Quantum earlier this month unveiled a new range of entry-level data deduplication appliances targeted at helping SMBs to reduce the amount of data that needs to be backed up. Deduplication is considered one of the hottest trends at the moment, and can be evidenced by a steady stream of news by large players announcing the release of new replication and backup solutions featuring deduplication.
According to ChannelWeb, the DXi4500 appliance comes in a 2TB (DXi4510) and 4TB (DXi4520) versions, with both powered by two quad-core Intel Nehalem processors, four gigabit Ethernet ports, and RAID-6 protection. Its processing capabilities allow the appliance to ingest data at 400GB-per-hour and also support encrypted and compressed replication streams. In a nutshell, the hardware specification looks good.
Mike Sparkes, product marketing manager for Quantum's disk-based systems says that the new DXi4500 family is based on the same software as the higher-end DXi6500. Indeed, both models come with the relevant software licenses to support disk-based backup, and are optimized for Symantec OpenStorage API. VMware backup support for virtual server environments is also supported. The company says that it is in the process of being qualified with Symantec's NetBackup and Backup Exec software.
In terms of deployment scenarios, Sparkes noted that it is possible to cascade the appliance: "You can have multiple DXi4500s dedupe data and replicate to a centralized data center where they could perhaps connect to a DXi6500 for further dedupe between multiple offices." In a simpler configuration, two DXi4500 can be linked together as a "very effective" disaster recovery solution.
The release of the DXi4500 sees Quantum leveraging the channel to press in onto the SMB market, which is still largely untapped. Sparkes highlighted how partners will like the fact that no separate software is required to be compelling. Quantum obviously hopes to shift the mindset that deduplication is challenging to implement, and a risky proposition. For the basic purchase price, the storage appliance can be installed and fully licensed.
In the meantime, Quantum has introduced a slew of programs to help channel partners, which include certified training programs, promotions, and an enhanced demo program.
The DXi4500 family has shipped, and comes as a 2U rackmount. The DXi4510 and DXi4520 are available at a MSRP $12,500 and $22,500, respectively.