Tape vendor Exabyte has finally shipped its 40Gb tape product, Mammoth, a year later than expected in a bid to win back lost market share from Quantum.
An Exabyte insider admitted it had handed customers over to Quantum on 'a silver platter', through being late to market, and it had suffered financially last year as a result.
Peter Behrendt, CEO for Exabyte, said: 'Mammoth is late to market. We have all anxiously waited for it and now it is shipping it is a major accomplishment for us.'
But the firm faces tough competition from Quantum's DLT range and from Sony.
Mike Capstick, marketing manager at Exabyte distributor CMS Peripherals, dismissed the rivals. 'There are an awful lot of OEMs who are going to support Mammoth and this will lock out rival Sony from the market. Quantum's DLT7000 is nothing but vapourware so far,' he said.
The Colorado-based company is also signing up specialist distributors across Europe to carry its Eagle range of quarter-inch products for the PC market.
Behrendt said: 'We're counting heavily on quarter-inch to grow in the future. With our focus on Eagle we can drive into the bottom of the Dat market.'
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