Nexsan Enters U.S. With Disk-to-Disk Backup

By Dave Simpson

WOODLAND HILLS, CA -- This week, 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 arrays are priced at 1.7 cents per MB in a 1.2TB configuration. SCSI, Fibre Channel, and SCSI-FC combination subsystems are priced between 11 cents and 14 cents per MB, according to Diamond Lauffin, senior executive vice president. Those configurations include features that are typically found on higher-priced RAID arrays, including active-active failover, full hot-swap capability and fault tolerance, phone-home monitoring, data replication, and support for direct-attached storage (DAS), storage area network (SAN) and, later this year, network-attached storage (NAS) configurations.

Nexsan 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 such as direct file overwrite and true revision control.

Nexsan is targeting vertical markets such as 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.

For more information: www.nexsan.com.

This article was originally published on August 08, 2001