Features include the ability to replicate to any DXi-Series appliance, cloud protection service or tape.
Data protection and big data
management specialist Quantum announced a software platform to help businesses
employ cloud-based data. The new platform is centered on Quantum vmPro
technology and its new virtual deduplication appliance, DXi V1000.
The all-virtual platform
serves as a component of Xerox's recently announced cloud backup and disaster
recovery services. It is also the basis of a multifaceted plan to make the
benefits of Quantum's cloud-optimized technology available through other public
and private cloud services this year, including new Quantum-branded offerings.
Quantum's approach is based
on the fact that most customers continue to use both disk and tape for data
protection, have a mix of physical and virtual servers and are more comfortable
with a hybrid cloud strategy. The DXi V1000 provides the full functionality of
Quantum's DXi-Series deduplication appliances in 100 percent virtual machine-based
software. The DXi V1000 is available starting next month at a price of $2,250
"When we sought a
design for an efficient, flexible and optimized cloud backup and DR service
beyond the enterprise, we looked for a platform that would be simple to deploy,
provide best-in-class protection and balance affordability with fast recovery
time," said Ken Stephens, senior vice president of Xerox Cloud Services.
"Quantum's products met this level of sophistication, which we are able to
offer as part of our cloud suite of services."
The technology's extensible
architecture is designed for data protection use cases beyond public clouds,
including regional edge-to-core replication to a physical DXi appliance and
small site-to-site disaster recovery. Other features include a virtual
appliance-based backup design that eliminates agents and extra servers, the
ability to replicate to any DXi-Series appliance, cloud protection service or
tape, a design that integrates with backup software in existing environments
and data protection for both physical and virtual servers, typically 20TB to 40TB
per DXi V1000.
In the next year, Quantum plans
to market its cloud-based data protection to a broader range of customers.
These plans will include offering Quantum's technology platform to other public
cloud providers, selling its own branded cloud services, packaging a solution
for its channel partners to sell under their own brands, providing a technology
blueprint for private/hybrid cloud customers and developing technology
optimized for cloud-based archives.
"Over the past year,
Quantum has done an impressive job extending its data protection leadership
from physical to virtual environments, including cloud-based solutions,"
said Jason Buffington, senior analyst with IT research firm Enterprise Strategy
Group. "The combination of vmPRO and new DXi V1000 software in a highly
efficient and integrated platform opens up new solution possibilities, not only
for customers looking to innovate differently but also for cloud providers who
are ready to offer new storage services to their clientele."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.