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Tape survivor Quantum today ramped up its efforts in disk storage with the release of kit aimed at the primed market for de-duplication.

Quantum's pitch is that as a backup appliance, its new DXi-series should slot into established backup setups more easily than wholly software-based solutions. The boxes can be implemented as network-attached storage in Windows and UNIX-based environments, and as a virtual tape library with either a fibre channel or iSCSI connection.

De-duplication has been a hot area of late, with EMC and NetApp buying up de-duplication software developers Avamar and Topio. Quantum can be assured its larger rivals are working on integrating the technology into their appliances too.

Quantum's kit uses software picked up in its acquisition of ADIC in August this year, and was one of the motivations behind the deal. The announcement is the first product the two single companies couldn't have developed on their own.

The gear is punted at mid-sized storage operations looking for an economical backup plan; Quantum claims its technology will slash capacity requirements by 20 times on average.

The eight DXi-series models, which run to 216TB, will be available in the US in January and worldwide from February starting at £12,000. ®

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