News: APS trims prices of tape drives – Alliance Peripheral Systems HyperDAT, HyperQIC – Product Information

News: APS trims prices of tape drives – Alliance Peripheral Systems HyperDAT, HyperQIC – Product Information – Brief Article

David Morgenstern

Storage vendor Alliance Peripheral Systems Inc., better known as APS, recently

cut the prices of several tape drives.

The company reduced the price of its HyperDAT drive from $849.95 to $599.95.

The drive ships in APS’ Pro enclosure. Each cartridge can hold as much as 8

Gbytes of compressed data. The drive offers a data transfer rate of up to 56

Mbytes per minute, APS said.

In addition, the company pruned the cost of its HyperQIC, which uses

quarter-inch Travan-4 cartridges. Shipping in APS’ familiar SR 2000 enclosure,

the drive now costs $349.95, down from $399.95.

Meanwhile, the longtime Mac storage vendor is still continuing with Chapter 11

bankruptcy proceedings. The company said it recently suffered a cash crunch

following the bankruptcy of hard drive maker Micropolis Corp. in November

1997. It had also been squeezed by Apple’s cancellation of Mac OS licensing

just a few months after it rolled out its line of M*Power clones in March

1997.

The company has contracted to service its Micropolis drives under warranty,

said Paul McGraw, APS executive vice president, although he warned that users

should expect “some time” before repaired mechanisms can be returned.

Alliance Peripheral Systems Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., can be reached at (816)

483-1600 or (800) 235-2753; fax (816) 483-3077; sales@apstech.com;

http://www.apstech.com.

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