Data backup, recovery and archive specialist Quantum announced the release
of DXi 2.0, the company’s next-generation software platform for its DXi-Series
disk backup and deduplication solutions. Offered at the same price as the DXi
products with version 1 software, it creates a new inline data flow that is
optimized for Quantum’s latest generation of purpose-built DXi deduplication
appliances. DXi 2.0 software will be available this quarter for DXi4500 and
DXi6500 products, and available this summer for DXi6700 and DXi8500 appliances.
The DXi 2.0 software provides enhanced management features designed to
streamline deployment, monitoring and administration of the entire data
protection process, and employs a set of installation wizards and optimized
management screens for fast setup and ongoing administration, reducing the
total number of screens for common operations by 50 percent to 65 percent.
The software leverages the multitier, purpose-built appliance design of the
newest DXi models, and it continues to support the DXi direct path-to-tape
functionality that integrates high-speed disk backup with low-cost retention
under a single point of control. Customers with the latest-generation DXi4500
and DXi6500 appliances will be able to upgrade them to DXi 2.0 software at no
charge, and the upgrade will happen on-site with no requirement for data
"The entire DXi interface is well thought out and intuitive. Evaluator
Group found it to be one of the best interfaces available for any type of
storage system, and the enhancements in the DXi 2.0 software make it even
better," said Russell Fellows, senior analyst at Evaluator Group.
All DXi systems are supported by Quantum Vision, which provides a single point
of management across a user’s full backup environment, including disk,
replication and tape storage systems. A DXi4500 appliance running DXi 2.0
software will deduplicate at up to 1.4TB/hour for NAS and 1.7TB/hour for OST,
while a DXi6500 appliance running DXi 2.0 software will deduplicate at up to
4.3TB/hour for NAS and 4.6TB/hour for OST.
"Our customers have embraced the DXi4500 and DXi6500 already. We
anticipate that they’ll appreciate the enhanced performance and value provided
by the DXi 2.0 software,” said Shawn O’Grady, executive vice president of
strategy and field operations at Datalink.