updated 03:45 pm EDT, Mon August 26, 2013
One model with Intel Atom, second model with Xeon and SSD
Storage company Western Digital today announced two compact backup appliances: the WD Arkeia DA1300 and DA2300, both devices offering small- and medium-sized businesses all-in-one backup and disaster recovery solutions. The new WD Arkeia DA1300 and DA2300 backup appliances integrate the Intel Atom dual-core processor and the Intel Xeon processors, respectively, with the DA2300 model using SSD media.
The new cube designs for both models measure 8.1"x6.3"x8.8" and are among the smallest in the industry. The entry-level DA1300 features WD Red NAS hard drives for more affordable NAS storage. The DA2300 features enterprise-class WD Se hard drives for maximum data integrity. Raw storage capacity ranges from 4TB to 8TB for the DA1300 and 8TB to 16TB for the DA2300. Both appliances are field upgradable, and disks are configured in RAID-1.
Both the DA1300 and DA2300 are preloaded with version 10.1 of WD Arkeia software, which includes a wizard to streamline the appliance setup process. The software extends support for hybrid cloud backup capabilities to the full line of WD Arkeia appliances. "Seed and feed" capabilities allow administrators to supplement network replication of backup sets offsite by using USB-connected hard drives to transfer initial and large backup sets and also to size WAN bandwidth for the replication of nightly incremental backups.
The WD Arkeia DA1300 will be available in late September, and the DA2300 model will be available later in the fall. The 4TB DA1300 model starts at $3,490. Pricing for the DA2300 has yet to be revealed.