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Company History 1996 - Present
Columbia Data Products, Inc. (CDP), founded in 1976, was once a publicly held, major player in the personal computer market. All of the remaining assets of this Maryland computer manufacturer were purchased by a company owned by Alan L. Welsh in 1986.

A new CDP was incorporated in Florida and continued selling, servicing and supporting Columbia PCs and offering ROMBIOS and DOS upgrades through the Columbia Owners Group, which was established in 1986.

  CDP at a Glance
1976   Company founded
1986   Purchased by Alan Welsh
1987   SST developed for WD
1994   Snapback® launched
1995   LAN Times Award
1999   OTM launched
2000   PSM developed
2001   Microsoft licenses PSM
2002   Deloitte & Touche Fast 50
2002   Deloitte & Touche Fast 500
In 1987 the company took its current form, making its mission to dominate the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) software market. This filled a void in the industry because, at the time, SCSI was just being introduced and there was no software to make it operate. CDP targeted Western Digital as a partner, since WD owned 80% of the hard drive controller market at that time.

CDP developed and originally licensed the SCSI Software Technology product (SST) exclusively to Western Digital (WD). Between 1988 and 1991, together with WD, CDP won almost every major federal and OEM SCSI contract. WD sold over 250,000 SCSI adapters, all bundled with CDP's software. In 1991 Western Digital decided to focus exclusively on their disk drive and Paradise product lines. To accomplish this they sold off the SCSI product line along with other product lines including their Ethernet and .8 micron fabrication factory. Their SCSI business was sold to one of their competitors, Future Domain, who ended up letting the WD product line die off. With WD out of the marketplace, Adaptec was able to dominate the majority of the industry.

Finding themselves without a significant hardware partner, CDP then concentrated their efforts on providing upgrades to their substantial installed base, and began migration into other areas.

CDP continued to develop new software that would not only support new operating systems and devices for Western Digital products, but also enable any SCSI manufacturer's host adapter or chip to work with any SCSI device. In addition, CDP completed SCSI software projects working directly with Unisys, Texas Instruments, and many other small OEMs.

Out of CDP's eight years of SCSI software development many sub-programs and utilities were adapted for universal SCSI support. The ability to copy data between any class of SCSI device, regardless of the operating system, facilitated the development of the technology essential to SnapBack®. This technology has been used internally by CDP and select customers since 1987. SnapBack was then commercialized and first shipped in early 1994.

"LAN TIMES awarded SnapBack® its 1995 'Best of Times' award"

Press coverage began in January 1995, as PC WEEK, Computer Technology Review, and LAN TIMES published full product reviews or articles about SnapBack. LAN TIMES awarded SnapBack its 1995 "Best of Times" award. In October 1995, Jerry Pournelle commented in Byte Magazine that SnapBack was the "the ultimate in backup programs"! SnapBack's unique ability to provide one-hour disaster recovery for any PC network or non-network operating system was critical in its acceptance in companies such as; ACER, Principal Financial, ITT-Hartford, Ford Motor, Wrigley's Gum and BellSouth Mobility, to name a few.

With the release of SnapBack Live 4.0, CDP became a viable player in the $1,000,000,000 per year network backup software market. No longer just a niche market disaster recovery product, SnapBack Live v4.0 combines the speed and simplicity of image backup to real-time Windows NT and Novell Network backup. Snapback Live provides instantaneous live backup of all data, including open files, while they are being used and changed!

In 1999 OTM (Open Transaction Manager) the core component of SnapBack, was broken out into a separate product for licensing to all storage vendors. VERITAS Software (Seagate Software) was the first to license OTM and started shipping in April of 1999. This integration provides all VERITAS customers with built-in, out-of-the-box support for in-use and open files on Windows NT/2000 and NetWare servers, and ensures safe and consistent backups, as well as the elimination of backup windows. The increased reliance on Windows NT/2000 and NetWare as business-critical platforms has highlighted the need for safe and efficient handling of open files, making VERITAS products an invaluable solution for protecting information assets.

In 2000 CDP embarked on its plan to revolutionize storage for the Windows environment. With CDP's OTM as the platform a new product called (Persistent Storage Manager) was born. PSM brings big iron software functionality (NetWork Appliance, EMC, etc) to the Windows platform by creating and maintaining 100's of Persistent True Images® (PTI's) or point-in-time copies of customer data. PSM's high availability architecture provides instant access to all customer data allowing for instant recovery of any file, directory, or even entire volumes in minutes instead of days.

PSM is now the core data protection for all Win2000 based NAS appliances and ships in products sold by Microsoft, IBM, Hitachi, NEC, Dell, Winchester, MTI, Iomega and others that are currently implementing this solution.

CDP is constantly improving and enhancing its PSM products to maintain its leadership role in this new and exciting market.

 
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