The Midgets, The Mammoth, And The Mainframes

Mainframe disk drives. In an age when the computer industry increasingly champions networks of blazingly powerful desktop machines, the words smack of musty obsolescence. Nonetheless, here it is 1993, and the market for mainframe disk storage equipment suddenly seems more frenetic than ever. On May 20, market leader Adstar, a subsidiary of IBM, tripled the storage capacity of its 3390 disk drive and hinted at a broad range of new products to come. The same day, Storage Technology Corp. agreed to shell out $75 million in stock for Amperif Corp., a potential competitor in an emerging technology called disk arrays. And on May 25, Hitachi Data Systems upped its pressure on IBM with an all-new line of high-performance mainframe disks.

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