice president, Product Operations, Quantum: "Hipskind shows how MSPs can compete in the growing online backup market with leading deduplication and virtual backup technology that is efficient, scalable and simple to implement. When end users such as The Salvation Army entrust their data to Hipskind, they can be assured it resides on proven technology that provides data protection security and value."

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About Quantum
Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing solutions for capturing, sharing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. From small businesses to major enterprises, more than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding data workflow challenges. With Quantum, customers can Be Certain™ they have the end-to-end storage foundation to maximize the value of their data by making it accessible whenever and wherever needed, retaining it indefinitely and reducing total cost and complexity. See how at www.quantum.com/customerstories.

Quantum, the Quantum logo, Be Certain, DXi, Scalar and Quantum vmPRO are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

"Safe Harbor" Statement: This press release contains "forward-looking" statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Specifically, but without limitation, statements relating to 1) benefits to MSPs and end users from Quantum's products, including its DXi appliances, Scalar tape solutions and Quantum vmPRO software and 2) customer demand for and Quantum's future revenue from such products, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Quantum on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Quantum's actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. More detailed information about these risk factors are set forth in Quantum's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Risk Factors," in Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 6, 2014. Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Bob Wientzen
Public Relations
Quantum Corp.
(720) 406-5667
[email protected]

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