Quantum, Nexsan Expand Deduplication Offerings


Quantum (NYSE: QTM), FalconStor (NASDAQ: FALC) and Nexsan have updated their deduplication offerings to capitalize on the growing demand for the data reduction technology.

Nexsan and FalconStor have partnered on a dedupe appliance that competes with the likes of EMC's (NYSE: EMC) Data Domain line, while Quantum — EMC's dedupe partner before the Data Domain acquisition — is expanding its dedupe technology from its DXi backup appliances to primary storage with its StoreNext file system.

Nexsan is using the FalconStor File-Interface Deduplication System (FDS) for its DeDupe SG ("Speed with Green") 2.0 appliance, which the company claims is "the first LAN-based deduplication system to offer high availability."

Nexsan DeDupe SG 2.0 also includes support for Symantec's (NASDAQ: SYMC) OpenStorage API (OST) for faster data ingestion speeds.

Nexsan offers redundant appliances for uninterrupted data access and automatic backup application failover, with backup server connections of as much as 5.4 terabytes per hour with Symantec OST.

The appliances can support up to 150 remote sites, and they also come with optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The DeDupe SG 2.0 also uses Nexsan's AutoMAID technology to save on power costs while maintaining performance.

Pricing starts at $49,000 for a 4TB appliance.

Quantum Dedupes Primary Storage

Quantum has updated its StorNext data management software to offer primary storage dedupe, replication, distributed data tiering, timecode-based partial file retrieval and a Web services-based management console.

StorNext 4.0 offers data deduplication natively in the file system for nearline data and multi-site environments. Quantum's variable-length deduplication technology finds redundant data blocks across files and stores only unique data.

StorNext also offers replication from a single site or multiple branch offices to a remote location, and deduplication means customers only have to replicate unique data.

Distributed Data Mover (DDM) functionality adds performance to tiered storage and archiving, while timecode-based partial file retrieval (PFR) streamlines workflow in media asset management applications so that segments of large media files can be quickly retrieved and utilized based on timecode parameters.

And in other dedupe news this week, ExaGrid claimed to be "the first vendor to offer a complete line of high performance disk backup appliances with data deduplication at a cost that approaches tape backup systems," with pricing starting at $43,000 for a 5TB system.

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