Pinnacle Micro has announced the general availability of Tandberg's RDX QuikStor 160 Gb Cartridge, a higher capacity removable cartridge for its disk-based storage device for data backup and archival, aimed at small and mid-sized businesses and professional power users.

With the introduction of higher capacity cartridges, customers will benefit from a lower cost per Gigabyte.
Jean-Pierre Fourie, brand manager at Pinnacle Micro, says that since its introduction in late 2006, the RDX QuikStor has experienced strong market acceptance. Global OEMs, system integrators and resellers have tested the product and integrated it into their systems. At the TechWorld Awards in June 2007, the RDX was voted the "Tape/Backup Product of the Year", and earlier in the same month, the product received the "Disk Product of the Year" award at the annual Storage Awards.
Product reviews in international press have described the product as "an innovative hard disk-based alternative to tape for small-business backup operations" (PC Pro UK, February 07) and "a fast and affordable alternative to tape for small-business server and desktop backup" (Personal Computer World UK, March 07) and gave the product their Recommended Awards.
Fourie says that with the introduction of the 160 GB cartridges, Tandberg Data is delivering on the RDX Roadmap it introduced in 2006.
Following the development of the mobile hard disks, higher capacity cartridges will continue to be introduced. With full backward and forward compatibility, the RDX QuikStor offers users investment protection while providing secure, fast and simple backup and archiving of their data.
RDX QuikStor from Tandberg Data is designed to replace current low-end tape technologies such as Travan, DAT, and AIT, where ease of use and cost are prioritised.  The device delivers all the benefits of tape and disk without the risks inherent in either technology.
Like tape, the RDX QuikStor cartridges are removable and portable for off-site storage, disaster recovery and archival applications.  They can be safely archived for more than a decade and it is an inexpensive backup and recovery solution.  Unlike other low-end tape media that may need to be replaced after 50-100 uses, RDX QuikStor media has been built to endure over 10 years of average use.
Consisting of either a 3,5-inch or 5,25-inch internal drive by connecting to the host either via S-ATA or an external drive bay via USB, the RDX QuikStor has been designed for high reliability.  The cartridge houses a high-capacity mobile 2.5-inch hard disk drive in a reinforced, shock-proof design to protect the hard disk drive even when it is outside the drive case.
As well as offering professional-class reliability, the native 30Mbps transfer rate reduces the traditional backup window from hours to minutes.  For example, it takes the Tandberg RDX QuikStor system less than an hour to backup 80Gb of native data and milliseconds to access files.
RDX QuikStor cartridges range in capacity from 40Gb, 80Gb and 120Gb to 160Gb. They are fully forward and backward compatible without limitation, meaning that future cartridges with ever-increasing capacities and faster data rates will work in legacy systems.