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Fresh off its first OEM deal, removable disk startup ProStor Systems today picked up $12.2 million in funding. (See ProStor Completes Funding.)

ProStor first popped up last November when it revealed its RDX technology for removable-disk cartridges as a faster and cheaper alternative to tape backups for SMBs. Neither ProStor nor its competitors had any products out yet and details on the company's direction were sketchy back then.

"We were a little coy about our plans for bringing the product to market," CEO Steve Georgis admits.

Georgis is more willing to share info now that he has funding and an OEM deal with Tandberg Data. (See ProStor & Tandberg Agree.) ProStor's strategy is to pursue more OEM deals with its current drives for SMBs and eventually take the technology upstream to the enterprise.

Tandberg will sell ProStor's 2.5-inch RDX drives in 40-Gbyte, 80-Gybte, and 120-Gbyte capacities beginning in the third quarter of this year. ProStor licenses the technology to Tandberg, which manufactures and sells the drives. Georgis says ProStor will not sell any products directly.

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