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IBM has announced an agreement with Hewlett-Packard Company
and Seagate Technology, Inc. to introduce a common
technology for tape data interchange in the enterprise and
midrange network storage environments. This agreement will
enable IBM to eventually extend its Magstar product line
into this open format specification, which is intended to
simplify the complex tape marketplace.

This agreement further allows IBM to more rapidly introduce
Magstar storage solutions that will directly address the
requirements of the rapidly growing network computing

IBM's flagship tape product, the Magstar 3590 currently
carries on the legacy of tape technology leadership handed
down by its predecessors, which include the 3480, followed
by the 3490 and 3490E models.

"Working with such well respected storage companies as
Hewlett-Packard and Seagate to define this common approach,
lays the foundation for the interchange and compatibility
that customers have been asking for," said Kevin Reardon,
business line manager, IBM Removable Media Storage
Solutions. "The application of this new common technology
provides an excellent opportunity for industry participants
to develop interchangeable tape products for the fast
growing network storage environment. It also assures that
IBM customers will have a Magstar roadmap that extends well
into the next century."

The new common interchange initiative will allow for
industry-wide consistency and compatibility across multiple
vendor products. The initial support of three storage
industry leaders is expected to help this new technology to
gain broad acceptance among drive, media and software


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