Midrange tape systems: Meeting demand

The competitive market for midrange tape systems is a real bonus for buyers, who benefit from swift product enhancements and favorable prices. Here's a look at current and future offerings.



ManufacturerFormatCurrent Performance*List PriceNext-Generation Performance*Next-Generation Availability
Quantum Corp.SDLT 320160/16$4,500320/32Early 2004
Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Seagate Technology LLCLTO Ultrium 1100/10**$5,000200/20Early 2003
Sony Corp. of AmericaAIT-3100/12Less than $4,000200/24Late 2003
Exabyte Corp.M260/12$4,300250/24Late 2003

* Storage capacity in gigabytes/Transfer rate in megabytes per second.

** Price for IBM's drive. Other manufacturers' prices may vary.

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