Tandberg rolls out removable backup drive, cartridge

Tandberg Data has announced availability of its removable disk-based storage cartridge

Tandberg Data Monday announced availability of its removable disk-based storage cartridge, a replacement for low-end tape offerings.

The RDX QuikStor is designed for backup and archival use by small and midsize businesses. It's an alternative to low-end tape technologies, such as Travan, Digital Audio Tape and Advanced Intelligent Tape, where ease-of-use and cost are a priority.

Like tape, the RDX is removable and portable for off-site storage and archiving. Unlike tape, RDX is more durable, Tandberg says.

The RDX QuickStor consists of either a 3.5- or 5.25-inch internal drive, which connects to the host computer via Serial ATA or to an external USB drive. The cartridge offers a 30Mbps transfer rate and comes in capacities of 40, 80 and 120GB.

The drive and cartridges work in Windows 2K, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server Standard Edition, Vista and Linux Fedora and Red Hat environments. They also work with backup software from EMC, Yosemite, Symantec and CA.

The QuickStor competes with Iomega's Rev drive and Quantum's GoVault.

Tandberg is based in Oslo, Norway. The company recently acquired Exabyte, a tape manufacture, in a deal analysts say will give the company a U.S. distribution strategy.

The RDX QuikStor is available in a Serial ATA configuration starting at US$354 for the drives and US$139 for the cartridges. The USB external drive and cartridge are expected to be available in November.

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