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Oct 4 2011   2:01PM GMT

Tandberg Data adds supported storage types to removable disk library appliance with firmware upgrade

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Tandberg Data announced this week that its RDX QuikStation removable disk library will emulate 10 configurable storage types after users install a new firmware upgrade.

The QuikStation provides transfer rates of up to 720 GB per hour using up to eight 1TB hard disk drives or 512GB SSDs in removable cartridges.

The firmware upgrade offers GUI improvements, allows cartridge cloning for off-site copies and adds 200MB per second network speeds with dual GbE ports for failover and performance.

The appliance has multiple configuration options, including as eight iSCSI disk or RDX QuikStor targets, can emulate the StorageLibrary models T24 and T40+, or emulate an LTO or RDX autoloader.

(The company brands the QuikStation as the “Swiss Army Knife of Data Protection,” which is frankly a tall claim, given the legacy of the ubiquitous all-in-one knife.)

The QuikStation is available for $3,999, with the cartridges sold separately.

This isn’t the only SMB-focused removable disk news we’ve seen lately. Last month, Addonics Technologies Inc., announced a disk array that can accommodate 2.5 and 3.5-inch SATA drives and Imation Corp. announced a USB 3.0 docking station.

Still, we’re wondering about the relevance of removable disk in today’s market. Are you using removable disk today? Let us know in the comments section below.

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