Sepaton Storage Buying Guide

The name Sepaton has a very simple origin. It reads “No Tapes” when read backward. As such, it is a firm advocate of disk-only technology and has added data footprint reduction (DFR) to its skill set.

“Sepaton has been around for years and is focused on DFR, including dedupe, yet they may not be a household name like their competitors EMC (Data Domain and Avamar), HP (who has been an OEM of Sepaton), IBM, Netapp or Quantum,” said Greg Schulz, an analyst at Storage IO Group. “Yet it has solutions that can be applied to and be a viable option for many environments where those and other vendors appear.”

The company’s S2100 Data Protection Family consists of two primary products.

Sepaton S2100-ES2 Series 2910

New in 2011, the S2100-ES2 with version 6 of Sepaton’s DeltaStor software for what the company claims is the industry’s fastest performance, multi-protocol support, high-reliability and industry-leading deduplication. It has been retooled for Big Data scale-out storage environments.

Sepaton also supports OST A.I.R., available in the latest version of NetBackup 7. OST A.I.R. enables the company to tightly integrate with NetBackup to facilitate backup to disk without tape emulation, and streamlining the backup and disaster recovery processes.

According to Linda Mentzer, vice president, product management and marketing, Sepaton, the ES2 ingests data via Fibre Channel (FC) or 10 Gb Ethernet at up to 43.2 TB/hour.

Eight compute nodes can be combined in one 1.6 PB usable system upgrade. The starting price for a single node S2100-ES2 system with 24TB of usable storage is $335,100. “All nodes work together for ingestion, deduplication and replication,” she said. “Capacity can scale to 1.6 PB usable before any deduplication or hardware compression.”

The audience for the ES2 Series is large enterprises with diverse data types to protect coupled with demanding data growth requirements.

“Customers can purchase the system they need today and modularly scale both in CPU and storage capabilities as their needs change,” said Mentzer. “This is a unique capability compared to our competitors (EMC, IBM, HP, etc.), who rely on a single (or single-cluster) system approach, where added capacity or performance requires purchasing additional systems and creating additional backup environment complexity or require a forklift system replacement.”

Sepaton S2100-DS3 Series 2000

Three Sepaton products have a DS3 designation. The S2100-DS3 Series 1000 has a raw capacity of up to 48 TB, ingest performance of up to 600 MB/second and two 4 Gbps FC ports. The DS3 2000 ups that to 96 TB, four ports and up to 1200 MB/s performance, while the DS3 2000e delivers up to 96 TB and 1500 MB/s with two 4 Gbps FC ports and two 10 Gbps Ethernet ports.

“The S2100-DS3 extends advanced features to remote offices that have previously only been available to primary data centers,” said Mentzer. “By delivering data deduplication and data protection in a single package that is centrally managed and administered from the corporate data center, Sepaton eliminates the challenges in managing remote locations.”

This comes in a dense package — 20TB usable in 2U. It runs the same software as the ES2. This means that the the S2100-ES2 and the S2100-DS3 systems, as well as their expandable storage environments, can be managed from a single management console or DeltaView web portal. Reporting and management are available to cover areas like dedupe ratio, data type, backup policy and storage pools.

While the ES2 sits in the data center, the DS3 is deployed remotely. Companies with remote offices that need robust data protection are a candidate for this approach.

The starting price for a S2100-DS3 system with 10TB of usable storage is $115,000.

“The world of massive database data protection has many entrants but only a few are capable of providing acceptable levels of performance, capacity, data protection and economy,” said Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst, Taneja Group. “The purpose-built Sepaton S2100 meets these requirements, making the S2100 a winner in the challenging enterprise database protection race.”

Drew Robb is a freelance writer specializing in technology and engineering. Currently living in California, he is originally from Scotland, where he received a degree in geology and geography from the University of Strathclyde. He is the author of Server Disk Management in a Windows Environment (CRC Press).

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Drew Robb
Drew Robb
Drew Robb has been a full-time professional writer and editor for more than twenty years. He currently works freelance for a number of IT publications, including eSecurity Planet and CIO Insight. He is also the editor-in-chief of an international engineering magazine.
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