TRACKING U.S. TAPE MEDIA SHIPMENTS & REVENUES

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TRACKING U.S. TAPE MEDIA SHIPMENTS & REVENUES

 user 2009-05-06 at 12:30:10 pm Views: 52
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    http://www.infostor.com/index/articles/display/328478/s-articles/s-infostor/s-backup-and_recovery/s-disk-based-backup/s-sense-and-sensibility-about-tape-and-disk.html
    Tracking tape media shipments/revenues
    Revenues from backup tape cartridges topped $351 million in the fourth quarter (the most recent period for which data is available), according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group’s quarterly Backup Tape Tracker report. LTO cartridges accounted for a large portion of overall revenues—more than $262 million.

    Total LTO cartridge shipments were 6.8 million units. LTO–4, the latest generation of the LTO format, accounted for 12% of unit shipments, while LTO–3 accounted for 43% of LTO cartridge shipments and 41% of revenues. Sales of LTO–2 cartridges held steady, accounting for 36% of LTO cartridge shipments and 25% of revenues.Shipments of DDS cartridges were down significantly in the fourth quarter, at 2.47 million units, with the DAT–72 format accounting for 33% of unit shipments and 51% of revenues. The newer DAT–160 cartridges accounted for 7% of DDS shipments. Hewlett–Packard led the DDS cartridge market with a 49% market share. Overall DDS cartridge revenues topped $17 million.

    Shipments of DLT–S tape cartridges were about 780,000 units in Q4, with HP leading this market segment followed by Quantum and Maxell.Shipments of DLT–V tape cartridges held steady in Q4, at about 480,000 units and $14.72 million in revenues. Hewlett–Packard led this segment with a 23% market share, followed by Quantum with a 16% slice.AIT cartridge sales were about 380,000 in Q4, with AIT developer Sony holding on to a 96% market share.Shipments of QIC tape cartridges were only about 190,000 units in Q4, representing about $6.4 million in revenues. Imation dominated the QIC segment with an 86% market share. —DS