Have just read another press article completely ignoring ADIC. See below:
Advanced tape backup not ready for prime time By Sonia R. Lelii, PC Week Online February 28, 2000 12:00 AM ET IBM's inability to deliver its newest tape drive technology on schedule has OEM partners weighing their options. The Armonk, N.Y., company was due to come out in January with its first LTO (Linear Tape Open) drive, backup technology that would set new thresholds for speed, capacity and low cost. Now IBM officials have extended the deadline to sometime during the first half of this year. IBM and Qualstar Corp., of Canoga Park, Calif., had announced at Comdex in November that an LTO tape library would be available by this month. "Sometimes you run into problems, especially with new technology," said Felix Munoz, an IBM product marketing manager. "We have it under control." The delay will allow other manufacturers of LTO technology�Hewlett-Packard Co. and Seagate Technology Inc.�to catch up. Officials of HP, in Palo Alto, Calif., and Seagate, in Scotts Valley, Calif., said their LTO tapes will be available this summer. OEMs including Qualstar, Exabyte Corp. and Storage Technology Corp. are ready to ship LTO tape libraries as soon as IBM, HP and Seagate deliver the drives, but now that IBM has slipped, all bets are off as to who will be the supplier of choice.
"IBM has a history of being late," said Tim Weir, a senior product manager for the storage automation division at Exabyte, in Boulder, Colo. "As IBM slips, we are evaluating IBM and HP on even ground."
StorageTek officials say whoever is first to market will have the advantage. "It is very likely we will take the first tape drive that is out," said Dan Skane, a product manager at StorageTek, in Louisville, Colo.
Regardless of who's first, users will benefit from LTO compatibility among vendors. IBM, HP and Seagate have formed a consortium and funded an independent testing lab to ensure that data is interchangeable among different vendors' drives. Still, it may be 12 to 18 months before LTO tape libraries get a solid foothold. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in Toronto, doesn't have a great need yet for interchangeable tapes. "But we want that flexibility," said Fernando Martins, manager of midrange systems operations and technical services at the bank. "We would like to see the market embrace the technology first."
So StorageTek gets a mention but ADIC do not, Exabyte get a mention by ADIC do not, even Qualstar gets a mention but ADIC do not. WHat is going on????
Can't complain at 90 5/8ths though - somebody is noticing ADIC.