17. Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Business Solutions Company
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
Revenue in Most Recent Quarter: $318.7 billion (Q1, FY2008) (all of Sony)
Channel Chief: Mike Woulfe, senior vice president of strategic sales planning
Why It's a Strategic Storage Partner: With consolidation in the tape industry, Sony's AIT and DDS formats, built in conjunction with partners like HP, have become the primary formats for the small business market. Despite the growth of disk-based backup products, tape has managed to survive and improve, especially for long-term archiving of data.