Unitrends lowers DP costs with 'No Limits' licensing

By Dave Simpson

 -- In a departure from capacity- and client-based licensing, Unitrends this week introduced a series of data protection appliances with a No Limits licensing model that is independent of the amount of capacity or systems being protected.

In August, the company introduced the new licensing model for its on-premise data protection appliances. With the introduction of the Recovery-7 series of appliances this week, the company is extending the No Limits licensing model to its off-premise appliances.

The disk-to-disk (D2D) and D2D2D appliances are available in vault (one-way, on-premise to off-premise) and cross-vault (n-way, bidirectional) replication configurations.

Three models are available, with prices starting at $9,995 for the Recovery-710v with 3TB of capacity in a 1U form factor with four drive bays, a quad-core CPU, 8GB of memory, one Gigabit Ethernet controller, and an optional eSATA port for D2D2D configurations.

A high-end Recovery-730v appliance is priced at $29,995 with 15TB of capacity (60TB assuming 4:1 compression) in a 3U form factor with two internal drives in a RAID-1 configuration, 12 hot-swap drive bays, a quad-core CPU, 8GB of memory, and dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. All configurations come with 1.5TB SATA drives.

Features of the rotational archiving appliances include in-flight data deduplication (for WAN bandwidth optimization), compression and AES 256-bit encryption. According to Unitrends COO Mark Campbell, typical compression ratios are 4:1 and deduplication ratios range from 50:1 to 100:1.

Software includes the company's Rapid Recovery Console with BareMetal, file, Exchange and SQL data protection.

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This article was originally published on December 16, 2009