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Monday, 05/11/05

Maxtor Launches SMB Server Backup

New Maxtor OneTouch™ II Small Business Edition Drive Provides Simple, Affordable and Automated Backups for Small-business Servers.

MILPITAS, Calif.– Extending its leadership in external storage and backup, Maxtor Corporation (NYSE: MXO) announced today that it has taken the simplicity of its award-winning Maxtor OneTouch II drive and created a one-of-a-kind server backup solution for small businesses. The new Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition drive provides easy installation, automatic backups, quick restore features, remote notification, and simple storage management for small business Windows® servers. Offered at 200GB, the drive can easily and cost-effectively backup up to 300GB of compressed’ business files, accounting records, emails and more, automatically every day, without the hassle of swapping out tapes, CDs or DVDs.

The Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition drive has no complex menus or commands, and no in-depth technical knowledge is required to set it up. Just plug it in using the included USB 2.0 cable, install and walk through Maxtor’s easy setup wizard, and it’s done. The default setting is ready to back up everything on the server’s local disk drives nightly at 10 pm. If needed, users can quickly and easily set their own schedule for server backups. Remote notification is provided by way of simple red light/green light desktop icons on a networked PC, as well as email notification communicating the completion of backups.

The Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition drive comes integrated with an exclusive version of EMC® Dantz® Retrospect® Express HD Server software with open file backup support, a feature usually available only in more expensive enterprise backup packages. This feature helps protect database applications that must run 24x7, or files accidentally left open at the end of the day. The drive also features Maxtor’s exclusive, user-friendly interface for easy drive management as well as Maxtor DriveLock™ technology to password protect the contents of the drive in case of loss or unauthorized use.

“Small business owners know that they should be backing up their data, just like they know they should be flossing their teeth, but not everyone does it,” said Ray Boggs, vice president, Small/Medium Business Research at IDC. “Only about 40% of small businesses regularly back up and keep it in a safe location, which speaks to the need of an affordable, easy-to-use solution such as the new Maxtor small business drive.”

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“Most small businesses do not have an IT staff and rely on solutions that are easy to install and easy to use, so extending our Maxtor OneTouch product into the small business server market is a natural fit,” said Stacey Lund, vice president of marketing for Maxtor’s Branded Products Group. “As the leader in innovative pushbutton backup and storage, it’s important to provide our customers with a solution that protects the data they’ve worked so hard to build. With the Maxtor OneTouch Small Business Edition drive, we’ve created a best-in-class solution, giving small business owners peace of mind in knowing that their data is safe.”

Comparing Maxtor’s new server backup solution to tape, third-party vendor National Technical Systems” (NTS), www.ntscorp.com <http://www.ntscorp.com/> , said, “to put it simply, the Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition outperformed all competitors tested in all categories tested.” According to the company’s report, users can backup 50GB of server data up to 4.5 times faster than with tape. If a full restore is needed using the same amount of data, the Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition drive can complete this task during a lunch hour, while a tape solution takes an entire day. This additional time could be crippling for a small business.

Other benefits of the Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition drive include:

  • Improved productivity with automated unattended backups – there is no waiting around to swap tapes
  • Lower total cost of ownership, including the time to manage backups and media every day
  • Remote notification via simple red light/green light desktop icons on a networked PC, as well as email notification to let you know if the backups are completed successfully
  • External format enables one or more backup copies to be quickly rotated and stored offsite for additional protection.
  • Eliminates human errors in tape handling, thereby improving reliability in restoring files
  • Self-grooming storage management feature automatically purges duplicate or older version files to maintain the capacity level of the drive

    The Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition drive comes in 200GB (300GB compressed) capacity and is priced at $599.95 MSRP. Major retailers, distributors and online stores, as well as www.maxstore.com, will begin carrying the drive in mid-May. Please visit www.maxtor.com for more details.

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