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Quantum adds SMB NAS and backup, eyes the cloud

Quantum today took a break from upgrading its DXi data deduplication platform, and rolled out its first Windows-based NAS systems and expanded its RDX removable hard drive family. The SMB products include a new backup deduplication application.

Quantum launched two NAS boxes based on the Windows Storage System OS. The NDX-8 is an 8 TB primary storage system that uses an Intel Core i3 3.3 GHz processor and 4 GB of RAM with four 2 TB drives. The NDX-8d is a backup system based on the same hardware with Quantum’s Datastor Shield agentless backup software with data deduplication installed. The NDX-8d includes licenses to back up 10 Windows desktops or laptops and one Windows server or virtual server.

The NAS systems are available in 1U or tower configurations. Pricing starts at $4,029 for the NDX-8 and $5,139 for the NDX-8d.

Quantum also rolled out its RDX 8000 removable disk library, its first automated RDX system to go with its current desktop models. The RDX 8000 has eight slots for RDX cartridges, which range in capacity from 160 GB to 1 TB. The RDX 8000 comes pre-configured with Datastor Shield or Symantec Backup Exec Quickstart software.

The RDX 8000 costs $3,889 with Backup Exec and $4,999 with Datastor Shield. John Goode, director of Quantum’s devices product line, said he expects that customers will use two-third fewer cartridges with the Datastor Shield dedupe.

“We felt it was important with disk backup to use deduplication,” Goode said.

Datastor Shield has a different code base than Quantum’s DXi dedupe for its disk target systems. The biggest difference is it does a bit-level compare while the DXi software performs variable block dedupe.

Backup Exec Quickstart is good for one server. If customers need to backup more servers, they must upgrade to the full Backup Exec application.

Datastor Shield can replicate between NDX-8 and RDX boxes, and Goode said it will be able to replicate data to the cloud in early 2012. He said Quantum will offer customers cloud subscriptions and work with a cloud provider, and will also have cloud-seeding options.

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