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Apr 21 2010   12:11PM GMT

Sepaton grabs Hitachi Data Systems as its storage provider

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Sepaton today launched its next generation enterprise virtual tape library (VTL) series, built on Hitachi Data Systems storage.

The Sepaton S2100-E2 Series 1900 and 2900 VTLs that will be available in June use the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage (ASM) 2100 system as the underlying storage through a global reseller deal with HDS. This is a different type of relationship Sepaton has with Hewlett-Packard, which sells Sepaton software on its own hardware to make up the HP Virtual Library Systems (VLS) product. In this case, Sepaton is selling HDS hardware integrated with the Sepaton S2100-ES2 VTL appliance, and its DeltaStor data deduplication and DeltaRemote replication software. However, Sepaton VP of worldwide marketing Jay Kramer says the HDS sales force will also sell the new 1900 and 2900 systems.

Sepaton will continue to support its S2100-ES2 1000 series – built on storage from Dot Hill – and the new systems can be used to expand existing customers’ VTLs, but only the 1900 and 2900 systems will be available for new enterprise customers. The 1900 uses 1 TB SATA drives for 12 TB usable capacity per shelf and the 2900 uses 2 TB drives for 24 TB per shelf. The appliances scale to eight nodes and the 2900 can support 1.6 PB.

Pricing starts at $175,000 for 12 TB of storage and a 24 TB system costs $417,600. Those prices include Sepaton’s DeltaStor data deduplication software, which is now bundled on all appliances. Previously, DeltaStor was licensed separately. DeltaRemote replication is still a separate add-on, Kramer said.

Sepaton will continue to use Dot Hill for its midrange S2100-MS2 VTLs.

The industry transition from 4 Gbps to 8 Gbps Fibre Channel was the impetus for Sepaton’s new hardware platform. The new systems are Sepaton’s first to support 8-gig. Sepaton says the systems provide for five-nines of data availability with no single point of failure, and support hot swappable major components, dual-battery backup for cache, and RAID-6 dual parity support. They also include Sepaton’s DeltaView central management suite for monitoring and reporting.

The change in storage suppliers isn’t unusually for Sepaton – the vendor used storage from Apple and LSI before picking Dot Hill for its previous generation. But HDS gives Sepaton more than a hardware platform. Sepaton executives are counting on a sales boost as well from the HDS sales force, especially since HDS doesn’t have its own deduplication product. It resold Diligent ProtectTier VTL software with deduplication and Data Domain’s deduplication appliances, but that was before IBM bought Diligent and EMC acquired Data Domain.

“A major player of HDS’ standing is now a partner to us,” Kramer said. “We think this will make us a significant presence the marketplace.”

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