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Quantum says that it is ready to ship its next disk-based backup system, the DX100, a step up from its existing DX30.

Quantum, describes it as an enterprise class device,
capable of backup and restore processes for large, multiple data centers running mission-critical CRM, ERP and database applications.

The system has anything up to 64 terabytes of raid 5 disk that can be fed at up to 2 terabytes an hour. Disk-based backup systems take the weight off live systems by pretending to be multiple tapes systems and shortening backup times. They can update real tapes at a later stage.

The DX range plugs straight in as if it were tape and accepts existing backup policy and software commands unchanged says the company.

Quantum has been in this business for a year with its DX30 disk-based backup system and its M- and PSerie tape libraries.

"While other vendors are trying to figure out their disk and tape strategy, customers have been successfully implementing Quantum's solution in production environments for over one year," said Rob Pickell, vice president of worldwide marketing for Quantum's Storage Solutions Group.

The DX-100 starts at 8 TB and can be expanded in increments of 4 TB, up to 64 TB, while the system continues to be managed by the backup software as a single tape library.

The DX100 is available through Quantum resellers at prices from $105,000 for an 8 TB configuration.

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