Quantum Speeds Up Software for Its Backup, Dedupe Machines

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-28 Print this article Print

DXi-Series arrays switching to new v2.0 software will see their performance increased by up to 2X or more in open protocol systems, Quantum said.

A year ago, data backup, recovery and archive provider Quantum updated its entire frontline DXi storage hardware line.

On Jan. 26, the company followed up by rolling out faster software to run the disk backup and deduplication products.

DXi-Series arrays switching over to the new v2.0 software will see their performance increased by up to a factor of two or more in open protocol systems, which include both Symantec Open Storage and conventional NAS (network-attached storage) interfaces, Steve Whitner, Quantum disk product marketing manager, told eWEEK.

A key ingredient in Quantum's secret sauce in the v2.0 software is that it creates a better inline data flow specifically optimized for the company's latest generation of purpose-built deduplication appliances, Whitner said.

The result is that users of the new storageware will be able to protect more data with fewer disks, saving power and cooling and footprint costs, Whitner said.

A DXi4500 running DXi 2.0 will deduplicate a workload at up to 1.4TB/hour for NAS and 1.7 TB/hour for OST, and a DXi6500 running DXi 2.0 will deduplicate at up to 4.3 TB/hour for NAS and 4.6 TB/hour for OST, Whitner said.

An added note: Quantum is not increasing the price for the new software, Whitner 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 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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