Ardis DDP Ethernet SAN and P5
Posted by Andre Kuehnemund, Last modified by Andre Kuehnemund on 21 May 2021 23:38

Every DDP device sold by Ardis ( comes preinstalled with the P5 software, incl. a free P5 Backup license to a standalone tape drive. There are several way of how P5 can be used with a DDP.



The DDP can be setup as a P5 server. Using a SAS controller card, a standalone tape drive can be attached directly to the DDP. This setup allows for the data stored on the DDP to be backed up to a standalone tape drive. In order to utilize a tape library, a P5 media changer license can be purchased. In order to backup other servers via the P5 server running on the DDP, additional P5 client licenses can be purchased.


The DDP can be setup as a P5 client. This option should appeal to customers who already have a P5 server installed on their network. The DDP would then be configured as a P5 client on the P5 server. Its contents could then be backed up to storage devices attached to the P5 server. The P5 Backup license that came with the DDP could be transferred to the P5 server, if necessary. One advantage of this setup is that it limits the load on the DDP server. The DDP server would simply be a backup/archive/sync client. The external P5 server would handle most of the load.


The DDP volume(s) can be mounted on the external P5 server via iSCSI. This would allow for the data stored on those DDP volumes to be backed up, archived or synchronized as if it was located on a locally mounted volume on the P5 server. Windows an Linux operating systems include the required iSCSI initiator software. The DDP software package includes the iSCSI initiator software for Macs.


NOT RECOMMENDED: DDP volumes can be shared and mounted via SMB. However, due to the inherent latency, this method is not recommended for backups, archives or syncs. Use one of the methods listed above instead.


P5 Synchronize can be used to mirror DDP volumes from one DDP to another. A P5 Synchronize license is required (a separate purchase).


For an upgrade to a P5 Archive license please contact your local Archiware reseller.



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