Nexsan enters U.S. with disk-based backup

Posted on September 01, 2001

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BY DAVE SIMPSON

Last month, Nexsan Technologies announced that it has moved its headquarters from the U.K. to the U.S. Founded in 1998, Nexsan offers a variety of standard RAID subsystems with ATA, SCSI, and Fibre Channel interfaces. But company officials hope to differentiate the product line in two primary areas: low cost and a disk-to-disk backup application that reduces-and in some cases, eliminates-the need for tape-based backup.

Nexsan's ATA-based InfiniSAN ATAboy RAID array is priced at $0.017 per megabyte in a 1.2TB configuration. SCSI, Fibre Channel, and SCSI-FC combination subsystems are priced between $0.11 and $0.14 per megabyte, according to Diamond Lauffin, senior executive vice president. Those configurations include features typically found on higher-priced RAID arrays-active-active fail-over, hot-swap capability and fault tolerance, phone-home monitoring, and data replication. The InfiniSAN arrays can be configured as direct-attached storage (DAS), storage area network (SAN) and, later this year, network-attached storage (NAS) systems.

The company also hopes to differentiate its product line with the D2D disk-to-disk backup application, which combines disk subsystems with a software application specifically designed for hard disk-based backup.

"We advocate disk for primary on-site and secondary off-site backup," says Lauffin, "but permanent archiving will still be tape." He predicts that the industry will slowly migrate away from the traditional tape-based backup model.

The D2D software allows event-based, "window-less" backup with features like direct file overwrite and true revision control. The software offers an alternative to tape-based backup applications from vendors such as Computer Associates, Legato, and Veritas.

Nexsan is targeting vertical markets, including digital video security, medical imaging, print graphics, animation and special effects, and telecommunications. The company plans to sign up more than 40 integrators over the next three months, according to Lauffin. Current partners include integrators such as Stornet and Cambridge Computer.

Nexsan's U.S. headquarters is in Woodland Hills, CA. For more information, visit www.nexsan.com.


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