Quantum has announced the availability of the DX100, its second-generation enhanced backup system, providing a disc-based backup device.
The existing DX30 separates the backup target from the backup archive. It utilises the quick access, high-speed data transfer, and Raid 5 protection of disc speed up backup.
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The tape library can use its low-cost, ability to write large block sizes, removable media, and archival stability to concentrate on archival data storage.
Backup jobs are done directly to the DX30 (the backup target), increasing backup speeds more than 288GB/hour and with a maximum capacity of 3TBytes hot-swappable Serial ATA disc in a 4U rack slot.
The DX30 emulates a tape library (with two to six tape drives), allowing existing backup software to function without modification. The DX100 system, like the DX30, is managed by the backup software as a single tape library containing from one to 24 tape drives with from one to 24 backup streams.
The DX100's capacity starts at 8TBytes and expands in increments of 4TBytes, up to 64TBytes. Sixteen disc arrays can be supported, providing an I/O rate of up to 2TB/hr.
Steve Kenniston, senior analyst for Enterprise Storage Group, said, "Tape emulation helps IT overcome the psychological hurdle of making a change in its [backup] environment without disrupting process and by increasing data protection performance."
The DX100 is priced at $105,000 for an 8TByte configuration, including installation services and one full year of on-site service and support through Quantum's StorageCare services programme.
Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com