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Sepaton has brought out a new deduping backup storage array that it claims inflicts 80TB an hour on a floating lump of backup data. It's the S2100-ES3 2925 and it has near doubled its data ingestion rate over the -ES2 model, says the firm. It has also added an encryption feature that it says makes it the "safe choice" for mega corps and secretive gov orgs.

The upgraded machine's numbers still don't match up to what its OEM partner HP claimed to have achieved last year with its own kit. HP OEMs the S2100 as its high-end deduplicating backup array, positioned above its in-house StoreOnce products.

However, the storage arm of Whitman's firm said in June last year that its StoreOnce Catalyst software running on a B6200 backup array achieved a 100TB/hour ingest rate, faster than the new Sepaton machine.

This setup had a scale-out cluster architecture supporting up to eight nodes and carries both Ethernet and Fibre Channel host connectivity. Ditto the new Sepaton data slurper which in its -ES2 guise sucked in data at up to 43.2TB/hour.

The ES3 now achieves 80TB an hour (22.7GB per second) by using an 8-node S2100 setup and switching out to ProLiant servers, Sepaton said.

Last year's HP setup was a cluster of four high-availability pairs and did not feature a global deduplication pool across the cluster, while the Sepaton cluster does.

The partners faced off last year over which firm had the scoop on dedupe here.

Sepaton S2100-ES3

Sepaton S2100-ES3

Sepaton's previous ES2 model, dating from January 2011, used Intel commodity servers with Westmere processors from the time, but the new product uses newer "HP ProLiant DL380p Gen 8-based processing nodes, Intel Xeon E5-2690, 8-core dual-CPU 2.90GHz, and 128-GB RAM DDR3 memory" and Exar 1845 compression and encryption cards to achieve its 80TB/hour or 10TB/node rating. The Exar hardware means data encryption carries no performance penalty.

Its networking connectivity has been tweaked. We're told the previous model had 4 x 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) host connectivity and 2 x 8Gbit/s FC to the storage (backend).

The new product has 4 x 8Gbit/s FC host connectivity with unchanged back end links. Sepaton also added four 1GbitE links to the ES3, alongside the ES2's two 10GbitE links which remain, as do the Hitachi-sourced disk drive trays.

The software has been updated too, to v7.0, and the firm has also added capability to encrypt data at rest. This second feature integrates with Enterprise Key Managers compliant with the industry-standard OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol. The S2100-ES3 is fully qualified with the RSA DPM and Thales e-Security keyAuthority 4.0 appliances.

Sepaton supremo Mike Thompson said the new system, "underscores our position as the safest choice for large enterprise and government data protection.”

The S2100-ES3 with v7.0 software is available now with list pricing starting at $355,000. The encryption card is licensed separately. ®

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