Perhaps the biggest challenge, according to Quantum, is the duplicated or redundant data found in both VMs and most backup applications that store this data many times over, consuming storage and server resources, extending backup and recovery windows, and consuming more network bandwidth than it should.
Finding the time and resources to do backup and recovery in a virtual server environment, which tend to be 24/7 operations, is an additional challenge. And when you throw in the problem of protecting remote sites and having to deliver disaster recovery across locations, IT departments are struggling to keep their heads above water.
Quantum is betting that the solution will be a combination of its DXi appliances and the technology gained from Pancetera.
Companies like Veeam, Quest, and PHD Technologies have already made a name for themselves in the industry by attacking the virtualization backup and recovery problem with purpose-built offerings. Now that Quantum has more of the pieces it needs to complete the puzzle, it not only has to create the right solution, it also has to make enough noise to be perceived as a major player in the virtualization market.
But this acquisition isn't just about gaining new technology; Quantum is also adding valuable virtualization and storage management expertise to its team. Most of the Pancetera employees are joining the company, including its co-founders Mitch Haile (CTO and vice president of product management) and Greg Wade (vice president of engineering), as well as CEO Henrik Rosendahl. These three senior leaders bring with them broad industry experience, having served at companies such as VMware, Data Domain, and Legato Systems.
Quantum said its DXi disk backup and deduplication products are already compatible with Pancetera technology, so there shouldn't be any integration issues or major surprises; the company should be able to bring its solution to market very quickly. Thinking longer-term, Quantum said it will continue to integrate the acquired technologies into its existing roadmaps for both DXi and its StorNext file sharing and archive offerings.
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