Tape storage vendor Exabyte has laid down the gauntlet in the application server market by outlining its Mammoth technology roadmap.
At a recent briefing in Sydney, Exabyte CEO Bill Marriner reported that although the company had lost ground by being late to market with Mammoth, it is now recapturing market share lost to DLT.
Exabyte has announced that the next generation Mammoth drive, due mid 1999, will deliver a native data transfer rate of 12Mbps and capacity of 70GB (currently 3Mbps and 20GB). By mid-2000 this will soar to a native transfer rate of 20Mbps with 200GB capacity.
According to Marriner: "Third-party research and our own end-user research points to reliability and performance as the top storage requirements in the application server market, followed by capacity.
"Since capacity constraints can easily be overcome through automation solutions, it makes sense to focus product development on performance."
Also announced is the first of the new series of Arrowhead tape libraries -- the Exabyte 230D. Marriner says the solution "provides customers who have selected DLTtape technology with the reliability inherent in Exabyte automation".
Bill Williams, managing director of distributor Storabyte Solutions, said that the announcements give the Exabyte channel confidence in the product and opportunity to sell into customer sites using non-Exabyte tape storage.
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