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ProStor's InfiniVault sells slowly

ProStor has announced that just 200 customers have bought its multi-disk InfiniVault archive whereas there are 250,000 customers for the single slot RDX removable disk product. The quarter of a million customers have bought more than 1 million RDX disk cartridges, totalling 200PB of capacity. The InfiniVault multi-disk archive …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2011
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ProStor makes new money from old data

Archiving is no big bucks bonanza. Look at the declining tape business, the collapse of Plasmon, and Copan struggling to survive. Yet in this harsh environment, startup ProStor, with its removable disk technology, appears to be booming. ProStor is a tape cartridge replacement play. A fundamental difference from tape is that the …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2009

Hybrid flash array maker Starboard bags biz trio

Starboard Storage is taking on three experienced execs to help it grow. Starboard, the re-named and re-energised Reldata, punts a hybrid flash+disk unified file and iSCSI-accessed storage array and has recruited: Tom Major, the ex-SVP of product management and business operations at Seagate, and he was at iSCSI array start-up …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2013
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Newly spunky Tandberg grapples RDX

Two years ago Tandberg Data was an ailing company, but yesterday it agreed to buy the RDX removable disk assets from ProStor, signalling its return to health. RDX is the removable disk drive cartridge technology devised by ProStor Systems with manufacturing and marketing rights licensed first to Tandberg Data and then to Imation …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2011
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Quantum falls for RDX

Quantum has signed up with ProStor to OEM its RDX removable disk drive, giving ProStor a virtual monopoly of the disk-based removable storage market for small and medium businesses. Quantum's history is that of a tape storage vendor that used to develop and maintain its own proprietary DLT format but has had to adopt the all- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2010
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1.5TB 2.5-inch drives

You can't rely on disk drive manufactures to tell you much at all about new higher-capacity drives coming our way, but you can get hints from their OEMs. ProStor CEO Frank Herbist recently gave out a loud one. ProStor makes removable RDX disk drives, 2.5-inch drives inside a rugged case, and the InfiniVault RDX autoloader and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2010
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BDT jumps on removable disk bandwagon

BDT, one of the world's main tape automation OEMs, is going to make automated devices using removable RDX hard drives alongside its existing tape autoloaders and libraries. BDT, which has been supplying tape automation products since 1988, will now build multi-TB data protection products using ProStor's removable RDX drives, …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2010
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Imation's new buying spree strategy

Okay, we've stopped draining cash and stabilised the business – now let's buy into growth storage markets. That is Imation's new strategy in a nutshell. CEO and president Mark Lucas fronts a statement issued by Imation, which says it will work its existing but declining businesses to wring more cash out of them while looking to …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2011
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PopDrive and Bantam have a pop at RDX

Two upstarts - Idealstore's Bantam and DHK's PopDrive - want to challenge ProStor, the king of removable hard drive storage with its RDX technology. The RDX is a shock-proofed 2.5-inch hard drive which fits into a dock and has various capacity levels topping out at 1TB. Docks and drives are made by Tandberg Data and Imation, who …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2010
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Tape backup could be binned soon

Backing up to tape in an autoloader or small library could be heading for the graveyard if an Imation deal with BDT comes good. BDT is a white-box manufacturer of tape autoloaders and libraries, devices with up to four tape drives and 96 slots for cartridges. They are used in small and medium businesses (SMBs) to back up data …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2010

Shareholders rage over Imation's incredible 88% plunge

How do you build a $226m company? Start with a $2bn one. This joke could apply to Imation, which could go the way of Kodak and turn shareholder value into dross, because its management, facing declining sales of old technology, is late to respond and now buying bum companies with crappy prospects. That's the view implied by …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2011
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Big Blue to ship RDX removable drives

That's it - with IBM joining the RDX party, there is now effectively only one business-class removable disk drive technology in town for backup, and that's ProStor. RDX is a USB-connect dock and removable 160, 320 or 500GB disk drives, that comes with backup software - Backup Exec or Yosemite FileKeeper. You back up to it like …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2009
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Tape business shows steep decline

The tape drive and media business shrank by a quarter in 2009. At this rate it could enter irrelevance in a few years time. Tape market tracking organisation the Santa Clara Consulting Group said (pdf) tape drive and media sales represented a $1.58bn market in 2009, down 25 per cent from $2.1bn in 2008, which was lower than the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2010
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Tandberg's RDX blockbuster

Tandberg Data looks to have a major success in waiting on its hands with the ProStor RDX QuikStor product - 90,000 drive docks have been sold in less than two years. ProStor's RDX is a removable cartridge containing a 2.5-inch notebook hard drive, up to 500GB in capacity, in a ruggedised case. It is slotted into an internal or …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2008
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Tandberg plots 1TB removable hard drive

Tandberg Data is planning a 1TB capacity RDX QuikStor removable hard drive for the August-September period. This will be the first 2.5-inch 1TB drive available. The RDX is a removable 2.5-inch hard drive in a shockproof case. It was developed by ProStor and Tandberg is a licensed maufacturer, along with Imation and the just- …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010
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Tandberg Data tells channel 'have some of DAT'

Contrary to any idea that manufacturing and selling removable RDX disk drives meant Tandberg Data was against SME tape products, the company is going to sell DAT drives and media products through its channel. Tandberg Data is working closely with HP on the release of DAT 320, the latest format, later this year. DAT (Digital …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2009
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Tandberg bigs up removable media capacity

Tandberg Data showed off a 320GB DAT drive at SNW in Frankfurt and has upped its RDX removable drive capacity to 640GB. This is the first public sighting of a DAT 320 drive, the 7th DAT generation, and drives should write 43GB of raw data an hour to a DAT320 cartridge, that's 11.9MB/sec. Storage Newsletter reports that it's a …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2009
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Where are the next storage startup stars?

Have we witnessed the end of an era? Has the great storage company growth boom ended with a series of big bang acquisitions: 3PAR, Archivas, Compellent, Data Domain, Diligent, EqualLogic, Isilon, LeftHand Networks, Ocarina, Storwize and more? Over the last five years a whole swathe of up-and-coming storage companies has been …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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Tandberg's tapeless tape drive

Tandberg Data is the latest storage vendor to bring out a removable-disk backup product. It says the RDX QuikStor combines the portability and simplicity of tape - its cartridges are tape-sized and plug in just as easily - with the speed of hard disk. The idea is that you use it like a tape drive, with the same backup software …
Bryan Betts, 03 Oct 2006
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Niche storage suppliers hold the line in recession

Niche storage suppliers are going great guns in the recession while broad product line suppliers, like IBM and EMC, are suffering. Looking inside IBM's overall good results, the recession-blighted fourth quarter of 2008 inflicted damage on its product revenues. Revenues from Systems and Technology, covering servers and storage, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2009
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MAID: Where's the love?

Why don't UK enterprises use MAID? This is puzzling. We live in an increasingly green era and spinning disk platters around while no one is using them is like having empty lorries drive up and down a motorway. Chris Evans, a UK storage consultant, positions MAID this way: "(It) refers to Massive Array of Idle Disks, which …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2009
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Who could the big storage beasts be looking to buy?

The big beasts of storage - Broadcom, Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp - are on the prowl, and could be looking for new targets to snap up. EMC recently snared Data Domain, but is always hungry - NetApp missed out, so it must be still looking. Broadcom wanted to buy Emulex but couldn't, so is hunting again. Dell has a well-publicised …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2009