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Sepaton's Got Virtual Tape

Whats in a name? In the case of Sepaton Inc., it’s a new identity and a fresh start for a company that probably felt cursed under its old name.

The Southborough, Mass.-based startup today announced the S2100 virtual tape library appliance, which it first demonstrated last May when the company called itself SANgate Systems Inc
(see SANgate Tries Again).

Mike Worhach joined the firm as CEO in September and began looking for a new name. “We found almost every name was taken,” Worhach says, “but the significance of Sepaton is backwards it spells ‘No tapes.’ ” [Ed. note: Tihson?!]

Maybe that’s the app-backwards way of marketing an integrated disk backup-and-recovery system designed to make backups easier by eliminating the need for tape. Sepaton claims its appliance allows customers to perform backups at 10 times the speed of tape while cutting the cost. The S210 ships in configurations from 3.5 Tbytes to 200 Tbytes, with list pricing starting at $58,000. The appliance’s software allows it to emulate tape libraries and formats so customers can perform backup-and-restore the same way they’re doing it now -- only faster.

Worhach says the appliance is certified with software from Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS), Legato Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: LGTO), BakBone Software Inc. (Toronto: BKB), CommVault Systems Inc., and IBM Tivoli. The new CEO says Sepaton has 12 resellers lined up and several paying customers, including Harvard University and Northeastern University.

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