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Quantum Storage Appliance Offers Enterprise Performance To Mid-Range Market

Storage vendor Quantum Corp. has added to its line of deduplication and replication appliances with a model targeted at mid-range customers who want high performance in their Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) environments. The DXi6700 is a follow-up to the previously announced DXi6500 model appliance designed for network-attached storage (NAS) environments. While the 6700 saves data to storage disks or to legacy tape storage, the virtual tape library (VTL) user interface emulates a tape storage environment.

At a list price starting at $159,000, the 6700 offers backup speeds of 3.5TB per second and total system capacity of up to 56TB. That is a good price for that level of performance, said Jeff Boles, senior analyst with The Taneja Group, a research firm.

"You can address a lot of backup environment requirements with that kind of throughput," Boles said. "That's testimony to the fact that this is an enterprise scale system at a real inexpensive price point."

While the appliance comes with all necessary software licenses included, it also integrates with five brands of third-party backup software that data centers may already use to manage storage: NetBackup and Backup Exec, both from Symantec; Networker, from EMC; Oracle Secure Backup, from Oracle; and Time Navigator, from Atempo.  "The backup software kicks off the process. They tell us when to start sending data," the company says. "We're moving the data, but they're keeping track of the whole process."

The 6700 introduction also follows on the release in April of the DXi4500 appliance, priced and sized for small-to-medium size business (SMB) and remote-office backup environments. The 6700 is designed for simplicity and to be easy to deploy, manage and expand. Like all DXi appliances, the new model includes Quantum Advanced Reporting tools that provide an internal view of appliance operations for doing trend analysis. It also monitors CPU activity, input/output speeds to disk storage, capacity utilization and other metrics.

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