Imation Unveils New Portfolio of Data Protection, Archive Products

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Storage vendor Imation has unveiled a new storage portfolio of data protection and archive products that the company says is scalable and specially catered to the needs of small and mid-sized businesses. The two new products are the InfiniVault data archive appliance and the DataGuard multi-tiered data-protection appliance; Imation acquired the InfiniVault technology as part of its recent acquisition of ProStor.


Together with the company's existing RDX removable hard disk storage products and Linear Tape-Open (LTO) systems, the portfolio is offered as a comprehensive and compelling offering to help SMBs retain, recover and retrieve their data.


For those not already familiar with it, RDX technology was created as a replacement for traditional tape drives. The RDX cartridge offers removability and portable protection while the cloistered 2.5-inch hard disk drive delivers fast transfer times and instant file retrieval. Imation currently licenses the RDX technology from Tandberg, and is also a founding partner of the RDX Storage Alliance.


"Many SMBs feel trapped between a rock and a hard place with unstructured data storage and compliance requirements that are too sophisticated for off-the-shelf storage products, yet SMBs can't justify the cost and complexity of enterprise class solutions," said Ian Williams, vice president, global marketing and product management at Imation.


Williams observed how the new products are backed by Imation's global reach, strong channel relationships and experience in data storage. Available now through resellers in the U.S., the InfiniVault was designed to provide SMBs with a cost-effective storage option for managing unstructured data. By using a combination of fixed-RAID disk, RDX drives and cloud storage, the InfiniVault is capable of delivering a combination of nearline, offline storage and online storage respectively. There are four models in the InfiniVault lineup: the InfiniVault 5, InfiniVault 35, InfiniVault 70 and InfiniVault DICOM are available to meet various capacity and industry requirements.


The Imation DataGuard data-protection appliance is a disaster-tolerant backup appliance that uses hard drives and RDX drives to serve as a multi-layer data protection target as part of existing backup infrastructures. To be available in both tower and rack-mountable models, the RDX drives are used to retain backups as well as to seed the cloud infrastructure. The Imation DataGuard will be available in early 2012. Models include the DataGuard T5R, DataGuard R4 and the DataGuard R16.


As reported on Computerworld, the Imation InfiniVault has a starting price of about $15,000. No prices are available yet for the Imation DataGuard. You can read the official press release here.