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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 IBM LTO-3 Ultrium tape drives integrated by Exabyte more than double the capacity and speed of the popular LTO-2 drive, bringing capacity to 400GB (800GB compressed) and transfer speed to 80MB per second (160MB/sec compressed), thus shortening the time needed for backup and restore processes-a key benefit for companies with increasing storage requirements and shrinking backup windows.
VXA is better suited for customers' current and future storage needs With its ground-breaking Packet Technology, Exabyte is poised to step in with greater capacity, faster transfer rates and superior reliability with our VXA-2 tape drive.
Exabyte has seen its revenue decline 26% over the first six months of this year.
However, due to the evolving needs of the marketplace and dramatic advancements by Exabyte, reliable automation is now available to any size company.
A spokesperson for Exabyte said the deal will increase the company's sales volume in Europe as more Fujitsu Siemens customers will choose to deploy the VXA-2 Packet Drive.
By this he means fibre channel connectivity, currently available through the integration of an FC bridge into the library, as well as a facility for management of the libraries from an out-of-band Ethernet port included by Exabyte specifically for that purpose.
Fujitsu's selection of VXA-2 Packet Tape Drives for its PRIMERGY server line demonstrates the rapidly growing acceptance of VXA-2 technology as the storage solution best suited to meet the demanding data backup and retrieval needs of enterprise and SME customers," commented Jalin Anderson, Vice President and Managing Director of Exabyte Asia Pacific.
In 1987, Exabyte shipped its first tape drive for data backup and archival.
Exabyte Corporation (OTCBB:EXBT) has announced that Lynx Technologies, the leading Australian storage solution distributor, will resell VXA-2 automation solutions to its customers.
With a streamlined form factor, high capacity offering and a low price, the VXA AutoPak 1x10 offers small to medium businesses an excellent and economical solution for automated data backup," stated Kelly Beavers, vice president of marketing at Exabyte Corporation.