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IBM Leads in Tape Drives, Says Analyst Firm


ARMONK, NY - 12 Apr 2004: IBM today announced that it is the number one worldwide vendor in tape drive factory revenue for 2003, according to a recent Gartner Dataquest report [1].

According to the report, IBM gained more factory revenue share than any vendor in 2003 to take the top position in tape drives. IBM also showed significant unit growth and positive share gains in overall tape drive market, driven primarily by the continued growth in LTO Ultrium units and also by the rapid acceptance of IBM's new IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 introduced in September 2003.

"Tape drives are among the founding fathers of modern computer technology, tracing their roots back to the 1950s when IBM invented them," said Barry Rudolph, vice president, Tape Storage Systems, IBM. "As information-technology budgets shrink, low-cost tape storage has become more attractive as a way to cache ever increasing corporate data growth. IBM's comprehensive TotalStorage tape offerings provide our customers with an option to address growing business resiliency concerns and regulatory requirements."

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Lisa Lanspery
IBM Media Relations
(646) 598-6171
lisalans@us.ibm.com

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