Even the longest journey starts with the first step. The journey of GRAU DATA started in 1988 with the mainframe-based magnetic tape library system. The company took its first steps into the world of data storage in Böhmenkirch under the name GRAU Automation.
This step turned out to be a great leap later on: Due to its dependability and multimedia ability, the product family of the ABBA magnetic tape library system, which would later be called AML (Automated Media Libraries), became well known all over the world as a GRAU trademark. Company shares were sold, but the journey was far from over.
Without hesitation, Herbert Grau and Ulrich Lechner dared a big new beginning: In 1998, GRAU DATA came into being. The founders realized the potential of ILM and storage alongside network backups to become a huge new trend. That being the case, they developed INFINISTORE, an integrated archiving system with a magnetic tape library, network computers, disk drives and a first generation archiving software. INFINISTORE systems are one of the first so-called NAS or archive appliances in the world. More than a hundred of these systems were installed in Germany and all over Europe.
A lot has happened in the computer world since then. GRAU DATA started to focus more on software when hierarchical storage management (HSM) and second generation archiving software arrived on the market. A new milestone followed immediately: In 2005, HP launched the archiving software File System Extender – an OEM product by GRAU DATA. As a result, GRAU DATA closed the chapter of tape robots and terminated their production in 2007. A new chapter began, starring software.
Countless steps further along their journey, GRAU DATA is an efficient middle-sized company rooted in Schwäbisch Gmünd, distributing their products all over the world. Through years of experience, the company and its products have constantly evolved, being a known expert today for audit-proof archiving, hierarchical storage management and ransomware protection.
Yet the journey goes on, one step at a time, always in the direction of better software solutions for your data. What will the future of data management hold?