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WD Introduces Newest Generation of Network Backup Appliances

Earlier this year, WD, a Western Digital company, introduced the fourth generation of its WD Arkeia network backup appliance. The WD Arkeia line of network backup appliances provides an all-in-one backup and recovery solution for small and medium sized businesses.

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Earlier this year, WD, a Western Digital company, introduced the fourth generation of its WD Arkeia network backup appliance. The WD Arkeia line of network backup appliances provides an all-in-one backup and recovery solution for small and medium sized businesses.

The new generation of WD Arkeia appliances includes four models. Each model is rack-mountable, includes increased internal disk capacity, more memory, and increased processor speed. The WD Arkeia also includes integrated SSDs that aim to decrease backup time and increase disaster recovery. The included software bundle is included to support "seed and feed" technology designed to support hybrid cloud backups.

WD Arkeia Performance

The new generation of WD Arkeia network backup appliances is a significant increase in top-end performance while also including cost-effective solutions on the low-end.

The WD Arkeia R120s and R220s are available with dual-core Atom processors or quad-core Xeon processor, respectively. Each include optional LTO4 tape drives and include disk capabilities ranging from 2TB to 12TB. This higher storage capacity is nearly double that of the third generation with maximum capacity nearing 48 TB when configured in RAID-6.

Other included benefits of the new generation of WD Arkeia network backup appliances are increased backup and recovery speed, integrated LTO5 tape drives, processors upgradeable to a maximum of 2 hex-core Intel Xeons, integrated SSDs (on some models), and expandable memory of up to 96 GB.

Pricing and Availability

According to the WD press release, WD Arkeia fourth generation network backup appliances, the models RA4300, RA4300T, RA5300, and RA6300, became available in July 2013 through specific authorized resellers in the USA, Canada, and Europe.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price will begin at $9,990 USD and includes all associated hardware and bundled software.

The WD Arkeia network backup appliances will include a standard one year of technical support, one year of included software updates, and a one-year limited hardware warranty.

At the time this article was written, the WD Arkeia RA4300's pricing was listed at $12,452.99 USD by a popular technology reseller.

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