IBM Upgrades Disaster Recovery for Deduplication Appliances

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-07-29 Print this article Print

Big Blue is now offering native replication as an option for remote office data storage in its ProtecTIER Deduplication appliances. ProtecTIER is an integrated physical appliance that includes a server, storage and data deduplication software.

IBM announced July 29 that it has upgraded the feature capabilities for its midrange and SMB storage packages by adding native replication as a disaster recovery option for its ProtecTIER Deduplication appliances.

Replication of data has been used for years to enable IT systems to protect data in remote locations. In the past, however, the high cost of network bandwidth and of Tier 1-type storage required to keep data readily available usually relegated a high-end feature such as replication to only a few of a company's most critical applications and data.

ProtecTIER is an integrated physical appliance that includes a server, storage and data deduplication software. It is aimed at a general IT system audience, including the midmarket and small-to-medium-size businesses. IBM's idea is to bring replication to a much wider potential market.

Because data is deduplicated early in the process, ProtecTIER sends only a small amount of unique new data across the network, which effectively enables a large amount of data to be transmitted with minimal bandwidth.

Data deduplication is a popular storage tool that eliminates redundant data throughout the network and makes the storage task more efficient, cost-effective and energy-efficient within the network.

IBM unveiled the TS7650 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance earlier this year after purchasing Diligent Technologies in 2008 for about $200 million. Big Blue had integrated Diligent's technology into the company's overall storage product line and rebranded it ProtecTIER.

The ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance is on a similar plane with Sun Microsystems' Amber Road storage appliance. Amber Road has been a huge sales hit for Sun, with more than 100,000 units sold in the first year, Sun has said.

Native replication for ProtecTIER will be available Sept. 4, 2009, and will be an optional, additionally priced feature.  A software upgrade will be available for all existing TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway and TS7650 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance configurations, IBM said.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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