Tandberg Data, now a subsidiary of Sphere 3D, has released a new backup appliance based on its RDX disk technology. The firm said the new model is the first of its type to be powered by the USB 3.0 port on the target system, and is expected to support cartridges with more than 2TB capacity in future.
Available now through authorised resellers and system integrators, the new RDX QuikStor is a ruggedised backup appliance aimed at distributed enterprise workgroups and small-to-medium business (SMB) environments.
Designed to be portable, the new device boasts a USB 3.0 port for connection to the backup target system, and also draws its power from the USB 3.0 port, eliminating the need for a separate power supply. This makes the RDX QuikStor a natural fit for environments where data portability and encrypted data security are essential, the firm said.
With the USB 3.0 connection, the latest RDX QuikStor drive is capable of data transfer rates of up to 260MBps, with storage capacities of up to 2TB per cartridge. This is expected to increase in future with larger capacity media enabled by the planned RDX+ technology.
RDX technology is a disk-based removable media standard that was developed specifically for archiving purposes. It was designed to combine the best features of disk drives, such as high performance, with the best features of tape, notably removability and affordability, plus a long archival life of at least 10 years.
Tandberg Data has been developing and selling RDX products for many years, and became a subsidiary of Sphere 3D Corporation late last year when the latter merged with Overland Storage, which itself acquired Tandberg about a year earlier.
Nilesh Patel, vice president of product management at Sphere 3D, said that the firm has seen rapid adoption from customers and aggressive capacity growth in the RDX QuikStor appliances globally.
"The new RDX QuikStor with USB 3.0 technology significantly enhances data protection and mobility, and gives organisations more flexibility on how, when and where their employees can collect, share and protect information," he said in a statement.
The new RDX QuikStor appliance integrates tightly with Tandberg's AccuGuard server and desktop backup and de-duplication software, as well as with the firm's SnapServer NAS or NEO tape libraries.
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