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Kashya Replicates on the Cheap

Six months after stepping out of stealth, data replication startup Kashya Inc. unveiled its first product today: a replication appliance it claims offers enterprise-level performance at a fraction of the price of most high-end offerings (see Kashya Unveils Replication Appliance).

The San Jose, Calif., startup says its new KBX4000 appliance, which consists of its own homemade software loaded onto an IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) xSeries server, solves most of the problems traditionally associated with different types of replication technologies at a very affordable price (see Kashya Makes Kopies and our report on Data Protection).

How "affordable" is it? Pricing starts at $10,000 for the software in one appliance, and is tiered based on how much data a company wants to replicate. That's a far cry from the $60,000 to $150,000 companies have to hand over for EMC's Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) software.

Kashya, founded in December 2000, says its appliance plugs into the storage network and offers remote replication and snapshot functions across any distance for heterogeneous servers and storage. Sitting at the juncture between the SAN and the WAN, the KBX4000 provides bidirectional replication over native IP interfaces, without the need for edge connects or protocol converters, the company claims.

While there are already plenty of more established players in the replication market, Kashya says that, unlike most high-end subsystem-based replication products from companies like EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), and IBM, its KBX4000 can replicate from high-end storage at the primary site to cheaper storage at subsequent sites.

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