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Vol. 2 No. 3 May 2003

DDS Lives as Replacement Fails to Materialize

Last year, the digital data storage (DDS) tape format, a.k.a. DAT, was in decline. Sony--along with Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (now called Certance), and HP--was one of three vendors that manufactured DDS, and had announced that it would no longer develop or sell the technology, while Seagate and HP seemed content to let it whither on the vine. DDS didn't die, though, and HP and Seagate are releasing a fifth generation of DDS, says Mike Lakowicz, Seagate RSS VP of product strategy and business development. Sony appears to be focusing on bringing its AIT-1 technology to small- to medium-sized business. @exb Recent Funding to Storage Companies Early spring was marked by a spate of Series B and C funding announcements to companies with shipping products and bona fide customers. @exe What happened? "Clearly, the business case was there," says Bob Abraham, president of Freeman Reports. So far, no DDS competitors have succeeded in garnering a leadership position in the low-end server drive market. Competition includes Sony's ...

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