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EMC uses tape to boost information lifecycle management strategy

EMC will move into the OEM ADIC tape products arena or even attempt to acquire Advanced Digital Information (ADIC), according to industry rumours.

Nigel Ghent, EMC marketing director said, "We don't comment on speculation or rumour around acquisition," adding that,  "tape will be a part of our ILM (information lifecycle management) strategy. We are looking into potential partnerships in the tape space."

EMC chief executive officer Joe Tucci said last month that EMC wants to offer a choice of data protection and identified two separate markets.

First, there is the traditional backup/recovery market with tape, and then there is the disc storage data protection area with replication, snaps and clones.

"By combining these two technologies this is going to be the future of what customers will use... We have all the pieces. We want to marry the best," Tucci said.

ADIC is an EMC partner and a member of EMC's Developers Program. It has recently introduced a combined disc-to-disc-to-tape product called PathLight. Files are backed up to disc, taking advantage of disc's speed to reduce backup windows, and then written to tape.

EMC hopes a PathLight-like product will blend serial ATA disc and tape technologies, to offer continuous, disc-based backup along with backup to tape.

"We have a long standing policy of not providing any comments at all on any possible communication with any potential OEMs," said ADIC spokesman Steve Whitner.

"Since we're the largest supplier of libraries for open system backup in the world -- and we have products like Pathlight VX - it's logical that someone looking for a library or a backup hardware partner would talk to us as a potential candidate," he added.

Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com


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