Sepaton Intros Multi-Node Virtual Tape Libraries


Sepaton has added the ability to scale its virtual tape libraries beyond a single node and enhanced the remote replication and data deduplication capabilities of its data protection software.

Sepaton on Monday introduced the S2100-MS2, a new version of its virtual tape library (VTL) that now allows customers to scale up to six nodes compared to its existing models which did not allow multiple nodes.

Multi-node scalability has become a customer requirement in order to make it easier to upgrade capacity in a non-disruptive manner, said Jay Kramer, vice president of worldwide marketing for the Marlborough, Mass.-based storage vendor.

In response, Sepaton repacked its existing VTLs with the ability to scale to either two nodes and 160 TBs or six nodes and over 1 petabyte while allowing deduplication of data on a global basis across all the nodes, Kramer said.

He compared that to Seaton's main competitor, Data Doman, which was acquired by EMC last July.

"Data Domain has a single node only, and no global dedupe," Kramer said. "Our message to VARs is, we provide affordable, scalable multimode data protection."

The multi-node capability is also available to customers with existing Sepaton arrays in order to protect their previous investment in the line, Kramer said.

Sepaton also introduced new versions of its DeltaStor data dedupe software and DeltaRemote remote replication software.

Both now support EMC's Networker data protection software and have increased support for structured data, Kramer said.

DeltaStor now includes the ability to halve the total amount of required data storage capacity compared to earlier versions, which gives DeltaRemote twice the performance over the previous version, he said.

Sepaton currently has over 2,000 customers worldwide which have over 200 petabytes of the company's VTL capacity installed, making it the second-largest VTL vendor after Data Domain, Kramer said.