Quantum Ships Backup Appliances Aimed at Small Business

By Stuart Johnston

Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) said Monday it is shipping a new backup and deduplication appliance as well as a new removable disk library -- both designed for small and medium businesses (SMB).

The Quantum NDX-8d NAS appliance comes with 8 TB of NAS storage preconfigured with the company's deduplication technology and backup software, according to a Quantum statement. The company also offers a version of the appliance -- the NDX-8 -- without the deduplication software.

Meanwhile, Quantum said it is also shipping the RDX 8000 disk library, which comes with eight slots that can hold as many as eight removable RDX disk cartridges of different sizes for up to a total of 8 TB of storage. It can be used in conjunction with an NDX appliance for offsite backup, or by itself for disaster recovery and data protection.

"Quantum's new NDX appliances and RDX libraries provide a total data protection solution that is affordable to implement and simple to use," Rob Clark, senior vice president of Quantum's Disk and Tape Data Protection Group, said in a statement.

The NDX-8d comes with Quantum's Datastor Shield agentless client backup technology, so there is no client software to install.

The NDX-8d and NDX-8 are built on Intel Core i3 3.3 GHz processors with 4 GB RAM.

In addition, Quantum claims that its deduplication rates run as high as 20:1. Even disaster recovery data is deduplicated, helping to eliminate bottlenecks.

Quantum also said that next year, a 1.5 TB RDX cartridge is expected, which will enable customers to expand the eight-slot RDX 8000's storage to a total of 12 TB.

The NDX-8d costs $5,139 with the deduplication software, while the NDX-8, which does not come with deduplication, costs $4,029. Quantum's RDX 8000 lists at $4,999 with deduplication and $3,889 without it.

Both the NDX-8 and RDX 8000 are currently available, the company said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on October 25, 2011