Performance and Durability of HP-Branded RDX Disk Technology Compared With Tape-Based Backup Formats

As organizations enter into the E-business world, new time-critical applications, super fast servers and complex architectures are being deployed to improve the business performance. IT administrators have to meet the rigorous demands of these systems along with the higher expectations of customers and stake holders. The most important aspect in smooth business continuity is uninterrupted data transfer within the organizations and through web interface as well. Backup your databases before virus or hard drive failure wipes out the vital corporate data.

HP Hewlett-Packard no doubt is the market leading brand offering customers the most compelling in-expensive backup solutions. Majority of the organizations prefer tape-based system as it is more durable, allows offsite storage and has longer working life. But on other hand, disk storage systems allow fastest data recovery through their random access feature. HP’s intelligent RDX disk cartridge has combined both these leading backup formats. The excellent media capacity offering of 160GB to 1TB meets the various budget and performance needs at a superior value.

Just like the tape cartridge, HP RDX cartridge is portable and a strong medium that withstands bumps and accurately performs data restore and backup tasks under increased workloads. Working life of 5000 load/unload cycles is also the highest amongst disk storage formats. That is why RDX technology is now being widely used for desktop and enterprise servers. Tape drives write data at a fast rate and this reliable RDX solution matches the performance of tape system with its remarkable 108GB/hr data throughput speed.

Q2044A is the latest RDX disk in HP portfolio that houses 1.0 terabyte data, and is also the most compact cartridge. Data files can be reliably extracted from this durable cartridge within seconds as the dock station can randomly access the data. Tape drives can be easily installed in a variety of space-constrained IT centers. This is also possible with the HP RDX format, which facilitates the IT staff with USB connectivity and flexible integrations. Users will only have to connect the dock station to the host system’s USB port. This is as simple as operating a removable flash drive. Select the data files and drag them onto the RDX disk’s drive letter.

Now we look at the backward media compatibility of dock stations and tape drives. RDX system is the winner as it can operate all RDX disks including those that are not released yet. No other solution offers more cost-effective scalability than RDX. The uses will only have to purchase disk cartridges and continue the usage of their existing dock stations. This will reduce ownership cost and also save time, space, complexity and money.

Dock stations are robustly engineered for longer useful life (10000 load/unload cycles). Performance of RDX disks is not affected even if they are exposed to harsh environmental conditions, ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) or slip out of your hand and drop onto the floor. This has been proved through rigorous one-meter drop tests. HP RDX is a complete backup solution that lasts longer and delivers the excellent performance of a tape media system.

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