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Tandberg Data's Latest RDX® Firmware Provides Expanded Data Backup & Recovery Options for Businesses

Free RDX utility and firmware version improves compatibility with built-in Windows Backup to enable more data protection options for RDX users

Dortmund, 23 April, 2013, Tandberg Data global leader in data storage and protection solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, remote offices and workgroups, today announced an updated version of Tandberg Data’s RDX Utility and firmware, which includes a new RDX® Windows® Backup mode and compatibility with newer versions of Windows, such as Windows 8 and Server 2012.

Available now, the new RDX utility and firmware provides better integration with Microsoft Windows, enabling users of Tandberg Data RDX® QuikStor to leverage the benefits of the integrated Windows Backup application. With the new mode, Windows sees the RDX as a valid disk target without the need for a third-party backup application. Tandberg Data RDX USB 3.0 can now be used for scheduled system backups, including bare metal disaster recovery as well as a deduplication volume in Server 2012.

The free RDX Utility and supporting firmware is available to all Tandberg Data RDX users for download at www.tandbergdata.com.

RDX removable disk technology is rapidly becoming the replacement technology and successor to the DDS/DAT drive market. In fact, RDX technology is now the de facto standard in removable disk backup, with more than 500,000 businesses having integrated RDX storage products worldwide. Today, more than 500 petabytes of data are stored on RDX-based technology.

"DAT support has not been available with the Windows Backup utility since the release of Windows 2008," said Hugo Bergmann, RDX product manager for Tandberg Data. "Now all DDS/DAT customers can upgrade to the later versions of Windows and take advantage of the inherent benefits of Tandberg Data’s RDX removable disk technology with built-in Windows Backup."

The advantages of RDX vs. DDS/DAT include:

  • Higher capacity and flexible media
  • Higher write/read performance
  • Minimal user-generated media handling problems
  • Environmental tolerance to dust, temperature, humidity and operational vibrations
  • Long media usage (5000x RDX usage compared to 99x DDS/DAT usage)
  • No media wear
  • No drive cleaning
  • Non-operational shock and media drop resistance
  • Future-proof technology with extensive product roadmap

Tandberg Data RDX USB 3.0 systems can seamlessly integrate into servers with USB 2.0 docks and DAT72/160/320 drives, even using the same cables and RDX dock. RDX cartridges can be rotated, just like tape, to back up and store data in off-site, secure locations.

RDX Technology Overview

RDX technology combines the best of tape storage–reliability, portability, long archive life and low cost–and the best of disk–speed, random access and ease of use.

RDX technology has been adopted by most major OEM server manufacturers, including Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Imation, NEC, Quantum and Toshiba. RDX cartridges are available in hard drive and solid-state disk drive capacities ranging from 64GB to 1.5TB. All RDX cartridges are removable for off-site storage, disaster recovery and archival applications and are built to last more than 10 years with normal use. With SuperSpeed USB 3.0, the system provides transfer rate performance up to 180MB/s to disk.

Today’s RDX-based solutions include single dock systems, LAN-attached disk-based appliances and multi-cartridge removable disk libraries. RDX systems are used by organizations for data storage, backup, archive, disaster recovery and cloud seeding, among other applications.

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