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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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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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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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The A-to-Z of storage news: Your quick 'n' dirty tasting menu

The time around VMworld - which runs from 25 to 28 August in San Francisco – saw a frenetic pace of announcements which were obliterated from the main news radar screens by things like VMware’s EVO: RAIL. Here’a catch-up list of many of them. In alphabetic order of the suppliers: Brocade has extended support for its Solid State …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014
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BizNAS at the front, party at the back: Tandberg adds Dropbox to NAS crate

BizNAS is Tandberg Data's latest offering - a small business NAS box with iSCSI block access and integrated Dropbox support plus backup to removable disk. The system, available in 1U rackmount and desktop configurations, is powered by Debian Linux running on dual-core Intel Atom processors. It boasts four drive bays and provides …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2013
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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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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

There has been much sniggering into sleeves after wags found they could upset iOS 6 iPhones and iPads, and Macs running OS X 10.8, by sending a simple rogue text message or email. A bug is triggered when the CoreText component in vulnerable Apple operating systems tries to render on screen a particular sequence of Unicode …
Chris Williams, 04 Sep 2013
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Don't count out Overland Storage: Borged mixed tape biz = PROFIT at last

We expected declining revenues and another loss and Overland didn’t disappoint. First fiscal 2014 quarter revenues of $10.6m were down 9 per cent on the annual compare and 12 per cent compared to the previous quarter. On the other hand, its new acquisition means it pulls a lot of resources out of the tape biz and into the more …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2013
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Brit disk biz Nexsan out of the frying pan and into the firing line

Imation's purchase of Nexsan for $120m will be seen as a failed exit for Nexsan's venture capital backers in the eyes of the most ferocious investors. Nexsan is in the second tier of disk drive array storage vendors, and has found it hard to progress into the top tier. It has failed twice at launching a successful IPO since it …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2013
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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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Is it a bird? Is it a cloud? No! It's just a new Seagate biz NAS box

Seagate has added one, two and four-bay desktop filers to its product range, calling it Seagate Business Storage. The boxes also feature an external SATA bus to hook up removable drives. The manufacturer has, unlike its rivals, mercifully resisted the temptation to call the network-attached storage a personal or small-biz "cloud …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
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Overland Storage may acquire Tandberg

Overland Storage may be about to acquire Tandberg Data. A crippled tape and disk data protection and NAS storage supplier bleeding cash, Overland Storage is looking for respite from its financial woes by acquiring, on a basis of equals, the newly recovered Tandberg Data. The news is laid out in an SEC form SC 13D/A filing …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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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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Quantum claws its way back to profit

Quantum returned to profit after its unexpected loss last quarter and has expanded into SME filer storage and virtual server backup and dedupe. There was a $5m loss in its previous quarter the first in its fiscal 2012, on revenues of $154m, some of that put at the door of sales mis-execution. This time, in the quarter ending 30 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011
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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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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
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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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Slovakian flies to Dublin with 90 grams of explosive

A Slovakian electrician flew from Bratislava to Dublin with 90 grams of RDX plastic explosive in his luggage after an "unconventional security operation" went seriously awry, the Times reports. The unnamed sparks was returning to Ireland, where's he's lived for four years, unaware that his baggage contained enough RDX "to blow …
Lester Haines, 06 Jan 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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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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Lenovo chases SMBs with Xeon E3 towers

Server maker Lenovo is one of the first vendors out the door with entry tower servers aimed at small and medium businesses based on Intel's "Sandy Bridge-DT" Xeon E3-1200 processors. The Xeon E3 chips are designed for single-socket servers and workstations. They were previewed by Intel back in March and started shipping in early …
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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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Slovakian police chief quits over Dublin explosives run

The Slovakian chief of border police, Tibor Mako, has quit following a major security cock-up which saw an unwitting electrician fly from the country's Poprad-Tatry airport to Dublin with 90 grams of RDX plastic explosive in his luggage. Security services planted eight pieces of contraband in passengers' baggage at Bratislava …
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2010
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Quantum shrinks, hopes to swell up after Big Data booster shot

