I would like to make a distinction between Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs) and Value Added Resellers (VARs). The IHVs actually manufacturer the stackers, libraries, and silos. A VAR may bundle that piece of hardware with additional software and support as a complete package, often relabeling the original hardware with their logo and/or color scheme. There is a definite need for VARs. They can provide you with a single point of contact for all issues related to your backup system. You can call them for support on your library, RAID system, and the software that controls it all—even if they came from three different vendors. VARs sometimes offer added functionality to a product.
The following should not be considered an exhaustive list of IHVs. These are simply the ones that I know about. Inclusion in this list should not be considered an endorsement, and exclusion from this list means nothing. I am sure that there are other IHVs that offer their own unique set of features.
Since there are far too many VARs to list here, we will only be listing IHVs.
ADIC makes stackers and libraries of all shapes and sizes for all budgets. After establishing a solid position in this market, they decided to expand. They recently acquired EMASS, one of the premier silo vendors, and now sell the largest silos in the world.
ATL makes some of the best-known DLT stackers and libraries on the market. Many VARs ...