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Update NEC has shrunk its multi-node HYDRAstor grid archive down to a single node, for smaller businesses wanting their own backup and archive store in the office and not off on a cloud somewhere.

The HYDRAstor HS3-210 is a 2U rack mount enclosure with four 1gigE ports and raw capacity of 4, 8, or 12TB. This translates to effective capacities of 52.5, 105 and 157.5TB because the software includes inline deduplication and compression, reducing data amounts NEC claims, by up to 95 per cent. The box can process up to 350MB/s of data, or 1.3TB/hour.

There are 12 drive bays which use 1TB drives, not the larger 2TB ones because the greater-than 12TB raw archive capacity space is filled by its big brother. There is protection against three drive failures and only lost data is rebuilt, not the entire drive.

The resiliency level can be dialed higher at a per file system or application granularity to withstand up to six concurrent drive failures.

NEC says the product provides better protection than RAID 6 with less overhead and faster rebuilds. We can think of it as a combined accelerator and storage node, the two kinds of node found in its multi-node big brother HS3-2000, with which it shares a codebase.

It also shares the same software features such as write-once-read-many, file locking, and WAN - optimised replication between the mini and maxi HYDRAstors. Read-only snapshot and read-write filesystem clone functionalities are also included.

NEC says the single-headed HYDRAstor is deployable in less than 45 minutes, self-discovers things and needs no storage provisioning; no tape emulation operations are needed either. It is also self-tuning and self-healing, which should please NEC's channel as well as its SME customers.

Gideon Senderov, NEC of America's director of product management and technical marketing, said: "NEC offers an ideal capacity-optimized storage solution for the channel and mid-market enterprise while maintaining full compatibility with the HYDRAstor grid storage platform for large enterprises."

He has remote, branch office and departmental use of mini-HYDRAstor in mind. NEC's channel now has something to sell against smaller EMC Data Domain products with this HS3-210 product.

The HS3-210 will be available on June 29 this year but you can order it now if you are keen.

Update: The prices are about $40,000 for the entry-level model, $65,000 for the middle one, and $90,000 for the top-end product. ®

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