Q&A with Henrik Rosendahl of Quantum - Page 2
DXi V1000 delivers the value of deduplication in an affordable software-only model. We’ve kept all of the functionality people have come to expect with DXi appliances and created a very low-cost deduplication option. It is designed to integrate easily into an existing environment and is also used for backups for both physical and virtual machines. It also offers a uniquely extensible model for multiple use cases. For example, some customers may deploy a regional edge-to-core pattern, with the DXi V1000 running in satellite offices and replicating to a data center with a physical DXi. On the other hand, small sites requiring DR protection can back up to a local DXi V1000 and replicate to a similar-sized office in another location, preserving the ability to recover from the offsite system in the event of a disaster.
VSM: How is this different from other cloud and virtualization technologies on the market?
HR: No one else is spanning the gap between business-class cloud and consumer cloud. We’re not offering a credit card model with consumer-oriented restore times – we’re appealing to business-class providers with lots of options and a live person to help with recovery, and we can build a true DR infrastructure.
VSM: How can public cloud service providers leverage this data protection technology?
HR: Xerox is our first partner to go to market with this foundation. Xerox adopted our platform because they were looking to offer an efficient, flexible and optimized cloud and DR service suited to a broader range of customers than strictly enterprise. They needed a platform that would be simple to deploy, provide best-in-class protection, and balance affordability with fast restore/recovery time.
VSM: What else can we expect to see from Quantum in 2012?
HR: Looking ahead, we intend to provide data protection solutions based on Quantum technology to other public cloud providers. Also, you can anticipate Quantum-branded cloud offerings for backup as a service and DR as a service. In addition, we plan to provide a white box option to partners who want their own branded solutions. Finally, you can also look to Quantum to extend to other cloud-based offerings such as archive as a service.