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Tandberg aims disk with deduplication at SMBs

Tandberg Data is getting into the data deduplication game for SMBs with a new application for NAS and removable disk systems, with the help of a little-known dedupe developer.

Tandberg today launched AccuGuard dedupe software, which is available with its new DPS2000 NAS and all of its RDX removable disk systems Eventually, Tandberg will sell AccuGuard as a standalone application. Tandberg’s product manager McClain Buggle says AccuGuard comes from an OEM deal with Colorado-based Data Storage Group (dataStor). dataStor customized its dS Shield deduplication software to work with Tandberg’s storage, Buggle says.

AccuGuard is source-based global dedupe for physical and virtual Windows servers. Tandberg claims dedupe ratios up to 20-1 in its press release, but Buggle says much larger reduction ratios are possible on some data sets.

While the DPS2000 can serve as a general storage system (it also supports iSCSI), Buggle says he expects customers to use it for backup. “Our focus is on data protection,” he says. The DPS2000 is available in 4 TB desktop and rackmount and 8 TB rackmount configurations.

Pricing for the DPS2000 NAS with AccuGuard starts at $2,290 for 4 TB systems and around $3,800 for 8 TB.

Buggle says AccuGuard is available in a single server edition now with the ability to scale to thousands of servers planned for the next release. That’s consistent with the dS Shield product, which comes in single server and enterprise editions.

Buggle says deduplication was a necessary feature for Tandberg Data to expand from its legacy tape business to disk backup, less than a year after its parent company went into bankruptcy. “To be successful, we had to grow our product portfolio for end-to-end data protection for SMBs,” he said.

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