Quantum Launches New VM Storage for SMBs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-02

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.


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