Quantum Launches Low-Cost, Table-Top Disk Storage Unit

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-07-19 Print this article Print

Company officials say GoVault is the first removable disk product to feature deduplication.

Data backup and recovery vendor Quantum is offering a compact, inexpensive new table-top storage unit that officials claim is the first removable disk product to feature deduplication. The GoVault Data Protection Solution, released July 9 and intended for small businesses and branch offices, is a Windows-based storage package, a company spokesperson said. It includes a toaster-sized USB 2.0-connected table-top or server-embedded intelligent dock, data deduplication and disaster recovery software, and two removable cartridges for a total of 40GB capacity, at a starting price of $400.
Additional capacities of 80GB, 120GB and 160GB are available, the spokesperson said.
"All you do with GoVault is plug it in, turn it on, install the software with a few mouse clicks, and insert the two cartridges. At the end of the day, you take the backup [cartridge] out and home with you, and you have an off-site disaster recovery backup," Quantum marketing manager Tom Hammond told eWEEK. "Then you simply rotate the cartridges each day." Deduping, as deduplication is commonly known, is a method by which redundant files—and even blocks of data within files —are eliminated to improve data accessibility, which can drive down operational, power and cooling costs in the data center. The process can happen at several points in the information-gathering process: as data enters the system, at the server level or at the storage level. Deduplication is one of the top storage trends. Click here to read more. By only storing changes to files, backups can be completed in minutes instead of hours, said Hammond, in San Jose, Calif. The sealed hard disk cartridges can withstand up to a 1-meter drop on hard surfaces, and provide up to a 10-year shelf life for archiving, he said. GoVault has password protection and encryption to secure cartridges while they are transported off-site for disaster recovery or in the event they are stolen or misplaced, he said. GoVault is available now through Quantum and its distribution partners. Users can select an internal or tabletop dock and multiple cartridge capacities. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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