Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM), a proven global expert in data protection and big data management, today announced a new software platform to help customers take advantage of cloud-based data protection through a highly optimized, flexible approach that overcomes the limitations of current cloud offerings. This platform is centered on award-winning Quantum vmPRO™ technology and its new best-of-breed virtual deduplication appliance, DXi V1000, also unveiled today. In addition, the all-virtual platform serves as a key component of Xerox’s recently announced cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) services. Finally, it is the basis of a multi-faceted plan to make the benefits of Quantum’s cloud-optimized technology available through other public and private cloud services this year, including new Quantum-branded offerings. All of this reflects a strategic initiative the company began last summer to extend its data protection leadership to virtual and cloud environments.
Optimized Cloud-Based Data Protection
For customers looking to reduce internal infrastructure and management costs, avoid the expense of maintaining multiple data centers for DR and/or protect data from small remote sites, storing data in the cloud is quite compelling. This is particularly true for backup data because availability is not as critical as for primary data; and, yet, the ability to restore backup data quickly when needed is still vitally important. Unfortunately, current cloud data protection services force customers to choose between fast but very expensive storage array-based replication offerings and cheap cloud-only solutions that can take days to deliver restored data. Moreover, these services often require customers to buy additional expensive hardware as data grows or abandon prior investments as part of the “rip and replace” cloud-only approach.
In contrast, Quantum has drawn on its long-standing expertise in data protection and industry-leading technology to deliver a highly efficient, cost-effective foundation for cloud-based backup, restore and DR that helps customers transition to the cloud on their terms and timeframe, easily and practically. Quantum’s approach is also based on the fact that most customers continue to use both disk and tape for data protection, have a mix of physical and virtual servers and are more comfortable with a hybrid cloud strategy. This focus on flexibility is reflected in the benefits provided by the company’s new cloud-optimized software platform, including:
- Fast restores delivered from local copies of virtual machines (VM) and their data;
- Cost-effective DR and business continuity provided by the ability to bring up full VM images in the cloud;
- The option to pursue a hybrid cloud approach, taking full advantage of Quantum vmPRO and DXi V1000 capabilities both onsite and in the cloud;
- The ability for customers to use their preferred hardware, protecting prior investments and future flexibility;
- Secure, multi-tenant cloud support;
- Data reduction of up to 95 percent; and
- WAN-optimized replication to maximize efficiency and leverage of existing links.
The New DXi V1000 Software: A Key Enabler for Public and Private Clouds
The new DXi V1000 provides the full functionality of Quantum’s DXi®-Series deduplication appliances in 100 percent VM-based software, thereby combining the power and flexibility of target-based deduplication with the simplicity and affordability of an integrated virtual appliance. The DXi V1000, available starting next month at a price of $2,250 per TB, offers:
- An extensible architecture well-suited to data protection use cases beyond just public clouds, including regional edge-to-core replication to a physical DXi appliance and small site-to-site disaster recovery;
- A virtual appliance-based backup design that eliminates agents and extra servers;
- The ability to replicate to any DXi-Series appliance, cloud protection service or tape;
- An easy-to-deploy design that integrates with leading backup software in existing environments; and
- Data protection for both physical and virtual servers, typically 20 TB to 40 TB per DXi V1000 (based on a 2 TB blockpool and average deduplication rates).
Quantum Plans for Extending Its Cloud-Based Data Protection Platform
Over the coming year, Quantum plans to extend the benefits of its cloud-based data protection to a broader range of customers. These plans will include:
- Offering Quantum’s technology platform to other public cloud providers;
- Selling its own branded cloud services;
- Packaging a solution for its channel partners to sell under their own brands;
- Providing a technology blueprint for private/hybrid cloud customers; and
- Developing technology optimized for cloud-based archive.
“When we sought a design for an efficient, flexible and optimized cloud backup and DR service beyond the enterprise, we looked for a platform that would be simple to deploy, provide best-in-class protection, and balance affordability with fast recovery time,” said Ken Stephens, senior vice president of Xerox Cloud Services. “Quantum’s products met this level of sophistication which we are able to offer as part of our cloud suite of services.”
“Over the past year, Quantum has done an impressive job extending its data protection leadership from physical to virtual environments, including cloud-based solutions,” said Jason Buffington, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The combination of vmPRO and new DXi V1000 software in a highly efficient and integrated platform opens up new solution possibilities not only for customers looking to innovate differently but also for cloud providers who are ready to offer new storage services to their clientele. The partnership and shared architecture with Xerox provides a strong validation of what should be an interesting solution to watch moving forward.”
“Today’s announcement reflects Quantum’s continued focus on developing and integrating industry-leading technologies to meet customers’ evolving data protection and management needs across physical, virtual, cloud and mixed environments,” said Henrik Rosendahl, vice president, Cloud Solutions at Quantum. “It also demonstrates our commitment to providing highly optimized yet flexible solutions that enable customers to realize the full benefits of storage advancements without having to make compromises elsewhere.”
- Quantum’s social media hub www.quantum.com/virtualdataprotection provides content related to the cloud data protection platform:
- SlideShare presentation featuring Quantum Chief Technology Evangelist David Chapa outlining Quantum’s cloud data protection platform
- YouTube video featuring Quantum’s CEO, Jon Gacek, discussing cloud-based data protection and the cloud technology platform
- Rob Clark, senior vice president, Data Protection Products, blogging about Quantum’s cloud-based data protection, the Xerox relationship and more
- Read more about DXi V1000: www.quantum.com/DXiV1000datasheet
- Follow the latest Quantum happenings on Twitter: www.twitter.com/quantumcorp
- Join the Quantum conversation on Facebook: www.facebook.com/quantumcorp
Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM) is a proven global expert in data protection and big data management that provides a unique combination of intelligent storage solutions and unmatched value for traditional, virtual and cloud environments. From small businesses to multinational enterprises, more than 50,000 customers trust Quantum to help cost effectively manage data growth and extract the full value from their digital assets. The company’s offerings include: DXi®-Series disk-based deduplication and replication systems for fast backup and restore, Quantum vmPRO™ solutions for protecting virtual machine data, Scalar® tape automation products for disaster recovery and long-term data retention, and StorNext® big data management software and appliances for high-performance file sharing and archiving. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 800, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, www.quantum.com.