Tandberg Data has a legacy of manufacturing excellence and innovation dating back to the Tandberg Radio Factory founded in 1933. This legacy has fostered a culture of engineering innovation leading to Tandberg Data's breakthrough in magnetic recording technology and in particular the development of the Tandberg SLR - Scalable Linear Recording - tape storage product platform.
Tandberg Data was established in 1979 as a separate data division when the Tandberg Radio Factory was dissolved into separate entities. At this same time, several other organizations carrying the Tandberg name were established, each pursuing different business opportunities.
Throughout the 1980's Tandberg Data introduced several information storage products based on the QIC (Quarter Inch Cartridge) standard, these included products ranging from 20MB in 1980 to 1GB in 1989. During this same period the organization also developed a significant business in the area of data terminals. However, tape information storage products contributed the greatest portion of earnings by 1987. Tandberg Data also established subsidiary locations in Germany, France and USA during the 1980's.
In the 1990's the company expanded its worldwide presence by establishing subsidiary locations in Japan, Singapore and the UK. Also during this time, the company incorporated LCD video projectors into their product portfolio. This diversification ended in 1996 when Tandberg Data shifted to 100% focus on information storage products, focusing heavily on tape.
In October 2003 Tandberg Data demerged, splitting out its core tape development group into a separate public listed company; Tandberg Storage ASA (ticker= TST). In 2006, Tandberg Data acquired Exabyte Corporation, further enhancing Tandberg Data’s product portfolio and coverage in the US market.
In the subsequent years, the company introduced various tape solutions, with tape libraries scaling up to 182TB. The focus of the company broadened to a wider set of data protection solutions as it introduced various disk based products, including its removable disk solution, the RDX QuikStor, in 2007, and the DPS1000 Series Virtual Tape Libraries in 2009. More product launches followed, including the DPS2000 NAS solution with AccuGuard deduplication software, the AccuVault data protection soultion, and the RDX QuikStation disk library.
In November 2008, Tandberg Data integrated the tape development group back into the company by acquiring Tandberg Storage. This was followed by a restructuring in April 2009. Tandberg Data Holdings S.à.r.l. became the new, privately owned holding company and the Tandberg Data subsidiaries continued their operations across EMEA, the Americas, APAC and Japan.
In May 2011, Tandberg Data signed a definitive agreement to acquire the RDX business from ProStor Systems. Tandberg Data acquired the RDX intellectual property and key members of ProStor’s RDX engineering team. The RDX removable disk technology has become the industry standard in removable disk storage for backup, data protection and archive. Tandberg Data has established itself as a market leader in the removable disk market since the introduction of RDX in 2006.