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Published: 17 Oct 2012

While big businesses drop millions of dollars on their backup infrastructure, lucky small business IT managers are allotted a couple thousand dollars. Exabyte, which makes VXA-2 tape technology, is hoping small- and medium-sized businesses will choose to spend their limited funds with them on its new 10-cartridge autoloader, the VXA-2 PacketLoader 1U, which in a 1.75" rackmount form factor can hold up to 1.6TBs and is priced under $2,500. Compare that to a six-slot, 864GB 2U DDS autoloader from Certance (formerly Seagate Removable Storage) that retails on its Web site for $4,199. Exabyte's new PacketLoader is the culmination of a lot of thinking about how the market is shaping up, says Kelly Beavers, Exabyte vice president of marketing. On the one hand, data is growing at 20% to 50% per year. On the other, the price of entry-level servers continues to drop. According to Beavers, next year, a majority of servers will cost under $10,000. These factors both point to the need for denser, cheaper tape automation products. The PacketLoader also includes higher-end... Access >>>

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