EMC Introduces Multipurpose Tape Alternative

August 10, 2011: With declarations of the death of tape celebrating their 50th anniversary, disk-storage leader EMC is unveiling its first integrated solution for all mainframe tape use cases. While the company admits that the belief that tape is dead is probably never going to be true, it says the challenges with tape are real and the tape market will continue to shrink as it evolves to satisfy very specific workloads like long-term archival storage.

According to IDC analyst Robert Amatruda (Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance 2011-2015 Forecast and 2010 Vendor Shares, May 2011), customers are demanding faster backup, restore and recovery, and, increasingly, disk systems are being placed in the data-protection path. The worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market was worth $1.7 billion in 2010, with EMC holding the lion’s share (64.2%), and the market is expected to reach more than $3.6 billion by 2015 “as customers continue to forgo investments in their tape infrastructure.”

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Author: Steve Wexler

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