Hard drive manufacturer Quantum said today that end users were likely to have 9Gbytes drives in their PCs by 1999.
The company released several products targeted at the desktop, workstation and server market and predicted it would begin to compete against Seagate for the lucrative mainframe storage market.
Roger Katz, director of product marketing at Quantum US, said: ?We?ve invested in growing blue chip accounts and will win a 20 per cent share in the workstation server segment in this quarter.
He claimed that Quantum had topped Seagate and other rivals on the desktop market and now held a 28 per cent share of the market, with customers including Compaq.
Fibre channel products, he said, will emerge in early 1998, although the proportion shipped will be quite small. They will begin to become prevalent in 1999, he said.
Meanwhile, Quantum has introduced three hard drives belonging to each of its product segments, the Viking II, the Atlas III and the Fireball SE.
The Atlas III is designed for enterprise computers and storage subsystems and the Viking II is aimed at the server and workstation markets. The Atlas series include drives at 4.55Gbytes, 9.1Gbytes and 18.2Gbytes, the Viking II comes at 4.5Gbytes and 9.1Gbytes, while the entry level Fireball SE series will come in 2.1Gbytes, 3.2Gbytes, 4.3Gbytes, 6.4Gbytes and 9.4Gbytes sizes, in both Ultra ATA and Ultra SCSI interfaces.
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