Tape Vendors Sticking Together
An alliance of tape media vendors is hoping to raise awareness of the 50-year-old technology's merits.An alliance of tape media vendors hopes to raise awareness of the 50-year-old technologys merits and to help users determine the best fitting solutions. Officials of the Tape Technology Council, who began forming last year, on Tuesday launched the group and the Web site, tapecouncil.org, hoping to reach users who are considering converting to disk backup, or who are without archiving products at all, said organization director Rich Harada, of Creative Businesses Inc., in Hillsdale, N.J. Some of the groups initial members, who are each paying $15,000 a year and who each get one vote, are IBM, Imation Corp., Seagate Technology LLC, Sony Corp., Storage Technology Corp. and Quantum Corp.
The groups potential value to users, said Bob Abraham, an analyst with Freeman Reports, in Ojai, Calif., is to "provide them with a large pool of information, as opposed to hearing singularly each individual technologies, or each individual vendor."