Group DynamicsBy Baselinemag | Posted 2004-01-16 Email Print
Tape remains the leader of the backup pack, delivering more bytes for the storage buck than even the lowest-cost disk drives.: Tape Storage">
Group Dynamics: Tape Storage
What It Is: Systems that store and retrieve data using removable magnetic tape cartridges.
Key Players: Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC), Exabyte, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Overland Storage, Qualstar, Quantum, Sony, Storage Technology (StorageTek).
Market Size: $2.03 billion in revenues, 2002 (IDC, Sept. 2003)*
What's Happening: Tape libraries are providing higher density and greater reliability, as cheaper disks are becoming a more attractive option for short-term backup.
Expertise Online: The Association of Storage Networking Professionals (www.asnp.org) offers online forums and local chapter events.
After zero growth last year, tape library shipments are expected to increase at a 10.2% compound annual growth rate through 2008.