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Reactive buys Arraid

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2017-06-15
Reactive Group, the Reading data storage and networking specialist , has bought  Arraid, the Phoenix manufacturer of replacement data storage products for ageing disk, tape and floppy drives on legacy computer systems.
Reactive will revamp Arraid’s replacement drives with SSD technology.


Reactive will revamp Arraid’s replacement drives with SSD technology.

“The acquisition of Arraid significantly expands our existing ‘Through Life Support’ capabilities with regard to ageing, obsolete and end-of-life disk, tape and floppy drives on legacy computer systems,” says James Hilken, Director of the Reactive Group, “through Life Support is a phrase increasingly used for equipment that is in the later stages of life but still needs to be maintained and kept fully operational.”

Ageing, obsolete and end-of-life disk, tape and floppy drives are generally the weakest links in legacy computer systems due to their mechanical nature and the failure potential of their moving parts.

Arraid’s products are used extensively in both commercial and Government markets in a range of applications including ATE, broadcast & video, healthcare, defence, power & utility, printing & publishing, process control, semiconductor manufacturing, simulation & training, and telephony.
Typically, customers have incurred large investments in unique or non-portable software running on legacy computer systems which the original manufacturers (e.g. DEC, Encore, Honeywell, IBM, Wang, etc.) are no longer able or willing to support.

Integrating proprietary FPGA-based technology and industrial grade CompactFlash (CF) cards as the media, Arraid manufactures new drive replacements for SMD, HISI, HPIB, MAC, OMTI, Pertec and XMD protocols, and several other legacy drive replacements including SCSI-1 and SCSI-2 and floppy disk drives. Legacy computer systems simply see Arraid’s drives as if they are the original drives, enabling them to be field-replaced without the need for any software changes.

“Arraid’s replacement drives extend the life of critical legacy computer systems, protecting valuable system software and reducing downtime. Additionally, they eliminate maintenance headaches and media problems as well as reduce operational costs,” says   Hilken.