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HDS Pushes De-Dupe Downstream

HDS has overhauled its VTL lineup with software from its de-dupe partner Diligent, adding a set of midrange appliances in an attempt to convince smaller firms of the benefits of the technology.

"Previously, we were mainly focused on the enterprise, but there [are] medium-sized businesses that need this de-duplication software as well," says Victor Nemechek, HDS's senior product marketing manager. "Its our first bundled offering for the midrange -- prior to this, we would do custom configurations for our customers."

HDS has been reselling Diligent's ProtecTIER software on its VTLs for the last 18 months, but HDS is now looking to offer the technology in a way that is much easier for smaller firms to deploy.

The three appliances launched today -- the 500M, the 1000L, and the 1000E -- use HDS's AMS 500 and 1000 storage arrays as their core infrastructure,and range in size from 8 Tbytes to 50 Tbytes.

The entry-level 500M contains up to 16 Hitachi drives and can transfer data at over 200 Mbyte/s, according to the vendor. The VTL has a usable capacity between 8 Tbytes and 20 Tbytes, although Nemechek told Byte and Switch that de-duplication can push these figures up much higher.

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