IBM Leads in Worldwide Tape Revenue, Says Analyst Firm

IDC Report Affirms IBM's No. 1 Revenue Position in Drives and Automation

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ARMONK, NY - 19 May 2005: IBM, the leader in delivering information on demand, today announced that it is once again the number one vendor in worldwide tape drive revenue share for 2004, according to a recent IDC report [1].
The report stated that at the close of 2004, IBM held the top spot in the worldwide tape drive market with 33% revenue share. In addition, IBM held the number one revenue position in the worldwide midrange tape automation market with 27% share, according to the report. Furthermore, IBM made gains in the enterprise segment by shipping more than half the enterprise tape drives in 2004, led by IBM's Enterprise Tape Drive 3592.

"IBM is the pioneer of tape storage, having invented the technology more than 50 years ago," said Cindy Grossman, vice president, Tape Storage Systems, IBM. "Our leadership is proof that we are delivering innovative tape system offerings to address our clients' changing needs as they build the storage foundation of information on demand enterprises."

IBM also recently announced enhancements to its midrange and enterprise tape products, adding to IBM's already robust product line. WORM (write once read many) capabilities on the third generation of IBM TotalStorage Ultrium Tape Family offerings can help to support the long-term retention of reference data and address the requirements of regulatory bodies worldwide. The new IBM TotalStorage 3953 Library Manager extends the capabilities of its tape virtualization and highly scalable tape automation offerings.

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