Perceiving a giant gap in data protection for enterprises with remote offices, storage vendor Sepaton today announced two new lines of backup appliances to help fill in the cracks.

Sepaton is currently beta testing its S2100-DS3 Series 1000 and 2000 systems, which the company specifically engineered to provide remote offices with data protection capabilities to match its ES2 Series of centralized data protection appliances for main office implementations. The DS3 is a follow on, and replacement for, the DS and DS2 Series appliances.

Like spokes tied to the central hub, the new DS3 systems provide remote offices with most of the same features, including large volumes of data handling and high-speed connectivity as the ES2 in a 2U rack mount that can be managed from the central office without staffing up the remote sites.

“Customers want more than just a central platform for data protection,” Linda Mentzer, Sepaton’s vice president of product management, told “Remote offices typically don’t have an IT staff.”

The DS3 will be available with either 10 TB or 20 TB of usable disk storage, and can be scaled up to 80 TB, company officials said.

The DS3 will also feature Sepaton’s DeltaStor deduplication software, and will handle data deduplication at the remote site, thus holding down demand on bandwidth-challenged WANs often used at such sites, according to Mentzer.

“Deduplication at the remote sites dramatically reduces bandwidth [demands],” she added.

Each DS3 features two Fibre Channel and two 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) ports for faster backup and restore times, and can be configured to provide as many as 192 virtual devices concurrently, with up to 64,000 virtual tape cartridges per platform.

Additionally, the S2100-DS3 Series 2000e can provide backup speeds of up to 1500 MB per second, the company claims. Plus, the DS3 supports Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) on 10GbE concurrently with Fibre Channel tape emulation.

In fact, the DS3 is designed to work seamlessly with Sepaton’s ES2.

“It plugs into the existing backup solution,” Mentzer said.

The DS3 comes with the latest release — version 6 — of Sepaton’s software, which shipped in late January.

Each of the three new units — DS3 Series 1000, 2000, and 2000E — run on Intel Westmere six-core CPUs running at 2.4 GHz with 48 GB of memory.

The DS3 Series will start at $110,000 for a 10 TB system, which includes both hardware compression and data deduplication as standard, the company said.

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