Top tape libraries revealed

The fourth Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards are for tape libraries, and users have indicated a high level of satisfaction for these backup mainstays, citing StorageTek and Spectra Logic as the top libraries.

RECENT DIOGENES LABS-STORAGE MAGAZINE QUALITY AWARDS HAVE RUN counter to conventional wisdom as lesser-known vendors and products have trumped established market leaders. But the underdogs didn't prevail in the tape library category of our awards, where Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek, now Sun Microsystems Inc.) scored a solid one-two punch--ranking first in the enterprise-class category and second in the midrange category (see "

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Looking at the results from our various Quality Awards-- StorageTek's ranking in this tape libra ry survey, StorageTek's win among midrange disk arrays and Sun's strong second-place showing among enterprise-class storage arrays --one would have to conclude that the Sun/ StorageTek combination bodes well for storage users. It should be noted that the Sun libraries included in our survey are OEM versions of StorageTek libraries.

However, StorageTek's strong showing in both categories doesn't overshadow Spectra Logic Corp.'s firstplace win in the midrange libraries category. In a field populated by much larger competitors, Spectra Logic users indicated strong satisfaction across all categories of our survey. The high approval ratings bolster the perception of the company as having innovative technology and engineering acumen, even though it may not enjoy the larger market presence of some of its competitors.

This was first published in January 2006

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