Originally developed by ProStor Systems in Colorado, the RDX format has enjoyed widespread acceptance, with over 330,000 docks and over 1M cartridges shipped to date. Recently, Tandberg Data, a long time data protection OEM, purchased the RDX technology from ProStor Systems, in a deal which included intellectual property, trademarks and licenses. With their global reach and resources, Tandberg Data is in an excellent position to support existing OEMs while aggressively driving the RDX roadmap.

Tandberg sells the RDX QuikStor, a direct attached RDX dock, the QuikStation, an 8-bay RDX system and the AccuVault RDX, a backup appliance with an internal RDX dock. These solutions offer users in the small and medium business segment a number of ways to leverage this format’s advantages.

Holes in the Cloud

The cloud has a number of great benefits, especially for the SMB space. It can support the simple outsourcing of IT services, such as backup, DR, file sharing and collaboration, through providers like Amazon S3, Mozy and Google Apps. But having the IT infrastructure dependent on the ISP connection that’s available to most smaller companies can be a little scary. Connections can go down, leaving the organization  without these services, and without their current data set so they can run on local computers. Bandwidth uncertainty can make users wait and restoring backed up data can take hours, even with fully functioning internet connections. Clearly, there are some ‘holes’ in the typical cloud solution.

The AccuVault RDX appliance is a one-box backup solution, with built in (agent-less) backup software and network-attached disk capacity that provides a simple, local backup copy of data. With the internal RDX dock, the day’s backups can be removed to an off-site location (often in a backpack) to provide a disaster recovery solution in a random access format that’s more robust than USB drives. Then, if a server or desktop computer fails or a problem occurs with the cloud provider or the ISP, the previous day’s backup can be restored with disk-drive efficiency, ready to run on local computers.

The AccuVault also provides deduplication to save storage capacity and shrink the time needed for backup. The US Department of Defense (DoD) and other public sector organizations have embraced RDX technology as a successor to the obsolete optical disk drive format. RDX is finding use cases in Media and Entertainment, as well as other ‘big data’ applications like Oil and Gas, where its robust form factor enables large capacity field data collection and its longevity is highly valued.

Storage Swiss Take

Bandwidth costs, uptime uncertainty and the large data sets that even small companies are generating can make depending on a cloud service provider an unacceptable risk. Appliances like the Tandberg AccuVault with RDX, can provide the simple certainty of a local backup, with cost effective DR protection and realistic restore performance. RDX is an enabling technology which may make the cloud a viable solution for many SMB users.

Eric Slack, Senior Analyst

Briefing Note

Tandberg is not a client of Storage Switzerland