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Imation Commits to RDX Removable Hard Disk Format

Imation Corp. and ProStor Systems announced Imation has extended its RDX license agreement with ProStor Systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Imation will have a license to manufacture, market and sell RDX removable hard disk systems through 2020. Further underscoring the company’s commitment, Imation also announced that it has invested $5 million to help advance ProStor’s technology.

According to the statement, RDX is an alternative to tape that includes a high-capacity, rugged, and removable 2.5-inch hard disk drive cartridge and a docking station with USB and SATA connections. RDX removable hard disk drive cartridges offer complete data protection with easy and reliable backup, data security, and expandable storage, and are available in 160GB, 320GB, 500GB, and 640GB capacities. The docking station and cartridges are fully forward and backward compatible. Imation’s RDX system combines robust RDX technology with award-winning software to make protecting data even easier. The software installs in minutes and delivers fast backups, accurate restores, and file disaster recovery with minimal manual effort or expertise. It also features government certified 256-bit AES encryption, ensuring that sensitive data remains secure.

ProStor InfiniVault provides a data management and retention storage system that integrates RDX removable disk technology to provide online, offline, and offsite storage of data and images. ProStor InfiniVault’s included software is able to ensure the authenticity and immutability of data while indexing, compressing, encrypting, and de-duplicating files to offer customers simplified compliance, disaster protection, and eDiscovery of data at the lowest possible cost.

“Removable hard disk storage, which addresses the need for cost-effective, scalable storage for small and medium businesses, is a fast-growing and important segment of the data storage market. The RDX system is clearly the industry standard for removable hard disk storage,” said Subodh Kulkarni, chief technology officer and senior vice president of the global commercial business for Imation. “Through our extended licensing agreement with ProStor Systems, we are demonstrating our commitment to the RDX solution, and to our customers worldwide who want the combined benefits of disk and tape that RDX offers. We are enthusiastic about ProStor Systems’ roadmap for RDX, and are investing in the technology to help drive the development of new RDX offerings for our customers.”

“RDX momentum continues to grow, and Imation’s long-term investment in this format is another significant milestone in the industry’s adoption of RDX,” said Frank Harbist, president and chief executive officer, ProStor Systems. “Leading OEMs like Dell, IBM, and HP have provided RDX-based solutions to more than 200,000 customers worldwide and that number is growing. A company like Imation, with deep technology strength based on more than 50 years in the data storage industry and extensive global distribution reach, is an excellent partner for both ProStor RDX and InfiniVault. We look forward to continuing to work with Imation to deliver the next generations of our RDX technology roadmap as well as other storage solutions.”

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