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Diskers Enjoying Tape Woes

Recent mishaps involving backup tapes have emboldened vendors that push their products and services as tape replacements.

In the wake of several high-profile snafus involving tape, Data Domain Inc., Unitrends Corp., and Asigra Inc. are launching disk-based backup alternatives (see Unitrends Intros Protection Appliance and Asigra Bolsters Televaulting).

Data Domain announced an enterprise version of its disk backup appliance today, while Unitrends added an appliance for SMBs, and Asigra added features to its Televaulting backup-and-recovery software for service providers.

All companies say they can eliminate the kinds of news-making foul-ups that have plagued Ameritrade, Bank of America, and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX). Since February, all those firms have had tapes lost while being transported (see A Tale of Lost Tapes).

We’re definitely seeing more interest in people getting rid of tapes and going completely tapeless,” says Data Domain marketing director Bart Bartlett, pointing to recent news stories.

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