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Updated Dell DL AppAssure appliance aimed at SMBs

Dell DL AppAssure integrated backup and recovery appliances have been refreshed with two new systems that target entry-level customers.

Dell this week launched the DL4300 integrated backup appliance with a rapid recovery feature, and added a 1TB version of its DL1000 appliance. Both Dell DL appliances include AppAssure backup, replication and recovery software for physical, virtual and cloud environments.

The DL4300 is built on Dell's PowerEdge R730xd 13G platform with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and either two or four Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor licenses. The 2U DL4300 appliance comes in a standard model that scales from 5 TB to 60 TB within the same enclosure. The DL4300 High Capacity model scales from 40 TB to 120 TB with additional external enclosures. The DL4300 replaces the DL4000 appliance. A new capability offered with the DL4300 is the rapid appliance self-recovery, an option to either create a defined restore point for the appliance or recover the appliance back to its original factory image. Customers can use scheduled snapshots to failover in the event of a disaster.

The standard DL4300 features an 8-core processor and up to 128 GB of memory, while the high-capacity system features a 10-core processer and up to 256 GB of memory. The high-capacity DL4300 appliance also includes a Fibre Channel HBA option.

"The 4300 is a break from the architecture in the 4000," said Robert Amatruda, Dell product marketing manager for data protection. "You can scale within the box and you can do it on the fly."

Customers can manage all standby virtual machines in a single interface so there is no need to access the hypervisor.

The DL4300 appliances target managed service providers (MSPs) and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). They have native cloud support for Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3, Rackspace or OpenStack. Customers can manage all standby virtual machines in a single interface so there is no need to access the hypervisor. The standard version comes with two licensed Hyper-V machines and the high-capacity model comes with four licenses.

The 1U DL1000 1 TB is the lowest-capacity model of the DL1000 line, joining 2 TB and 3 TB options already on the market. The appliance provides snapshots as often as every 60 minutes and uses the AppAssure changed data tracking and deduplication for backups.

"The new DL4000 is meant to address a different constituency," Amatruda said. "It's targeted for home offices and remote offices. There also are MSPs who are interested. It's a tremendous box that explores ease of use and ease of deployment."

Dell DL appliances are available in virtual, physical or cloud configurations, conducting up to 288 snapshots a day, virtual standby of protected applications, failover and failback capabilities. The DL line also offers wide area network optimization and built-in replication for data recovery.

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