Storage software and hardware provider Quantum Corp is shrinking – not a lot, but it's visible – yet it wants to grow so very much. It has decided to ship Amplidata object storage technology for big data as its latest growth strategy. Will it succeed? Quantum was an important tape technology vendor, with its own format, drives, …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2012
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Tandberg goes atomic on NAS

Tandberg Data has announced a deduping Atom-powered NAS/iSCSI box for its channel along with deduplication software. The DPS2000 is a 4-bay storage box in table-top or rackmount enclosure form. It's powered by an Intel Atom processor and the Linux software provides concurrent iSCSI block access as well as the CIFS, NFS and AFP …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2010
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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
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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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Removable hard disks make a come-backup

There's always something a little off-beat around the edges of these shows, and this time it was a small company, called Idealstor, pushing an ejectable hard disk called Teralyte as a replacement for tape backup. Teralyte is a different approach both from the removable disk cartridges offered by Tandberg and Iomega, and from …
Bryan Betts, 17 Oct 2007
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Tandberg Data taps out but doesn't go liquid

Tandberg Data ASA has filed for bankruptcy in Norway after it was unable to repay a loan from Cyrus Capital, and will use the process to restructure and reduce its debt burden. Tandberg Data ASA is a holding company which owns Tandberg Storage, responsible for tape drive design, manufacturing and OEM sales to the low- and mid- …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2009
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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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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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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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Brit firm aims to make airport perv scans obsolete

A British firm is aiming to capitalise on travellers' body issues with a security scanner that does not produce an image, yet can identify a wide range of concealed explosives. Following Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab's failed attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner over Detroit, body scanners are firmly on the security agenda. …
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UK jails schizophrenic for refusal to decrypt files

The first person jailed under draconian UK police powers that Ministers said were vital to battle terrorism and serious crime has been identified by The Register as a schizophrenic science hobbyist with no previous criminal record. His crime was a persistent refusal to give counter-terrorism police the keys to decrypt his …

ADS touts iPod, PSP friendly USB video accelerator

Fed up with the hours it takes to encode video into the iPod- and PSP-friendly H.264 format? If so, the answer, according to video peripherals maker ADS Tech, is an H.264 encoding accelerator and, by sheer coincidence, it has one it would like to sell to you. ads tech instantvideo to go h.264 accelerator The InstantVideo To …
Hard Reg, 20 Nov 2006
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Tandberg puts DiskStor library on books

Tandberg Data is continuing its migration to becoming a disk and tape-based data protection vendor with the addition of a DiskStor virtual tape library to its product range next quarter. With echoes of QuikStor, its RDX removable disk media product, in the name, the DiskStor D-Series is being previewed at Cebit in Hanover. We're …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2009
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Terrorists target offshore call centres

A terrorist cell busted by Indian police was planning attacks on leading software firms in Bangalore. Three men were shot dead and two arrested in southwest Delhi on Saturday. Indian police claim the men were members of Lashkar-e-Toiba - a Wahabi militant group fighting for an independent Kashmir. Police found documents …
John Oates, 07 Mar 2005
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Tandberg touts VXA to Euro channels

The market for tape drives may be declining, but that doesn't mean it's dead or unprofitable, declared Tandberg Data as it launched a European version of the VXA Alliance, its vehicle for convincing resellers to adopt the ex-Exabyte VXA tape format. Tandberg corporate marketeer Marije Stijnen claimed that a reduced emphasis on …
Bryan Betts, 18 May 2007
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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
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Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible?

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air; And a loud voice came forth out of the temple of Heaven, From the throne, saying, "It is done!" --Revelation 16:17 Binary liquid explosives are a sexy staple of Hollywood thrillers. It would be tedious to enumerate the movie terrorists who've employed relatively harmless …
Thomas C Greene, 17 Aug 2006
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An Outlook worm to jam NSA's Echelon

UK-based anti-virus outfit Sophos is reporting a new variant of the LoveBug Outlook worm which contains a large amount of hidden text, apparently designed to attract the US National Security Agency's Echelon spy satellite network and overload it. Comments within the executable file include large swaths of text such as: "NSA …
Thomas C Greene, 16 May 2001