NEC debuts mini-HYDRA for SMB backup

By Kevin Komiega

-- NEC has packed the features and functions of its high-end HYDRAstor grid storage system into a single-node "mini-HYDRA" system as it attempts to expand the reach of HYDRAstor into the SMB market.

The new HYDRAstor HS3-210 is aimed at meeting the backup, archiving and long-term storage needs of SMBs and remote or branch offices.

Despite its diminutive 2U form factor, the mini-HYDRA shares a common code base with its larger HS8-2000 brethren, giving the system advanced software features such as NEC's DataRedux inline deduplication and Distributed Resilient Data (DRD) technologies, WAN-optimized replication, snapshots, WORM functionality, and an optional Optimized Copy function for Symantec OpenStorage (OST).

The HS3-210 will reside just below the HS8-2002S as the smallest system in the HYDRAstor product line, filling a gap in the NEC portfolio that Gideon Senderov, director of product management and technical marking in NEC's Advanced Storage Products Division, says will bring HYDRAstor to the channel.

"HYDRAstor's primary strength has been its ability to scale up, but there was a critical gap on the low end," says Senderov. "The HS8-2002S is a system with one accelerator node, two storage nodes and a switch. Its footprint and price are still too large for certain environments and even for some enterprises with [branch locations] to deploy."

Physically, the HS3-210 is virtually identical to one HYDRAstor storage node. Senderov says the storage nodes are also full-blown servers with significant amounts of processing power and memory. NEC merged the functions of a HYDRAstor accelerator node and storage node to create the HS3-210.

"We're increasing our focus on driving business through the channel and it makes it a lot easier for channel partners to sell to SMBs when it's a single box," says Senderov.

HYDRAstor HS3-210 will ship on June 29. List pricing for the smallest configuration (4TB) is $40,000. A 12TB configuration carries a list price of about $100,000.

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This article was originally published on June 17, 2010