Wednesday, 23 July 2014 18:07

Quantum goes for midmarket with DXi6900 backup unit


Quantum's new DXi6900 is an "enriched and simplified" member of the storage vendor's backup deduplication family.

Aimed at midrange to enterprise customers, the Quantum DXi6900 scales from 17TB to 510TB on demand through the purchase of a new licence key.

Company officials claim that the StorNext 5 technology used in the DXi6900 provides the industry's fastest single stream performance.

Quantum's iLayer software is said to simplify configuration and management, increasing the productivity of IT staff. Monitoring and reporting to mobile devices is included.

Other benefits are said to include variable length deduplication for up to 3x disk savings compared with fixed block methods, low-cost replication to Quantum's Q-Cloud Protect, and the use of self-encrypting drives with AES-256 encryption.

"Data centres have grown more complex, charged with protecting multiple sites and new virtualised environments, as well as coping with continued rapid data growth," said Quantum senior vice president of product operations Robert Clark.

"While cloud adoption is helping to ease the strain, it can also cause further complexity.

"The DXi-Series with StorNext 5 technology at the core addresses this complexity, delivering the inherent advantages of purpose-built backup appliances in a simplified portfolio designed to meet the diverse demands of modern data protection workflows and environments."

Prices start at $93,776, including replication and OST/VTL licenses which Quantum officials said others charge for separately.

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