The Quantum DX30 disk-based back-up system will be available by the end of this month as a 4U (7 inches high) unit that can store as much as 3Tbytes of data.
Disk storage is generally more expensive than tape, but Quantum is looking for customers that are willing to pay a premium for higher speed data recovery and more reliable storage products, said Quantum product line manager Dave Kenyon. In addition, the DX30 will appear as a tape library to management software, which means administrators can keep their existing backup procedures intact.
"We take inexpensive disk drives and make them look and feel like tape drives," Kenyon said. "This makes it easy for a customer to use and understand."
Tape has long been the most popular medium for backing up data. However, some companies that make disk-based storage products argue that the quality of tape can be poor and that it does not perform well enough for some critical data restoration tasks.
Quantum expects medium-sized and large companies to adopt the new product. These types of users would have a need for and potentially benefit from higher backup speeds, particularly for disaster recovery.
The DX30 will be priced at $55,000 (£35,612).