Pathlight VX 450 Addresses Need for Premium Data Protection and Disaster Recovery for Critical Applications
Winnersh, Wokingham - Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ: ADIC), the leader in Intelligent Storage solutions for the open systems market, today announced a new disk backup solution, the Pathlight VX 450, designed to provide Midrange data centers with enterprise-level protection for their most critical data. Pathlight VX 450 is the first integrated backup solution designed to give midrange storage environments enterprise disk-backup capabilities, including integrated tape support, in an easy-to-use, cost-effective solution.
For many IT departments with 2 to 5 TB of primary data, backup of critical business data has become a major challenge, especially for strategic applications like email and core business databases. Because partial backup of databases can make restoration complex, users typically backup the entire data set every day, putting pressure on backup windows and increasing the impact of failed jobs. Current disk-based backup products haven’t served this market well. Low-end disk solutions force users to change backup methodologies, create more management overhead, and require a second backup process to create the tapes needed for compliance and disaster recovery. Enterprise disk-based virtual library solutions, architected to manage much larger data sets, don’t serve the needs of smaller data centers cost effectively.
“Midrange storage environments have been underserved by technology and really need solutions that are appropriately sized and priced to their unique needs,” explained Peter Gerr, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Their IT teams have too much data to make straight backup to disk practical, can’t justify the costs of an enterprise-class virtual library, yet continue to struggle with protecting their most critical applications like databases and email, which their business depends on. ADIC has proven how powerful its software and virtual library technology is in enterprise environments, and we view its decision to bring the Pathlight VX technology to this segment as a great idea.”
“Pathlight VX 450 is the first disk-based backup solution in the industry designed to give premium protection to the problem applications in midrange storage environments,” said Steve Mackey, EMEA director of product marketing, ADIC. “These are the environments where users can’t afford to increase the amount of management they give to backup, and they don’t need the full capacity and performance of the solutions that larger data centers use. Pathlight VX 450 gives them disk performance and RAID fault tolerance in a cost-effective, easy-to-manage solution that fits easily into their existing backup process. And it integrates physical tape support, always under backup software control, without adding a second process for them to manage so it meets their data retention and disaster recovery requirements as well.”
The Pathlight VX 450 presents its disk capacity as a virtual tape library to applications, allowing it to fit easily into existing backup and restore processes originally designed around automated tape libraries. Tape creation is an integrated process that takes place outside the backup window, off the user’s backup SAN, and has no impact on application server performance. The Pathlight VX 450 is a cost-effective, fixed-capacity appliance that simplifies selection, installation, and management for midrange environments. At the same time it provides enterprise protection features: virtual library presentation, integrated tape support, a single service point, and optional policies to increase protection levels and expand capacities.
“The Pathlight VX 450 is a perfect complement to ADIC tape libraries, which have been designed with features to allow them to work more effectively in a mixed disk-tape environment,” said Mr. Britts. “With features like integrated partitioning, I/O management, high capacity import/export support, and automated diagnostics, Scalar libraries are simply better at supporting the multi-use, high duty cycle operations typical of mixed technology backup.”
Pathlight VX 450 offers 4.2 TB of usable disk capacity and 0.5 TB per hour throughput, which can be dynamically divided between up to 20 virtual drives. It provides direct, integrated tape support for ADIC Scalar libraries, and includes as a standard feature two years of on-site service through the same service team that supports ADIC libraries in more than 180 countries around the world. Pathlight VX 450 is part of ADIC’s Pathlight VX family of disk backup solutions.
Pathlight VX 450 will be available in April 2005.
Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ: ADIC) is a leading provider of Intelligent Storage™ solutions to the open systems marketplace. ADIC is the world’s largest supplier of automated tape systems using the drive technologies most often employed for backing up open system, client-server networks.* The Company’s data management software, storage networking appliances, and disk-based backup and restore solutions provide IT managers innovative tools for storing, managing and protecting their most valuable digital assets in a variety of disk and tape environments. ADIC storage products are available through a worldwide sales force and a global network of resellers, OEMs and partnerships, including Apple, Cray, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM and Sun. Further information about ADIC is available at www.adic.com.
*Market Share: Gartner Dataquest, Tape Automation Systems Market Shares, 2003, F. Yale, April 2004. ADIC, Pathlight, StorNext, and Scalar are registered trademarks, and Intelligent Storage is a trademark of Advanced Digital Information Corporation. All other trade or service marks mentioned in this document should be considered the property of their respective owners
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