BridgeSTOR Ships Dedupe on a Card

By Stuart J. Johnston

Expanding on its line of data deduplication appliances designed to work with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010, startup BridgeSTOR said Thursday it is shipping a PCIe card that provides many of the same features as its Application Optimized Storage (AOS) line of appliances at a significantly lower price point.

BridgeSTOR's Dedupe Card for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) DPM 2010 features a PCIe card-resident data reduction processor and accompanying software that adds data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning and strong encryption to DPM 2010, according to company statements.

"With the same amount of physical storage, administrators can protect more servers and maintain more recovery points," John Matze, BridgeSTOR founder and CEO, said in a statement.

The Dedupe Card for DPM 2010 works with either existing or new DPM 2010 server installations.

It can be used with HP ProLiant DL180, DL185, Dell PowerEdge R510, R610, R710, R810, and IBM x-Series M2 and M3 servers. The dedupe card uses Exar's 8200 Series data reduction and security processor installed on a PCIe (x4) card, the company said.

To promote the card, BridgeSTOR is offering a "35 percent in 35 days" guarantee -- if, within 35 days of use, storage doesn't require 35 percent less capacity, the company will give the customer a full refund.

"Microsoft's DPM 2010 is a highly effective tool for protecting data on Windows servers, workstations and laptops -- but it doesn't have deduplication or encryption," Matze said. "BridgeSTOR's Dedupe Card for DPM enables DPM 2010 administrators to reduce their disk capacity requirements by 35 percent to as much as 60 percent while optionally adding encryption," he added.

Not only does implementing a deduplication and compression solution lower hardware costs over time, it also cuts expenses for electrical power, cooling, rack space, post-warranty support and management time requirements," the company said.

BridgeSTOR's Dedupe Card for DPM 2010 is priced based on the amount of physical storage subject to deduplication and compression and starts at $995.

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 September 22, 2011