Quantum is giving de-duplication customers a choice.
The company unveiled a new high-end disk backup and replication system this week that lets customers decide whether to run de-duplication before or after backing up, allowing them to choose between saving "space or time," as Quantum disk systems product manager Mike Sparkes put it.
The new DXi7500 enterprise-class system complements the company's remote and midrange offerings announced in December. The DXi7500 offers scalable capacity up to 240 TB, performance of up to 8 TB per hour and a number of high-end features. Quantum is positioning the lineup as a complete offering that can service remote sites and regional data centers and consolidate them in a centralized data center.
Quantum says its de-duplication technology allows users to store 10 to 50 times more backup data on fast recovery disk and use WANs to reduce or eliminate the use of removable media.
But Quantum isn't forgetting about its tape customers entirely. The DXi7500 offers integrated tape creation, allowing removable media to be written outside the backup window without using the media server or the data center's SAN while maintaining full barcode tracking with the backup application. Quantum is also working with Symantec to support its automated Direct to Tape feature in Veritas NetBackup 6.5.
Quantum will extend its dedupe offerings even further next month with the new GoVault Data Protection Solution that helps simplify backups for small businesses and branch offices.
Quantum bills GoVault as a "fast, simple, reliable and affordable disk-based data protection solution that satisfies the backup, disaster recovery and archive needs of small business. With ruggedized, removable cartridges for off-site data protection, GoVault is an all-in-one storage solution that includes an external disk drive. Its unique Data Protection software utilizes data de-duplication technology to complete the value proposition by reducing the number of cartridges required for effective backups by up to 20:1 over existing tape and disk backup products."
And that's not all the dedupe news this week. Data Domain raised $94 million in its IPO today trading under the symbol "DDUP." The IPO was well received, with a 50% pop in its first day of trading.
And ROBObak debuted a new backup and recovery software suite aimed at small and mid-sized businesses that includes de-duplication, among other backup and disaster recovery management features.