March 12, 1997 2:00 PM ET

Exabyte introduces fast, low-cost 14GB drive
By James Gruener

  Exabyte Corp. has released the Eliant 820, a 14GB 8mm tape drive that boasts an improved data-transfer rate of 120MB per minute and that will be included in selected Sun Microsystems Inc. servers.

The Eliant 820, available now as a stand-alone drive, will be available as part of Exabyte's automated tape libraries early in the second quarter.

Sun is the first OEM signed to support the Eliant 820, Exabyte officials said. Through the agreement, Sun will integrate the drive into its UniPack enclosure for use with Ultra Enterprise and Netra servers.

The Eliant 820, which has a list price of $1,795, can be used in environments requiring storage automation and unattended backup with Exabyte's 210 and 10h automated tape libraries. It can also can be used in Windows NT, Unix and NetWare systems.

Exabyte, of Boulder, Colo., can be reached at www.exabyte.com.

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