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Sepaton Goes Standard on VTL

In a nod to the increasing commoditization of storage hardware, Sepaton Inc. is rolling out a new virtual tape library (VTL) based on industry-standard parts.

Sepaton next week will announce its second-generation VTL, which will replace its original offering based on proprietary hardware. The S2100-ES2 uses Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) Xeon processors instead of the custom-built motherboard in the original S2100-ES (see Sepaton's Got Virtual Tape).

Sepaton business development VP Paul Feresten says industry-standard parts allow Sepaton to build more scaleable systems and offer more frequent upgrades. Hes also hoping the change makes it easier for the startup to land OEM deals.

Xiotech Corp. used the same reasoning when it launched its latest SAN system based on Xeon processors earlier this month (see Xiotech Regroups and Xiotech Gives Magnitude a Tuneup).

“The notion of a company like us using a proprietary piece of hardware was more negative than positive -- it couldn’t scale well,” Feresten says. “At heart, we’re a software company, and we needed to demonstrate that our software runs on industry-standard hardware. It doesn’t make sense for us to be in the custom hardware business.”

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