Tandberg Data Acquires ProStor to Expand RDX Disk Business

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-12 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An RDX system combines key elements of hard-disk storage, including random-access performance, high reliability and rapid capacity growth, with the backup and portability benefits of tape, all in a removable cartridge.

Data storage provider Tandberg Data revealed May 12 that it is in the process of acquiring ProStor Systems' RDX removable disk storage business to augment its own RDX division.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tandberg said that it would retain most of the ProStor engineering staff to go with the company's intellectual property.

Six-year-old ProStor Systems, based in Boulder, Colo., is the inventor and original developer of RDX removable disk IT and the only vendor to offer a multi-tiered storage system based on RDX.

An RDX system combines key elements of hard-disk storage, including random-access performance, high reliability and rapid capacity growth, with the backup and portability benefits of tape, all in a removable cartridge.

RDX has become an industry standard in removable disk storage for backup, data protection and archive. Tandberg Data had already established itself as a market leader in the removable disk market since the introduction of RDX in 2006.

Imation, which partners with Dell in this sector, and Quantum also are the two other major RDX storage vendors.

Tandberg Data is a Germany-based spinoff of Norway's Tandberg, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2010 for $3.3 billion for its video-conferencing business.

Tandberg Data also serves as a holding company for its major business line, Tandberg Storage, which designs and makes the RDX drives for OEM sales to the low- and midrange markets.

Tandberg Data also is the only company still selling drives that use the QIC (also known as SLR) and VXA formats. It also produces LTO (Linear Tape-Open) devices along with autoloaders, tape libraries, NAS devices, media and virtual tape libraries.

Tandberg Data said it intends to work closely together with ProStor's current RDX license partners, to further grow the removable disk market through continued investment in the technology.

 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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