Quantum Doubles Down on Data Archiving

By Pedro Hernandez

Quantum is tackling the growth of unstructured data, and its growing impact on IT budgets, with three new offerings unveiled today.

The San Jose, Calif.-based data backup specialist has taken the wraps off its new Artico NAS appliance that provides fast file services courtesy of its internal disks and while supporting data archival operations that target the company's Lattus Object Storage hardware, Scalar tape libraries (i80, i500, i6000) or Q-Cloud Archive.

"It has the intelligence of our StorNext software, which gives it the ability to tier data to an archive," Mark Pastor, product marketing manager for Quantum Archive Solutions, told InfoStor. "It's not just an archive tier where you can share the data, it's a full gateway to larger tiers," he added, noting that customers can "mix and match archive targets" while maintaining full access to their files.

Artico ships with 33 terabytes (TB) of disk storage, which is expandable to 73 TB. It features native support for the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format and can manage up to 1 billion files. Prices start at $45,000.

Quantum's DXi backup appliances can also now pull double duty, enabling enterprises to backup and archive data simultaneously on the same hardware.

The company today announced a new joint solution that combines DXi4700 and DXi6900 hardware with Rocket Arkivio Autostor software. According to Quantum's estimates, the joint solution can save up to 80 percent on storage costs for each TB of unstructured data that is archived under the new setup, all the while retaining access to said data.

For customers, a surprising number of which aren't capitalizing on offloading backup data to lower-cost storage tiers like tape, the joint solution is "a great opportunity to save money," said Marius Marcu, product marketing manager for Quantum Data Protection Solutions. Arkivio software stores data in its native file format, ensuring long-term file accessibility and availability independent of backup software applications.

Quantum DXi with Arkivio represents an "evolutionary approach" to the company's backup and archiving strategy, said Marcu. "Transforming this appliance to a multipurpose backup [platform]" is an example of his company's increased focus on an intelligent, value-oriented enterprise data protection product portfolio.

Finally, the company's Lattus object storage system is getting a big capacity boost. The new S30 storage nodes now accommodate 6 TB hard drives, providing up to 72 TB of raw storage per node, a 50 percent increase in storage density "in the same form factor," compared to Lattus models with 4 TB drives, said Pastor.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on April 07, 2015