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Gen 8 Unitrends appliances span SMB to enterprise

Unitrends upgraded and expanded its flagship Recovery Series data protection appliances, increasing disk density and adding options to help support customers ranging from SMBs to enterprises.

The new Gen 8 Unitrends appliances run Unitrends Backup version 10.2, the company’s latest backup software. The appliances also have a “self-healing storage” feature, which uses cloud-based analytics to monitor and automatically fix hardware anomalies before they turn into full-blown failures. If necessary, the appliance will notify the customer and automatically open a support ticket.

Unitrends’ new line of backup appliances features a wider range of models than the previous Recovery Series generation launched in October 2016. The Gen 8 platform includes 15 models, ranging from 2 TB to 120 TB usable capacity, although Unitrends dropped its 180 TB model in Gen 8. Gen 8 Unitrends appliances have added 12 TB capacity drives.

The new models include six 1U appliances for SMB and remote offices, two 1U and three 2U midsize appliances, and four 2U enterprise systems.

Joe Noonan, vice president of product management and marketing at Unitrends, explained that the previous appliance storage sizes weren’t fitting all the needs of the broad market Unitrends plays in.

By having such a broad market to go after, we needed to make it as easy as possible to buy and fit the budget needs of our end users.
Joe Noonanvice president of product management and marketing, Unitrends

“Unitrends does play in the enterprise, we play in the midmarket, and we even have some play in the SMB space,” Noonan said. “By having such a broad market to go after, we needed to make it as easy as possible to buy and fit the budget needs of our end users.”

Pricing for the new Unitrends appliances ranges from $2,749 for the 2 TB 8002 model to $97,999 for the 120 TB 8120S with Enterprise Plus software. Noonan said the price per useable TB had gone up 10% over the previous models. However, he said greater choice can reduce the cost for some midrange customers “because we filled in those gaps so that there was a better model to meet their needs and they didn’t have to buy something too big.”

Unitrends appliance
Latest Unitrends Recovery Series appliances include 12 TB drives for greater density.

Unitrends recently merged with Kaseya, but Noonan pointed out that Unitrends remains independent. “We maintained our management structure, we maintained our CEO; our channel remains the same,” he said.

Unitrends sells backup software separately or integrated on appliances. Its product portfolio also includes VMware Backup Essentials virtual backup appliances and Boomerang for VMware software that replicates to public clouds for disaster recovery.

With pieces on so many playing fields, Unitrends runs into a lot of competition. Noonan sees Barracuda as the biggest backup competitor for Unitrends appliances, but also lists Data Domain, Rubrik and Veeam as hardware or software competitors. He said Unitrends tries to stand out by offering a complete on-premises-to-cloud package. “That combination, being able to fit a very well-priced solution that is very low-maintenance because it’s a full box, you’re not stitching that together yourself, and then offering a wide array of disaster recovery options; we’re able to constantly fill gaps as you go along on that disaster recovery story all the way through to the cloud.”

PC market decline coming to an end

The yearslong PC market decline may finally be over, thanks to increasing acceptance of Windows 10 and more innovation around 2-in-1s.

IT experts have debated the death of PCs for years now, as smartphones and tablets have emerged. But thanks to PC hardware and software improvements, such as faster processors, better battery life, and more lightweight and secure devices, the market is on the verge of a turnaround. The PC market will see 1.6% growth in 2018 and 2019, according to a July report from Gartner.

“Today, PCs are a lot better in terms of performance,” said Matt Kosht, an IT director at a utility company in Alaska. “Even cheap PCs are better at business tasks.”

The PC market declined 4.3% from the second quarter of 2016 to the same period this year, Gartner said. Growth in the mobile market could be to blame.

“Since the only device that people could buy six or seven years ago was PCs, that’s all they purchased,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. “Now, we … buy multiple devices.”

But the shift from PCs to other devices is occurring mostly among consumers and not in business, Atwal said. Business users will need to upgrade to newer PCs with more power and efficiency, thereby slowing down and eventually reversing the market decline, he added.

“On the business side, most users still have a PC as a main computing device,” he said. “Over the years, companies held onto their PCs, which is why there was a decline in shipments. But what we are seeing now is that they are trying to replace the PCs [with new ones].”  

Kosht agreed.

“I don’t think PCs are going away, not by a long shot,” he said.

Projected growth in worldwide PC market shipments

Windows 10 plays major role in PC uptick

On the business side, most users still have a PC as a main computing device.
Ranjit Atwalresearch director at Gartner

Microsoft has been successful with infusing the market with much-needed innovation in Windows 10. Although most organizations still use Windows 7, this phase is nearing an end, especially because Microsoft will no longer support that operating system after January 2020. When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015, many organizations chose to stick with Windows 7 because 2020 was still a long time away. That is no longer the case.

The fact that Windows 10 offers newer hardware and improved security is another reason why the PC market decline will see a slowdown.

“Windows 10 came at the right time,” Atwal said. “Organizations are … focused on power, they are focused on mobility, they are focused on security, and a lot of those elements are incorporated in Windows 10. They can’t stay with Windows 7 because it doesn’t have that sort of productivity.”

Ultramobiles contribute to PC market growth

Gartner’s PC market data and projections included the Apple MacBook Air, Microsoft Surface Pro and 2-in-1 devices, such as Lenovo’s Yoga tablets — a category it refers to as “premium ultramobiles.”

The innovation in 2-in-1s and the other premium ultramobiles has injected the overall PC market with new life. These devices allow for faster processing power and better hardware, despite their light weight, making them popular among both consumers and businesses.

Two-in-one devices and other premium ultramobiles allow employees to do everything that a traditional work PC does in a more user-friendly format, said Melanie Seekins, chair of the Credentialed Mobile Device Security Professionals organization.

“A Surface … gives the best of both worlds,” Seekins said. “It gives you everything you love or enjoy about Microsoft and adds the touch and feel of a regular tablet, so now you can write on the screen or pull out your keyboard if you wanted.”