Gartner Research

Tape Drives: Overview

Published: 23 March 2005

ID: G0090152

Analyst(s): April Adams, Fara Yale


Despite the threat from disk-based backup solutions, tape drives continue to be a viable force in the market and are still universally used for most backup and archive applications. Included here is a technology overview of all tape technologies shipping today, along with a historical perspective.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • Linear Technologies
    • Helical Scan Technologies
    • Tape Automation Products
  • Technology Analysis
    • Business Use
  • Technology Leaders
    • Certance (Costa Mesa, California, U.S.A.)
    • Exabyte Corporation (Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.)
    • Fujitsu (Tokyo, Japan)
    • HP (Cupertino, California, U.S.A.)
    • IBM (Armonk, New York, U.S.A.)
    • MKE/Panasonic (Ehime, Japan)
    • NEC (Tokyo, Japan)
    • Quantum Corporation (Milpitas, California, U.S.A.)
    • Sony Electronics, Inc. (San Jose, California, U.S.A.)
    • Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek) (Louisville, Colorado, U.S.A.)
    • Tandberg Data ASA (Oslo, Norway)
    • Recommended Gartner Research
  • Insight

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