Sphere 3D’s Tandberg Data subsidiary debuts RDX QuikStor SATA III for fast backup of hypervisor virtualization applications



Sphere 3D recently debuted RDX QuikStor SATA1 III, a removable disk storage and archive system for a seamless hypervisor integration experience with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware for backup, archive and data exchange. With significant performance improvements, the new RDX QuikStor delivers seven times faster speed improvement, when compared with previous generation SATA I devices, and is designed for compatibility with all current and future RDX media cartridges.

Sphere 3D is a containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider and parent company of Overland Storage and Tandberg Data.

The RDX QuikStor SATA III interface is a third-generation SATA interface running at 6.0Gb/s and can support bandwidth throughputs of 330MB/s with Solid State Drive (SSD) and 130MB/s with current Hard Disk Drive (HDD) based media. Although SATA III specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I and SATA II ports, the SATA III interface technology allows wider and better RDX integration particularly for the backup and archiving of data in professional IT, transportation and harsh environments (i.e. extreme heat, cold, vibrations, dirt and dust) including single server virtualization platforms.

Moreover, the RDX hardware encryption aware device comes with a built-in component allowing the encryption of RDX media to meet and exceed customers’ compliance requirements for backup, archive and data transportation.

Collectively these RDX enhancements provide a high performance and tightly integrated hypervisor user experience that is ideal for banking/finance, healthcare, defense and video surveillance sectors that need to backup high-security application data, and for users seeking to interface RDX to virtual servers built on hypervisors such as Hyper-V and VMware.

The RDX QuikStor combines portability and reliability of tape-based backup with the speed and simplicity of a hard disk drive; uses compact internal or external RDX drives accept pocket-sized RDX media, and the computer will recognize each cartridge and provide instant access and easy drag-and-drop control.

Write and read access is near-instant allowing users to work directly with the data on the media like one would with any other hard disk drive. With RDX capacities ranging from 500GB, 1TB, 2TB to 3TB and RDX SSD media capacities ranging from 128GB and 256GB, users have enough capacity to support a range of storage requirements, ensuring their data is fully protected.

RDX drives are tough, and media is shockproof and rugged enough to last over ten years, so that knocks and drops don’t mean lost data. Valuable data can also be further protected through Tandberg Data’s RCE encryption software, ensuring complete peace of mind. The RDX media is small and durable to slip into a pocket for easy transport. They can be carried to another site for use by another computer or moved off-site for archiving.

The external RDX USB3+ drive needs a USB3.0 connection to work. It is as easy to use as an external USB disk drive but much more robust and reliable. This enables RDX for outdoor usage like scientific data collection, in the media and entertainment environment, mobile workforce or just for easy data distribution across locations.

Media Spanning to multiple RDX media allows backups to grow and to expand capacity beyond a single RDX media, using multiple RDX media and supporting backup software. For best practice, multiple media should be used for backup and stored off-site for disaster recovery purposes. A minimum rotation of three media is recommended – first in drive for next backup, second in transit and third off-site for disaster recovery.

The RDX QuadPAK allows up to 4 RDX external drives to be securely installed in a 19″ rack to simplify backup and restore operations. This enables RDX to coexist with other IT equipment like servers, disk systems and network components in one rack. Software encryption is supported for all RDX drives. The new SATA III drives are hardware encryption aware. The RDX WORM enhances RDX for compliant archiving (optional software solution). RDX Cartridge Encryptor (RCE) is free software to encrypt data stored on RDX media.

RDX QuikStor provides a fixed disk mode and allows a seamless integration into windows-backup. Windows-Backup of current operating systems does not support removable media any more. Users are constrained either to refrain from an operating system upgrade, or to use a third party backup software.

Tandberg Data’s AccuGuard is a powerful data protection software that delivers reliable, automated backup and recovery utilizing a data deduplication engine designed to increase effective storage capacity. AccuGuard increases effective data storage by providing 20:1 deduplication, optimizing the data at the source which results in drastically improved backup windows and network bandwidth. Data retrieval is simple and painless with AccuGuard’s flexible file searching, drag-and-drop recovery and point-in-time restore.

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