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Tandberg Data Introduces Next Generation of Virtual Tape

Tandberg DPS1000 Series™ VTL offers scalable, sharable, and seamless data protection for virtual environments

Oslo Norway, (11 May, 2009): Tandberg Data, the global supplier of data protection solutions, today introduced the Tandberg DPS1000 Series™ Virtual Tape Libraries (VTL). Its intuitive management, secure, seamless integration, and scalability are unsurpassed. Furthermore, a single unit can connect up to 100 separate systems; it automatically discovers, connects and presents a unique virtual library for each host system, including virtual systems, servers and workstations.

By using high-performance, cost-effective disk storage to emulate a traditional tape library, a VTL optimizes performance of data protection operations, providing almost immediate access to data and dramatically reducing backup and recovery time. The ease of integration into existing storage environments makes a VTL the disk based data protection solution of choice for many organizations.

“The DPS1000 Series offers even more than a typical VTL,” says McClain Buggle, Business Unit Manager for Disk and Software at Tandberg Data. “It creates a unique and secure virtual library connection for up to 100 host systems, including remote servers and virtual machines, and then automatically protects all systems to physical tape. Each system can run a different backup application – there is no sharing conflict since each system believes they have their own tape library.”

The DPS1000 Series VTL can be used with Tandberg Data Tape Libraries for consolidated off-site backup, long term archiving and disaster recovery. Optional DPS Expansion Modules can be utilized to provide additional capacity.

Sharable and Secure

The Tandberg DPS1000 Series quickly and cost-effectively protects multiple systems. A single unit can connect up to 100 separate systems and each system can run a different backup application. The DPS1000 Series has been designed to make it easier to protect data in virtualized environments; it easily scales with a one to one mapping of a virtual machine to its own virtual tape library connection. If a virtual machine is no longer online, then its library connection is persistently maintained. The DPS1000 Series is configurable as a single drive per library or up to eight drives within a single virtual library. The virtual shelf allows tapes to be electronically removed from the active library and stored for later retrieval or export. Tapes on shelf can be moved to other libraries electronically, providing data portability without physically moving tapes.

To ensure maximum data security, the DPS1000 creates a unique and secure virtual library connection for each host system. This isolation of data helps to satisfy regulatory compliance concerning maintaining controls and storage separation of data. Each client or server has its own library to back data up to. To provide maximum security of data, the DPS1000 only allows the system that backed up the data to restore the data.

Seamless Integration

The DPS1000 Series is easy to install and configure using the existing Ethernet network without disrupting any of the existing backup policies and schedules. The Tandberg DPS1000 easily integrates into existing storage environments. It emulates an industry standard tape drive & library, and installation causes no disruption to existing backup schemes & retention policies. Each host system can be configured using a wizard, and the DPS1000 Series’ management features automatically discover, connect and present a virtual library and available tape media for each host system. Additional drive and cartridge creation only takes one click – and no mapping or configuration changes are required. The dynamic Web-based help system provides guidance and instructions on the specific functions and tasks being managed.

For optimum data protection, it is not enough to just perform local data backups. Maintaining off site copies for long term archiving and disaster recovery is critical. Proper and efficient data management can also reduce media costs. The DPS1000 Series works seamlessly with Tandberg Data tape libraries without requiring separate agents or burden of any additional licensing costs. By utilizing built-in policy based scheduling, the DPS1000 series drastically improves the efficiency and reliability of tape operations without any performance impact to the backup server. With virtual tape stacking, media costs can be reduced by consolidating the amount of cartridges used. Finally, virtual cartridges can be flagged for physical export, and output for off-site transfer of physical media can be scheduled.

Scalability

The DPS1000 Series can be sized for any environment with the DPS Expansion Module. These 2U disk arrays can be utilized with the DPS1000 Series to provide additional capacity as and when required, adding up to 45TB of raw storage in 4.5TB increments.

By using the built in Dynamic Data Reduction, the effective storage available on disk can be expanded even further, reaching reduction ratios up to 10 to 1. Dynamic Data Reduction functions in-line with data transfer to disk and automatically detects data compressibility, shutting off reduction for non-compressible data sets.

Pricing and Availability

The DPS1000 Series VTL will be available in Q2 2009 through Tandberg Data’s established channel of distributors and resellers. The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 1U, 3TB DPS1100 will be $9 995. The 2U, 6TB DPS1200 will have an MSRP of $17 995. This includes a 3-year limited warranty with one year of onsite hardware support (5x9xNBD) and telephone software support. The MSRP of the 4.5TB DPS Expansion Module will be $9 500, and the 9TB DPS Expansion Module will have an MSRP of $12 600.

For further information please contact:

Marije Stijnen
Director of Corporate Marketing
Tandberg Data
Tel.: + 44 7909 906012
Email: mstijnen(at)tandbergdata.com

About Tandberg Data

Tandberg Data is a leading global supplier of data protection solutions. Tandberg Data offers a wide selection of secondary storage solutions, ranging from disk-based appliances, such as the RDX® QuikStor™ and the Tandberg DPS1000 Series™ VTL, to automated tape solutions like the Tandberg StorageLoader™ and StorageLibrary™ Series. Tandberg Data also offers tape drives, based on the LTO™, SLR™, and VXA® tape technology platforms, and media. Tandberg Data solutions are supported by robust, easy to use software, such as the RDX® FileKeeper™, the continuous data protection solution for the RDX QuikStor. All solutions are supported through a worldwide service and support network, recognised globally for its outstanding levels of service. In addition to the standard warranty and support offerings, on-site service upgrades provide Tandberg Data customers with further peace of mind.

Tandberg Data products are supported by all major operating systems and software applications to successfully integrate and operate in heterogeneous storage environments. All solutions are designed to meet the growing storage requirements of small and medium sized organizations with scalability, reliability, and backward compatibility features that ensure cost effective operation and long-term investment protection.

Tandberg Data markets its solutions exclusively through a global channel of qualified resellers and distributors. This channel model is supported by OEM agreements with major server manufacturers including Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, HP, Hitachi, IBM, and NEC.

For further information, please visit www.tandbergdata.com

Tandberg StorageLibrary, StorageLoader, SecureService, DPS1000 Series, DPS1100, and DPS1200 are trademarks of Tandberg Data. RDX QuikStor and SLR are trademarks of Tandberg Data. VXA is a registered trademark of Tandberg Data. RDX is a registered trademark of ProStor Systems, Inc. LTO is a trademark of HP, IBM, and Quantum. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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