HP sticks with Quantum, drops StorageTek

Hewlett-Packard Co. has picked storage vendor Quantum Corp. as the supplier for its high-end automated tape libraries, ending a relationship with Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek).

HP has extended a long-standing relationship between Compaq Computer Corp. and Quantum across the now-combined enterprise storage line of HP and Compaq, said Adrian Jones, vice president of worldwide OEM (original equipment manufacturer) sales in Quantum’s storage solutions group. Quantum’s ATL P-series libraries will be sold under HP’s StorageWorks ESL9000 family of products.

HP will phase out gear from StorageTek, based in Louisville, Colorado, over the next three to six months but will provide additional drives for these products until the end of 2003, if needed, according to a spokeswoman.

While HP, in Palo Alto, California, will largely be selling the Quantum products to existing customers, Jones said the company expects “a sizeable amount” of revenue to come from customers switching from the StorageTek gear.

Quantum, based in Milpitas, California, has also announced that IBM Corp. will ship the Quantum SuperLoader rack-mount tape loader with its Intel Corp.-based servers, Jones said.