Imation Unveils Scalable Storage Platform

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-10-14 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The DataGuard data-protection appliance is a disaster-tolerant backup appliance using hard drives and RDX drives.

Storage solutions specialist Imation has unveiled a scalable storage portfolio of data protection and data archive products designed to help data-intensive, compliance-driven small to medium-size businesses retain, retrieve and recover data. Imation's scalable storage platform features InfiniVault and DataGuard multitiered data archive and data protection appliances, as well as the company's existing RDX removable hard disk storage and Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technologies.

The InfiniVault data archive appliance family comprises four models-the InfiniVault 5, 35, 70 and DICOM-to meet various size and industry requirements. InfiniVault data archive appliances are available in the United States through authorized Imation resellers and dealers, the company noted.

The DataGuard data protection appliance is a disaster-tolerant backup appliance using hard drives and RDX drives to provide a multilayer data protection target within existing backup infrastructures. Designed as both tower and rack models, DataGuard uses RDX removable hard drives to retain backups and to seed the cloud infrastructure. Models include the DataGuard T5R, R4 and R16, which will be available through authorized Imation resellers and dealers in early 2012.

"Compliance and the explosion of unstructured data have changed the way SMBs must retain, retrieve and recover their data. For years, SMBs have pieced together solutions from different storage companies, which didn't always work well together," said Tom Coughlin, founder of Coughlin Associates. "Imation is offering a seamlessly integrated portfolio of tiered and flexible storage solutions geared to the needs of SMBs. These solutions include cloud-enabling storage capabilities as well as archive quality media and appliances designed to enable SMBs to efficiently scale their storage according to their data archive and data protection needs."

Built to mitigate data loss, retain long-term data and support removable media workflows, Imation's line of stand-alone and internal mounted RDX hardware combines tape backup with hard disk drive storage. Currently available through authorized Imation resellers and dealers, models include the RDX A8 Storage Array and RDX USB 2.0 and 3.0 Internal and External Docks.

"We are always searching for compelling and differentiated products to add to our manufacturer lineup," said Charles Bass, vice president of vendor relations at Promark Technology. "In this case, we were looking for a scalable storage solution for small and medium-sized customers who have data-intensive and compliance-driven requirements similar to larger enterprises. Imation presented us with a solution that is extremely attractive and provides a comprehensive tiered storage product line that we can offer to our channel partners whose customers don't want to settle for low-end, off-the-shelf products or costly enterprise solutions."

Imation is also making technology investments to extend its position in data storage, security, archiving and protection, including the 2011 acquisitions of MXI Security, IronKey's secure hardware business and the assets of ProStor Systems, including the InfiniVault product line.


 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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