Tips on Selecting a Deduplication Appliance

By Drew Robb

It was about ten years back with deduplication technology began to be a factor in enterprise storage. Since then, its popularity has become such that a multitude of products and services now include some kind of deduplication feature. But for heavy-hitting deduplication action, purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) are the way to go as they all come with built-in deduplication.

These systems have gravitated up the storage food chain to the point where they are comfortable in an enterprise setting and can store multiple TBs or even a few PB of deduplicated data. This guide focuses on some of the larger and newer boxes serving the mid-market and above.

Quantum DXi6800

Quantum’s new DXi6800-Series expands the company’s PBBA line in terms of scalability, performance, availability and security capabilities. Pay-as-you-grow options, inline dedupe and up to 16 TB/hour of performance make this a strong contender in this market segment. Incorporating 3 TB self-encrypting drives, the DXi6800 also provides 13 to 156 TB of usable capacity.

The DXi6800 supports Symantec NetBackup AIR to improve restore service level agreements and reduce time to return to business in the event of a disaster. Hot spare drives are included, as well as Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP) to spread spare capacity across drives. The base price of $110,000 includes 13 TB of usable storage, licenses for NAS, VTL, OST, deduplication, replication, path-to-tape and DXi Accent software.

“The DXi6800 is 4x faster, 3x more scalable and has a 50% smaller footprint versus the leading competitor, all at the same price point,” said Chris Hoffman, DXi product marketing manager, Quantum. “It can replicate to another DXi or to the cloud and is compatible with Quantum’s Q-Cloud backup-as-a-service and disaster recovery-as-a-service.”

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This article was originally published on October 09, 2013