At the first Dell Storage Forum in Europe, held in London this week, the Texas firm has announced the DR4000, a disk-to-disk data deduplication backup appliance. The DR4000 is aimed at the SMB and branch office market segment. Customers can purchase the DR4000 with 3.6 TB raw (2.7 TB after RAID), 7.2 TB raw (5.4 TB post-RAID) or 12 TB raw (9 TB post-RAID). It features inline deduplication and compression that result from Dell’s acquisition of Ocarina, plus deduplicated replication. Dell is claiming dedupe ratios of up to 15 times.
Dell also announced an upgrade to the Compellent OS, Storage Center, which will now move to Version 6.0. The upgraded controller OS will be 64-bit and will feature greater integration with VMware’s vStorage APIs for Array Integration, support for Site Recovery Manager 5 and vSphere storage management plug-ins. The 64-bit architecture will allow up to 16 exabytes of addressable storage.