Quantum rounds out mid-market deduplication offering

Midrange NAS deduplication applicance aims to make storage management simpler

Storage vendor, Quantum, has introduced a range of new deduplication products and enhancement to round out its mid-range market offering.

New releases over the past 18 months include the DXi7500 enterprise and DXi7500 Express for midrange requirements and DXi2500-D for distributed environments. It has also added support for RAID 6 and Symantec OST.

Quantum has worked to deliver tighter intergration of disk and tap, launched new virtualisation and security solutions and expanded services such as Backup GamePlan and ROI assessment.

The vendor has also launched a new range — the DXi6500, a midrange NAS deduplication applicance.

According to Quantum, many midrange users’ storage problems can be solved with deduplication. It can be as simple as the need for more backup performance. They may be unsatisfied with their traditional restore profile, or their disk is running out of space too quickly.

“Often, users don’t adopt the technology because they think it’s too confusing, complex or expensive,” said Quantum country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Keith Busson.

The range starts with the DXi6510, an 8TB appliance, and the DXi6520, which scales to 32TB. In early 2010, the vendor will release three more products in the range. It is designed as a turnkey appliance and comes with bundled software.

“Backup is a funny part of the market. We hardly come across anybody who has just disk backup,” Busson said, adding that most customers use a combination of disk and tape.

He said many people thought backup problems were caused by using tape and how quickly it delivered data to the backup device, but that was not necessarily the case.

“It’s more about infrastructure and how you structure backup,” he said. “People want something simple — something nice and easy that plugs in and kind of works. It needs to be NAS to be able to do that.”

As data sets are growing exponentially, a key strategy for IT managers is to archive the majority of data to make it manageable.

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