Also, EMC announced a new virtual "tape shredding" feature to its disk library portfolio, integration with EMC Network 7.3 backup and recovery software and system support for IBM iPlatform, formerly called iSeries.
Currently available, the virtual tape Clariion DL210 system offers about 50 percent performance improvements with only half the cost over the larger-sized Clariion DL310 disk library system.
The DL310 will eventually "go away," but in the interim will still be supported by EMC, according to Jay Krone, director of Clariion Marketing at Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC.
Krone said the DL210 will feature new software utilities and wizards specifically designed to simplify disk-based backup for smaller enterprises who tend to be more do-it-yourselfers.
The virtual tape box utilizes 500GB SATA (serial ATA) disk drives capable of scaling from 4 to 24TB.
Rolled out in August 2005, EMCs Clariion Disk Library Family currently includes the higher-end DL710, DL720, and DL740 models.
In order to allow customers to better meet regulatory requirements and ensure unwanted data is not compromised during or after backup processes via connected virtual tape and physical backend tape systems, EMC introduced its new virtual tape shredding functionality for all Clariion Disk Library models.
The tape shredding feature is enacted through a command line interface when a storage administrator deletes a virtual tape from a disk library.
Virtual tape shredding will be available by the end of Q2 2006 via integration with Networker (formerly Legato) backup 7.3 with its Clariion Disk Library family.
The component will be released near simultaneously with v.2.2 of Clariion disk software, Krone said.
The Networker 7.3 integration will allow media or backup application to pinpoint precisely where a backup asset lies, whether it sits in a virtual tape or physical tape medium.
Clariion Disk Library support for IBM System iPlatform will allow EMC customers with existing iSeries systems to improve backup operations and restore times.
The iSeries support will encompass large-scale backup applications for the AS400 audience, including Veritas Software and Legato users.