SOURCE: Diligent Technologies Corporation

March 24, 2008 09:00 ET

Magnum Semiconductor Chooses Quatrio's PIVOT 300 Appliance Powered by Diligent Technologies' ProtecTIER

Diligent, Quatrio Partnership Provides Magnum With High-Performance, Backup Appliance Featuring Diligent's Flagship De-Duplication Platform

FRAMINGHAM, MA and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - Diligent Technologies Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise-class de-duplication and data protection solutions, and Quatrio, the industry leader in high performance information systems, today announced that Magnum Semiconductor has installed Quatrio's PIVOT 300 backup-to-disk solution equipped with ProtecTIER™, Diligent's industry-leading inline de-duplication solution. Magnum, a leading provider of chips, software, and platforms for consumer entertainment systems, is the first mutual customer that has resulted from the newly formed Diligent/Quatrio partnership.

As a rapidly growing company, Magnum had outgrown its tape-based backup solution. With most of the files created by designers doing simulation and verification, the company had nearly 5 million different files per terabyte of storage. Magnum turned to Intellistore, one of the company's preferred technology solutions providers, to provide a solution that would address its current backup needs of 20 TB per week and have the ability to scale in order to handle Magnum's expected annual growth rate of 50 percent. Intellistore assembled and installed a Virtual Tape Library (VTL)/de-duplication appliance featuring its Quatrio PIVOT 300 server and storage offering and Diligent's ProtecTIER Enterprise solution, powered by HyperFactor™, the industry leading inline de-duplication technology. The appliance was deployed as the storage backend for Symantec's NetBackup 6.5 Enterprise to protect Magnum's heterogeneous data environment.

"Conducting a full backup with our previous solution took a great deal of time. It wasn't practical anymore," said John Wunder, director of IT, Magnum Semiconductor. "Since we installed the Quatrio/Diligent VTL appliance, we have reduced the time it takes to do a full backup by almost 80 percent. Individual client backup jobs now write to dedicated virtual tape drives rather than queue up for limited physical tape drives. In a word, backups at Magnum have become uneventful."

After evaluating the cost to implement a new tape-based solution to keep up with its growing data storage requirements, Magnum Semiconductor estimates that it saved almost $300K by choosing the Quatrio/Diligent solution. In addition, the amount of space, power and cooling needed was far less.

As a software data de-duplication solution, Diligent's ProtecTIER offered the flexibility Quatrio required to seamlessly integrate into its PIVOT family of data protection appliances. Quatrio's PIVOT 300 model best matched the requirements of Magnum's environment. Key features of the PIVOT 300 include a RAID capacity of 2 TB to 12 TB with average throughput of 1 TB/hour, enabling reliable data protection, quick deployment, and simple administration to meet the most aggressive backup windows. The PIVOT 300 appliance has a 48x smaller footprint on average and reduces energy consumption and lowers total cost of ownership.

"We looked at a number of de-duplication vendors and their offerings, including hardware and software, and we determined that Diligent has the best, most scalable and cost-effective architecture to implement and was the only true enterprise player in the space. It's a very elegant solution," said David Chin, VP of Business Development of Quatrio. "In addition, many VTL solutions are oriented toward SAN environments and it is no secret that many businesses use a mixture of NAS boxes from an assortment of vendors. The Diligent solution is proven to work beautifully with NAS or SAN, or a combination of both. It's suitable for all of our customers, from the enterprise down to the midrange."

The Quatrio PIVOT family of data protection appliances appears to existing backup infrastructure as industry standard tape devices and media. It utilizes the highest quality, fully redundant components that can be replaced without interruption to service. Data can be replicated from PIVOT to PIVOT over long distances, without the need for expensive bandwidth. PIVOT is a reliable, virtual technology that reduces costs by reducing the need for human intervention.

"This is another indication of ProtecTIER's flexibility in terms of choices of underlying hardware; as well as its applicability for midrange and high-end enterprise environments. End-users benefit from the most scalable, inline de-duplication product on the market," said Doron Kempel, Chairman and CEO of Diligent Technologies. "We're excited about our reseller agreement with Quatrio and we're pleased to be meeting the backup needs of an emerging company like Magnum Semiconductor."

Diligent and Quatrio have entered into a global reseller agreement allowing Quatrio PIVOT products, branded by Intellistore, to be integrated with ProtecTIER. Intellistore will also resell the ProtecTIER suite of solutions independent of Quatrio products.

About Diligent Technologies Corporation

Diligent delivers scalable, proven, enterprise-class disk-based data protection solutions. Diligent's ProtecTIER™ platform, powered by HyperFactor™, a game-changing inline data de-duplication technology, enables customers to protect more data while recording less of it, all without disrupting existing policies, practices and procedures in their data center. Diligent's solutions and professional services are available through its reseller and partner channels along with sales, service and R&D support located worldwide. Information on Diligent Technologies is available on the World Wide Web at, tel: +1-508.663.1300 or e-mail:

About Quatrio

Quatrio builds beautifully engineered computing and storage systems that deliver outstanding reliability at extremely competitive pricing. Quatrio achieves this remarkable goal by using only the highest quality, proven components and then customizing systems to deliver exactly the performance customers need. Quatrio systems are installed in a wide range of environments, but are particularly suited to the demands of intensive computing and graphics applications. Quatrio also provides 24 hour access to senior support staff making them a preferred solution for mission critical tasks. Visit for more information. Telephone 1.650. 988.3850. Email

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