Tandberg Data introduced its first multi-drive platform for RDX removable disk drives today. The RDX QuikStation library has eight RDX docks for a total capacity of up to 8TB using 1TB RDX drives. Users can also configure the unit with lower capacity RDX drives, starting at 160GB.
RDX proponents say that RDX technology combines the benefits of tape (removability) and disk (fast, random access), and the technology seems to be catching on with end users. For example, RDX suppliers claim that more than 900,000 cartridges, and 300,000 docks, have been shipped.
Users can configure Tandberg’s RDX QuikStation as eight individually-addressable iSCSI disk targets, or as an emulated tape library. The RDX QuikStation can emulate Tandberg Data’s T24 LTO-3 tape library (two drives, eight cartridges) or SL LTO-3 autoloader (one drive, eight cartridges).
The RDX QuikStation supports CA’s ARCserve, Symantec’s Backup Exec, and Tandberg Data’s AccuGuard backup and deduplication software.
The RDX transfer rate of up to 45MBps translates into backup throughput of about 100GB per hour.
MSRP for the RDX QuikStation starts at $3,999 without disk cartridges, and 1TB RDX cartridges are priced at slightly less than $500. The 2U libraries include an embedded Linux Server and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Tandberg claims that the RDX QuikStation consumes less than 90 watts in operating mode.