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WD, QNAP, Apricorn release new products; STORServer offers free TSM upgrade

John Hilliard

Recently, Western Digital announced the availability of a new version of Arkeia Network Backup, while QNAP Inc. announced a new network-attached storage appliance, Apricorn announced

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a USB 3.0 hard drive with biometric fingerprint access, and STORServer announced a free upgrade to its customers using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.

Western Digital unveils newest Arkeia backup product

Western Digital (WD) announced its recent release of the latest version of Arkeia Network Backup, which supports incremental backups over a WAN to cloud storage before an initial backup "seed" copy on physical media is shipped to the cloud storage vendor.

The company said allowing incremental backups before the first full backup is complete will eliminate the need to hold off incremental backups until an initial data backup is completed. The product also supports the company's Progressive Deduplication compression technology.

The company said perpetual license pricing is $5,000 for the first terabyte (TB) of data, with subsequent TBs backed up at $2,500 for each TB, and can fall as low as $1,250 per TB. Subscription pricing is also available, according to the company.

WD recently acquired Arkeia Software, which WD said will allow the hard drive manufacturer to expand its portfolio for small- and medium-sized businesses.

QNAP offers new Turbo NAS

QNAP said its latest 2U rackmount network-attached storage (NAS), the TS-x70 Turbo NAS, is targeted at smaller organizations and includes a redundant power supply, offers hot-swappable support for solid-state drives (SSDs), SATA 2.5" and 3.5" disk drives. The units -- available as either 8-bay or 12-bay models -- come with a dual-core Intel 2.4 GHz processor, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The new Turbo NAS models also include the company's "Real-time Remote Replication" for data backup, support for cloud storage vendors such as Amazon S3, ElephantDrive and Symform, as well as third-party products like Veeam Backup and Replication and Acronis True Image, the company said. The NAS devices can also use QNAP's NetBak Replicator or Apple Time Machine to back up data to the NAS. The TS-x70 series also works with VMWare vSphere, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Availability and purchasing information can be found at www.qnap.com.

Apricorn releases biometric USB drive

Apricorn recently announced a new USB 3.0 drive that offers a fingerprint sensor and hardware encryption that the company said will allow users to store sensitive data on a mobile drive without the need for passwords.

Apricorn's Aegis Bio 3.0 is available with either a hard-disk drive (HDD) or SSD. The HDD version is available in a 500 GB model for $199, and users can get a 750 GB version for $219 and a 1 TB drive for $249. An Aegis Bio with an SSD is available as a 128 GB drive for $329, a 256 GB drive for $529, and 512 GB for $699, according to the company.

The Aegis Bio's fingerprint scanner uses an imaging technology called HD3D, which the company said offers anti-spoofing protection and meets image quality requirements of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The drive itself is protected with 256-bit encryption so data remains secure even if the drive is removed from the enclosure, according to the company.

STORServer offers free TSM upgrade

STORServer recently said it will offer a free upgrade for its customers who are using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.

The company said participating customers would get an update to their existing licenses to move to Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) version 6.3 at no cost. STORServer said an upgrade to the newer version will reduce the number of backup servers needed, reduce the amount of storage capacity needed, gain a streamlined administration console and other improvements.

STORServer said IBM is ending support for TSM v5.5 this year. The offer for a free TSM upgrade ends on July 1, 2013.


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