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Ecrix Corporation to announce new tape storage product

Feb 26, 1999, 17:25 (0 Talkback[s])

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On March 1, Ecrix Corporation will announce a new tape storage product, The VXA-1 tape drive, that will be marketed heavily towards the Linux environment, in addition to other major operating systems.

What will make VXA-1 an attractive choice for Linux users is its native compatibility with Linux and its ability to offer users an unprecedented data restore capability - at the best price/performance level in the market today. Its pricing will position the product as three times the capacity and performance of competing market drives - at the same cost.

"We have been very impressed with the quality of the Linux operating system, and how it has gained such rapid market acceptance," said Kelly Beavers, Ecrix's president. "Our VXA tape storage technology will be a natural fit with the high-quality, low-cost Linux culture."

The VXA Advantage
VXA technology is based on three complementary innovations: Discrete Packet Format (DPF), Variable Speed Operation (VSO) and OverScan Operation (OSO). DPF enables data to be written and read in individually addressed packets, a technology similar to that already proven in the networking and Internet markets. VSO saves time by continually adjusting tape speed to match the varying data throughput of the server, eliminating a common streaming tape problem known as "backhitching." OSO is a technique for reading data packets independent of track shape or geometry. By overscanning data packets at variable tape speeds, VXA virtually guarantees data restore.

In addition to the product announcement, Ecrix is announcing new distributors and its manufacturing partnership with AIWA.

If you'd like more information or to schedule a briefing, feel free to contact me directly.

Jeff Wenker
Edelman Worldwide

About Ecrix
Ecrix Corporation is an innovator in tape storage and the developer of VXA, a breakthrough tape technology that features advanced backup and restore capabilities in products that deliver market leading price/performance and reliability. Ecrix is privately held and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. For more information about Ecrix, please visit the company's web site at or telephone 303.402.9262.