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HP & Sony Dive Into DAT

HP and Sony have joined forces around Digital Audio Tape (DAT), developing high-capacity drives aimed at bolstering small business backups.

The ‘S’ side of the SMBs typically only have one server,” says Bob Wilson, vice president of HP’s storage platforms division, explaining that firms are now looking for higher capacity DAT technology for backup. “You’re doing backup for one server with the DAT drive - that could be integrated into a tower server, or integrated into the rack above the server.”

Under the terms of today’s deal, HP and Sony will jointly develop 320-Gbyte DAT drives, which they will both sell under their respective brands. Wilson explains that the DAT 320 will offer double the capacity of HP’s existing 160-Gbyte DAT drives.

The maximum capacity offered by HP’s DAT rival Quantum is also 160 Gbytes, although users are now looking for higher capacity DAT drives, prompted by the ongoing data explosion.

"I think that customers are looking for any ability to manage their ever-increasing amount of data that is being generated," says Robert Amatruda, research director at analyst firm IDC.

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