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Quantum Introduces Dxi7500 Extending De-Duplication and Replication Benefits Across the Distributed Enterprise

  • 10 July, 2007 10:55

<p>New Disk-Based Backup System Provides Enterprise Scalability, Industry’s First Policy-based De-duplication and Integrated Tape Creation</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Aust., June 10, 2007 – Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced the DXi7500 enterprise disk backup and replication system, designed to anchor a comprehensive strategy for linking backup, restore and disaster recovery protection across the distributed enterprise. With the addition of the DXi7500, Quantum’s DXi-Series becomes the first disk-based backup family to extend the benefits of data de-duplication, remote replication and disk-to-tape creation across a product line that covers distributed sites, midrange environments, and primary data centres.</p>
<p>With a scalable capacity of up to 240 TB, performance of up to 8 TB/hour, a high-availability architecture, and a unique policy-based data de-duplication approach, the DXi7500 provides disk backup capabilities to match the needs of the most demanding enterprise data centres. And because it leverages the same integrated software layer foundation first introduced in Quantum’s DXi3500 and DXi5500 disk backup appliances, the DXi7500 can also serve as a secure core repository for centralising backup and disaster recovery from multiple distributed sites.</p>
<p>By eliminating redundant data, the de-duplication technology in Quantum’s DXi-Series portfolio is designed to allow users to retain 10 to 50 times more backup data on fast recovery disk and use existing WANs to replicate backup between sites, reducing or even eliminating the administration challenge of removable media at remote sites. With this expansion of Quantum’s DXi-Series portfolio, customers can now take advantage of replication and a common management interface to link the DXi3500 and DXi5500 appliances in remote offices and midrange data centers with the highly-scalable DXi7500 systems in enterprise data centres, where media management, disaster recovery, and long-term archive processes can be centralised.</p>
<p>“The value propositions of data de-duplication are abundantly clear, and the technology is fast becoming a requisite for customers investing in disk-based backup solutions,” said Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst for Taneja Group. “Just when the debate between in-line and post-processing was getting interesting, Quantum introduces the DXi7500, a data de-duplication product that allows the user to choose the method based on policy – once again letting the customer call the shots. I think the IT industry will love this flexibility.”</p>
<p>Policy Based De-duplication and Integrated Tape Creation</p>
<p>Two industry-first features in the DXi7500 are designed to provide more effective centralised management of enterprise data. Other suppliers have chosen to provide either in-line de-duplication, which minimises disk capacity requirements, or post-processing, which maximises data ingest rates prior to de-duplication. Quantum’s new policy-based de-duplication offers both options, allowing customers to determine the most appropriate de-duplication approach to best suit each application. The DXi7500 offers either in-line or post-process functionality based on the requirements of each backup job, meaning customers no longer must choose between performance and capacity allotment when deciding on a disk-based de-duplication solution. Additionally, as the first in the industry to deliver hardware-based data compression technology for open systems disk-based backup, Quantum continues to evolve this capability in the DXi7500, resulting in even better efficiencies across data reduction and system performance.</p>
<p>Because removable media continues to play a key role in long term data retention and archiving for enterprise applications, the DXi7500 offers users the option of integrated tape creation, allowing removable media to be written outside the backup window without using the media server or the data center’s SAN. In the DXi7500, integrated tape creation maintains full bar-code tracking with the backup application. Quantum is also working closely with Symantec to support its Direct to Tape feature in Veritas NetBackup 6.5. The Direct to Tape feature support will provide the first direct tape creation capability to be both fully automated and under the direct control of a backup software application.</p>
<p>“Quantum’s DXi7500 signifies the first time that the benefits of data de-duplication are fully leveraged across the distributed enterprise, and while other vendors have targeted certain segments, they have a difficult time spanning a broader range of needs,” said Craig Tamlin, country manager, Australia and New Zealand for Quantum. “Quantum has developed its DXi-Series portfolio, with the common foundation of our integrated software layer, to deliver scalability, performance and reliability advantages, as well as industry first features, to our customers. The common software base also allows us to innovate across platforms and future methods of data protection.”</p>
<p>DXi7500 Designed for the Enterprise</p>
<p>Based on a sophisticated architecture offering high availability and redundant hardware, the DXi7500 capacity and performance can be easily customized to address increasing pressure on backup windows and to enable effective replication strategies. The DXi7500 offers the flexibility to meet a broad range of configurations balancing cost, functionality and future growth considerations with capacity points up to 240 TB in a single system.</p>
<p>Like Quantum’s other DXi-Series disk backup and replication solutions, the DXi7500 is designed to be easy to deploy and operate. The system can be presented to the backup software as a NAS mount point (CIFS/NFS), as a VTL with either Fibre Channel or iSCSI connectivity, or across all presentations simultaneously. The DXi-Series is fully compatible with all leading backup applications and does not require that users change their existing backup methodology or infrastructure. The DXi7500 also increases customer flexibility by allowing some features, such as data de-duplication, replication and integrated tape creation to be licensable options.</p>
<p>As part of a comprehensive solutions set from Quantum, the DXi7500 is supported by a suite of global service offerings. Included as standard are Quantum StorageCare™ onsite warranty and StorageCare Guardian, Quantum’s proactive remote support solution. Warranty extensions and upgrades, as well as a full portfolio of product integration services, are optional. Quantum plans to ship the DXi7500 in fall 2007.</p>
<p>For more information on Quantum’s DXi-Series disk backup and replication portfolio, please visit: http://www.quantum.com/Products/Disk-BasedBackup/DXi-Series/Index.aspx.</p>
<p>About Quantum
Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM) is the leading global storage company specializing in backup, recovery and archive. Combining focused expertise, customer-driven innovation, and platform independence, Quantum provides a comprehensive, integrated range of disk, tape, and software solutions supported by a world-class sales and service organization. As a long-standing and trusted partner, the company works closely with a broad network of resellers, OEMs and other suppliers to meet customers’ evolving data protection needs. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 700, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, www.quantum.com.</p>
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