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QStar and Tandberg Data Create First Open Archive for RDX® Technology

Providing Active Data Archiving and Offsite Disaster Protection when archiving to RDX Technology for SMB/SME

Mary Esther, Florida — October 12, 2011 — QStar Technologies, Inc., a global leader in enterprise class archive and data management software, and Tandberg Data, a global supplier of data protection solutions, announced today a combined solution to provide SMBs and SMEs with a flexible open platform delivering active data archive management  and removable disk offsite disaster protection. The solution combines QStar’s HSM open platform archive management software with the Tandberg Data RDX® QuikStation™, an iSCSI-attached, removable disk library designed to provide a multi-cartridge platform for short-, medium-, or long-term archiving.

QStar HSM Archive Management software provides a flexible open interface that helps to make the Tandberg Data RDX QuikStation an obvious archive solution for SMBs  through SMEs and is particularly well suited for businesses that rely on small IT departments and limited budgets. It can be easily installed on servers using a range of operating systems including Windows, Linux, UNIX and Mac. Using the RDX QuikStation LTO library emulation mode, QStar allows multiple RDX cartridges to be seen as a single share (drive letter) or mount point. Using non-proprietary operating system search engines, users can actively search and retrieve archived files.  All metadata is retained on a disk cache within the chosen server platform, so even files on an RDX cartridge that have been removed from the RDX QuikStation can be found.  Once an offline file is accessed, an email notification is automatically sent to the administrator to request the media be returned to the RDX QuikStation.

“Archives need to cope with the constant growth of data. With the use of QStar software, an unlimited capacity can be incrementally created, simplifying the management of the archive,” said Dave Thomson, senior vice president of sales and marketing for QStar Technologies. “QStar can support up to 256 8-dock RDX QuikStation units within a single archive, equivalent to over 2,000 online cartridges, as well as support an infinite number of offline cartridges.”

“A key advantage of using RDX technology for archiving is its ability to future proof the storage platform,” said Marije Gould, vice president of marketing at Tandberg Data. “All past and future RDX cartridges are supported within the RDX QuikStation, allowing customers to choose the cartridge capacity they require today and add capacity as needed, without costly and time-consuming drive or platform upgrades.”

Gould continued, “With over 200PB of RDX cartridges sold, RDX technology is accepted as the market leader in removable hard disks and lends itself extremely well to archiving, with RDX cartridges boasting a lifespan in excess of 10 years. It offers the speed of disk with the portability of tape. With the support of QStar HSM software the RDX QuikStation is positioned to dominate the small–to-medium archive markets.”

A combined archive solution consisting of Tandberg Data’s RDX QuikStation and QStar’s HSM offers:

  • Actively accessible archived data
  • High performance and low-cost archive
  • Choice of server platform – Windows, Linux, UNIX or Mac
  • Capacity flexibility – multiple 8-dock units supported
  • Removability – online and offline RDX media
  • Retention management to meet internal compliance requirements
  • Secure offsite copy for disaster protection
  • Optional encryption and replication
  • Optional policy-based tiered storage that pushes data to RDX from RAID


QStar HSM Archive Management software and the Tandberg Data RDX QuikStation are available immediately. Please contact QStar or Tandberg Data directly, or authorized value-added resellers for more information and pricing.  

About QStar Technologies
QStar Technologies is a leading provider of enterprise-class archive, data management and disaster prevention software and solutions. QStar offers a complete archive and data management platform that is operating system and storage hardware independent. The world’s leading companies rely on QStar for secure, cost effective and reliable storage protection of their valuable digital assets. www.qstar.com

About Tandberg Data
Tandberg Data is a leading global supplier of data protection solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.  The company’s wide range of cost-effective storage products and services provides customers with best-in-class tape, disk, removable disk and software solutions for backup, archiving and disaster recovery.  These solutions are marketed through a global channel of qualified resellers, distributors and major server OEMs.  An extensive service and support network undergirds all Tandberg Data products worldwide.  For further information, please visit:  http://www.tandbergdata.com


Media Contact:

QStar Technologies

Linda Thomson, Global Marketing Director




Tandberg Data

Susan Merriman, Global Marketing Manager




Tandberg Data, the Tandberg Data logo and RDX are registered trademarks of Tandberg Data.  RDX QuikStation is a trademark of Tandberg Data. QStar and the QStar Technologies logo are registered trademarks of QStar Technologies. All rights reserved worldwide.

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