Group Dynamics

By Baselinemag  |  Posted 2004-01-16 Email Print this article Print

Tape remains the leader of the backup pack, delivering more bytes for the storage buck than even the lowest-cost disk drives.

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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 ( 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.


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