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Named ShadowXafe and OneXafe, the new solutions feature a consolidated management interface that automatically configures SLA-based backup schemes for virtual and physical machines. By Rich Freeman

Like ShadowXafe, OneXafe utilizes the OneSystem management interface. According to StorageCraft, it can recover terabyte-scaled virtual machines in under a second.

At launch, users will have three OneXafe SKUs to choose from: the all-flash OneXafe 5410, which is optimized for server virtualization, VDI, and other high-performance use cases, and the slower but more affordable OneXafe 4412 and 4417, which are designed for use as unstructured data archives and video storehouses. StorageCraft will add further OneXafe SKUs within roughly the next six months.

Pricing on the OneXafe 5410 starts under $30,000. The OneXafe 4412 and 4417 list at $14,000 and up. According to Subramanian, those prices are a fit for the platform’s target market.

“We are designed for the midsize enterprise and we are priced for the midsize enterprise,” he says.

Buyers must pay for OneXafe hardware upfront, but can buy the other elements of the product either on a subscription basis or via perpetual licensing. ShadowXafe offers subscription-based and perpetual licensing as well.

Going forward, according to Subramanian, StorageCraft will position ShadowXafe as the platform of choice for businesses at the smaller end of the SMB scale and encourage larger SMBs to buy OneXafe.

“If a company has somewhere between tens to hundreds of VMs and machines that need to be protected, ShadowXafe is an ideal solution,” he says. “For the midsize enterprise that typically goes from the high hundreds of VMs to thousands of VMs, OneXafe is the ideal solution.”

OneXafe is but the latest StorageCraft solution to utilize OneBlox arrays. A scale-out video storage solution for law enforcement agencies debuted in March and a similar offering for education customers arrived last month.

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