Storage giants Hewlett Packard, IBM and Seagate have agreed on a standard format for tape products - a move that critics claim is designed to isolate smaller competitors.
The three companies said they have decided to work together because they want to make buying decisions simpler for customers.
They agreed specifications and countered criticism by claiming that an independent organisation will sell licences to any company - including HP, IBM and Seagate - that wants to launch products adhering to the specification, which they hope will become accepted as an industry standard.
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