Tandberg Data today unveiled its RDX QuikStation, an eight-bay network-attached removable disk library designed for data protection and off-site disaster recovery for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) configurable either as removable disk storage, a tape autoloader or a tape library.
Tandberg also has a one-bay QuikStor removable disk library based on RDX removable disk technology. The 2U eight-node QuikStation has three configuration options. It can be set up as eight iSCSI targets, a Tandberg Data StorageLibrary T24 with eight slots and two LTO-3 tape drives, or it can emulate a Tandberg Data StorageLoader with eight slots and three LTO-3 tape drives. It has a transfer rate of up to 100 MBps across multiple docks (uncompressed) and holds up to 8 TB online with eight 1 TB removable disk cartridges.
RDX disk drives are SATA disk drives built into a cartridge with the same format as LTO tape. They provide customers with the advantages of disk backup, and -- like tape -- the cartridges can be taken offsite for disaster recovery. Tandberg offers five RDX drives ranging in capacity from 160 GB with an MSRP of $149 to 1 TB for $419.
"What separates this from the others is it targeted at the small to very low midrange companies," said Arun Taneja, founder and analyst at Taneja Group. "There is no automation in this product. It's a very simplistic device. It's designed for the little guys. The enterprise companies want to have disk and tape behind it. In this case, you just put a backup cartridge in the RDX and pull it out of the dock and lock it up in your safe."
The RDX QuikStation has built-in web-based management, and can be configured remotely. It is compatible and qualified with backup applications such as CA ARCserve, Symantec Corp. Backup Exec, and Tandberg Data's AccuGuard Server backup and deduplication software. Ted Oade, business unit manager for disk and software at Tandberg, said the vendor will add support for other backup software.
Tandberg sells its RDX products through OEM deals with Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp. and other partners. The suggested retail price for the QuikStor is $3,999.