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Imation Plans and updates for Expanded RDX Storage Portfolio

RDX A8 eight-cartridge storage device

Update April 12, 2011

RDXWorks and Imation have had premilinary discussions as to the availability and worldwide release of the Imation RDX A8 device, we are looking at select test units late Q2 and full availability early Q3.  A firm timetable has not been set yet regarding USB 3.0 docking stations and we will update as we know more.

Imation's robust roadmap for its high-performance RDX removable hard disk drive systems, new cost-effective, easy-to-implement solutions based on the industry standard RDX storage platform.  Helping SMB's store, protect and connect their critical business data. 

Several key new additions for 2011 ideal for backup, DR and secure and efficient use of cloud storage applications are as follows:

The RDX “A8” multi-cartridge storage device, a network-attached device that holds up to eight RDX cartridges of interchangeable capacities. This new autoloader-like device offers iSCSi network connectivity; up to 8 terabytes of native capacity storage using eight 1TB cartridges; table-top or 2U high rackmount configuration; remote management interface; and enterprise-class throughput.

USB 3.0 interface for single cartridge internal and external RDX docking stations, with HDD-drive data transfer rates up to 3-4 times faster than USB 2.0 when performing data backup and restore.

Imation also plans additional 2011 RDX roadmap investments in the areas of increased cartridge capacities, enhanced cloud storage applications, scalable and efficient storage, and government-grade (FIPS) security features.

With a lower total cost of ownership compared to entry-level tape-based systems, RDX's forward and backward compatibility, interface flexibility, and high performance, the versatility of an RDX system helps SMB customers establish a data storage and protection strategy that can keep pace with capacity growth demands. It also helps protect valuable business information and meet important legal requirements.

The Imation RDX system is designed specifically to help small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to store, protect, and connect their data through the following applications:

STORE — Storage and Backup: RDX makes data storage and backup easier, faster, and more reliable, giving SMBs access to enterprise-class data storage and backup feature.

PROTECT — Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity: RDX provides a cost-effective, easy-to-implement, scalable solution for SMBs to secure and protect their information in the event of a disaster.

CONNECT – Enabling Cloud Storage: RDX provides and efficient and secure tool that enables SMBs to seed initial data to the cloud, and accelerate data recovery should a need arise to restore data.

RDX System Basics
The RDX system combines the best of hard disk, including random-access performance, high reliability, and rapid capacity growth, with the backup and portability benefits of tape, all in a ruggedized removable cartridge In addition to the new A8 multi-cartridge device and new USB 3.0 docking stations, existing Imation RDX offerings include the RDX docking station with USB and SATA connections, cartridges available in 160GB, 320GB, 500GB, 640GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities, and Retrospect software featuring government-certified 256-bit AES encryption.