Quantum Launches New VM Storage for SMBs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-02 Print this article Print

The vmPRO 4000 incorporates backup software with integrated storage--including deduplication--in a single package designed for small and midsize businesses and remote offices.

Backup, recovery and archiving specialist Quantum, which made its reputation building reliable storage hardware devices for midrange enterprises, has launched a new hardware/software package specifically to protect data housed on virtual machines.

The vmPRO 4000, announced Aug. 29 at VMworld in Las Vegas, incorporates backup software with integrated storage--including deduplication--in a single package designed for small and midsize businesses and remote offices.

The new Quantum device features a high-speed backup application that writes data directly to disk and uses its own deduplication to enable fast restores. For disaster recovery, the vmPRO 4000 includes replication software that automatically migrates deduplication datasets between vmPRO systems or to a Quantum DXi-Series appliance in a remote data center, the company said.

Deduplication is the key to the vmPRO 4000, because as it optimizes virtual machines, it accelerates speed of processing by filtering out unassigned, expired and inactive data to reduce overhead on servers, networks and storage.

The vmPRO 4000 backup application runs on a guest virtual appliance, which eliminates the need to load agents or deploy separate, dedicated physical servers. The device presents a direct file system view of all the virtual machine backup copies in native format, which helps provide faster access for restores and enables non-backup uses of backup datasets, such as testing, archiving or discovery.

Pricing for the vmPRO 4000 starts at $13,750. It will be available in October.


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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