Fujitsu upgrades data deduplication backup hardware, launches VTL and NAS devices

Fujitsu rolls out new virtual tape library for enterprise and midrange appliance with VTL and NAS options, using data deduplication from a partnership with Quantum; NetApp resells Fujtisu midrange system in Europe.

Fujitsu America is expanding its data deduplication backup portfolio with upgrades to its Eternus CS High End enterprise virtual tape library (VTL) and two new configurations for its CS800 S2 data backup appliances for midrange and small- to medium-sized (SMB) customers.

The latest version of the CS High End supports cascading synchronous replication of deduped data, encryption and write once, read many (WORM). The CS High End scales to 2.4 TB with a single controller and can scale to 1.6 PB with multiple systems. It scales from four to 32 back-end ports, two to 112 physical tape drives and 10 tape libraries. It can handle 50,000 physical tape volumes.

The new members of the CS800 S2 family are the NAS Entry and VTL models, which join the NAS Basic and NAS Performance systems Fujitsu launched in April. The NAS Entry scales to 4 TB and is the smallest member of the family, while the VTL model supports 80 virtual tape drives and 9,000 virtual cartridges. Like the other NAS configurations, the NAS Entry also supports Symantec OpenStorage (OST), CIFS and NFS connectivity.

Fujitsu licenses Quantum Corp.'s data deduplication software for its backup devices. "Data deduplication is a must-have when you do disk storage these days," Fujitsu American storage product marketing manager Steve Crawford said.

Nick Sundby, consulting director for IDC's European Storage Group, said the enterprise system is geared more toward organizations that will likely keep tape for archiving and backup, while the CS800 platform is for those who want to replace tape.

"The CS800 is more about tape replacement since it can do NAS, dedupe and VTL," he said. "You can consolidate tape in the high end product. That really is designed for companies that have a long-term commitment to tape rather than a replacement."

NetApp Inc., which discontinued product development on its NearStore VTL early this year, last week said it would resell the CS800 S2 in Europe. Sundby said he could see NetApp expand that deal to other parts of the world, and add the High End product as well if the CS800 sells well. NetApp was outbid by EMC Corp. last year when it tried to acquire data deduplication backup market leader Data Domain.

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