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(company, storage)
A company and, by extension, a tape format for computer data backup and transfer. The tape is a data quality 8mm video cassette recorder tape. Exabyte units can store between five and fourteen gigabytes of data per tape. Exabytes are usually attached to Unix workstations.


2^60 = 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 bytes = 1024 petabytes or roughly 10^18 bytes.

See prefix.


(1) One quintillion bytes. Also EB, Ebyte and E-byte. For example, Cisco reported 30 EB of global mobile data in 2014 and forecast nearly 10 times that much for 2019. See exa, binary values and space/time.

(2) (Exabyte Corporation, Boulder, CO, www.exabyte.com) Founded in 1985, for many years it was one of the world's leading providers of tape drives and tape storage products. Its high-capacity 8mm tape drives, introduced in 1987, have long been sold through OEM and reseller partners. Exabyte used to offer QIC and DAT drives from acquisitions made in the early 1990s.

2006 Acquisition
In late 2006, Norway-based Tandberg Data, itself a well-known manufacturer of archival and storage products, acquired Exabyte and all rights to its breakthrough VXA packet technology.

The VXA Alliance
Along with Imation, Sony and TDK, Exabyte was a founding member of the VXA Alliance, an industry group that focuses on the VXA packet tape format. VXA is a technology that restores and backs up data by reading and writing discrete packets, rather than by sequential linear tracking. Fourth generation VXA products double data capacity to 640GB (compressed) with a data transfer rate of 48MB per second. For more information, visit www.vxa.com
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The VXA tape drive provides the reliability that Mac users demand, along with speed and capacity that provide optimal storage for the sizable data files that are utilized in Apple applications.
As it was explained to me by Ecrix technical support (in the case of the VXA drive, at least), the compression processor worked more quickly than the drive's write performance.
The VXA tape format is regarded as the worldwide leader in capacity, speed, reliability and value for small-to-midsize businesses.
IBM's agreement to offer VXA is a significant endorsement of VXA technology, and positions Exabyte for further success in the dynamic and lucrative server market.
The company's] FireWire VXA tape drive is for Mac users who need storage because of its 'hot plug' capability and automatic configuration.
Revenue from recently developed and introduced VXA and LTO products represented 85% of total revenue in 2006, versus 57% in the first quarter of 2005, as the Company continues to transition to new technologies and products.
BILL: The VXA drive stores 33GB (native) at the same transfer rate as a Benchmark drive, but for less money (The street price for internal drives is below $900 - ed.
Trackdown Music Services previously used DDS-2 and DDS-4 tape drives and then switched to VXA technology after certain DDS (DAT) drive issues.
VXA drives also have motor speed control, providing the ability to transport the tape at any of four speeds.
VXA's third generation drive, the VXA-320, is now available across the IBM System p, System i and IBM eServer xSeries product lines, which now gives even more IBM customers the opportunity to benefit from advanced VXA Packet Technology," said Tom Ward, president and CEO, Exabyte.
The VXA AutoPak 1x10 is designed with significant advantages over current 4mm autoloaders and specifically targets the replacement of DDS autoloaders.
VXA products have been recognized for their high reliability by more than 60 independent product reviews worldwide.