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Protect Business-Critical Data with the SPHiNX™ Virtual Tape System


When disaster strikes, every second without available data is a second too long. Crossroads’ virtual tape system (VTS), SPHiNX, offers complete data protection and rapid disaster recovery to help you meet your backup window and recovery objectives, save money, and reduce risk.

  • Minimizes or eliminates physical tape backup
  • Reduces risk of data loss and mechanical errors
  • Automates recovery for rapid data restores
  • Simplifies data protection and disaster recovery
  • Consolidates multiple host servers to one backup destination

SPHiNX is a virtual tape solution that provides complete data protection, consolidates backups, and streamlines disaster recovery – an essential part of every IT strategy. A disk-based appliance, SPHiNX functions as a virtual tape library or drive that integrates easily with existing infrastructure components to help you improve backup performance and network availability.

SPHiNX enables faster backups and streamlined disaster recovery to reduce the cost and complexity of data protection.

SPHiNX seamlessly integrates with existing backup applications and is designed to serve environments such as:

  • IBM i
  • AIX
  • UNIX


  • Linux
  • Windows
  • Unisys MCP ClearPath


Shrink backup windows with automation and consolidation


Backups that stretch past their allotted window and threaten network availability pose a serious problem for SMBs and enterprises alike. SPHiNX helps you get a handle on lengthy backups by automating and consolidating processes for writing data to virtual tape and then physical tape outside of tight and stringent backup windows. You can consolidate backups from multiple hosts or operating systems to one destination, instead of having a dedicated physical library for each host.

Reduce or eliminate physical tape from backup

SPHiNX enables you to minimize physical tape needed for backup, reducing strain on physical drives and media. SPHiNX can be configured to backup data to virtual tape cartridges, for data reduction and secure encryption.

If a physical tape copy is needed, SPHiNX transparently writes data to tape. This process can be automated during idle times outside of the normal backup window to ensure resources are used efficiently and not overburdened.


Less physical tape means a reduced environmental footprint with fewer machines and resources needed. Instead of multiple drives per physical library partition or device, you have a single appliance that connects transparently to multiple hosts and tape devices.

Minimize risk and control media cost

Physical media doesn’t last forever. With SPHiNX, you can extend the life of your physical media. By virtualizing your backups, you minimize the physical wear and tear on tapes, drives and other resources. You improve backup and restore success rates by eliminating associated drive, media and physical handling errors.

Accelerate disaster recovery with WAN-optimized asynchronous replication

Get your data when and where you need it with SPHiNX replication. Two or more SPHiNX systems can be deployed at remote sites to enable a powerful, fast, and transparent disaster recovery plan. SPHiNX ensures secure protection of data during replication with AES-256 encryption and key management.

When data is recalled, SPHiNX automatically restores data to the host device; no manual involvement is required. SPHiNX removes the uncertainty of data availability and helps you meet demanding service level agreements (SLAs) and compliance standards.

Scale to meet business growth


High-performance computing, real-time operations and datacenter consolidation create pressure for IT to protect more and more data every year. SPHiNX scales easily with the ability to connect multiple host systems and OS types. With the clustering option, multiple SPHiNX servers can be configured as pools on a single shared file system; capacity is virtually limitless.

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