Report: IBM Number One in Worldwide Branded Tape Revenue

Fifteenth Consecutive Quarter IBM Captures the Number-One Position in Worldwide Branded Tape Revenue

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that IDC, a leading IT market research and advisory firm, has reported that for Q3'07, IBM was once again the number one tape product vendor in the world, based on branded tape revenue (1). Overall, IBM captured 34.6 percent of the total branded tape revenue global market for Q3'07.

This latest report from IDC titled "IDC Worldwide Branded Tape 3Q'07 Vendor Analysis" marks the fifteenth consecutive quarter that IBM has held the number-one position in worldwide branded total tape revenue. In the history of IDC tracking quarterly branded tape revenue results, IBM is the only company to have fifteen consecutive quarters of worldwide branded tape revenue leadership.

"Addressing different storage access and retention requirements today is a significant challenge for IT administrators," said Cindy Grossman, Vice President, Tape Storage Solutions, IBM. "Exploiting a tiered storage hierarchy that includes disk, tape and virtualization can significantly address this challenge -- and its clear from fifteen consecutive quarters of leadership that IBM's tape storage offerings are addressing total cost of ownership, energy, data protection, data security, compliance and archive issues for customers."

Highlights from IBM during the Q3'07 timeframe that led to IBM's tape revenue leadership include;

- During the measured quarter, IBM shipped its 10 millionth LTO-4 tape drive cartridge to Getty Images, the world's leading creator and distributor of still imagery, footage and multi-media products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images is using the LTO-4 drives as part of a tiered infrastructure of IBM disk and tape solutions that help support the backup needs of their digital imagery;
- IBM shipped more than 1,500 Petabytes of tape storage in Q3'07 alone;
- During Q3'07, IBM shipped the 10,000th IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library. The TS3500 is a highly scalable tape library with support from 1 to 192 tape drives and up to 6,400 cartridge slots for open system, mainframe and virtual tape system attachment.

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