By Kevin Komiega
—Quantum today unveiled a low-cost, disk-based de-duplication appliance targeted at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The GoVault Data Protection Solution is available in stand-alone or server-embedded versions with two removable disk cartridges for on-site and off-site data protection. In addition, GoVault includes backup software for Windows featuring data de-duplication technology that Quantum officials claim can reduce the amount of data stored by as much as 20x, thus reducing the number of cartridges required for backups.
SMBs often lack resources and expertise when it comes to managing storage. That's why Quantum isn't going to waste much time explaining the ins and outs of data de-duplication to its potential customers.
"SMBs are concerned about disaster recovery and off-site backup, just like larger enterprises, but today's solutions are viewed as too resource-intensive and, in many cases, price becomes the main factor in purchasing decisions," says Tom Hammond, a product manager at Quantum. "We're marketing GoVault in simple terms: It requires fewer cartridges, it's less expensive than other offerings, and it requires very little management."
Hammond claims that GoVault's cost per megabyte is lower than some entry-level tape products. The starting price is $400 for an internal server dock, two 40GB cartridges, SATA-II cabling, and data de-duplication software. Cartridges are priced from $100 and are available in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, and 160GB capacities.
The appliance only stores changes to files, which can shrink the backup window over time. Files can be restored using drag-and-drop capabilities from the Explorer interface.
GoVault also features password protection and encryption to secure cartridges while they are transported off-site for disaster recovery or in the event they are stolen or misplaced.
The system averages transfer rates of 26MBps to 34MBps, and its sealed hard disk cartridges are designed to be removed for off-site data protection. The cartridges can withstand up to a one-meter drop on hard surfaces and provide a 10-year shelf life for archiving.