Quantum Corporation announces that its StorNext® File System is the fastest file system for video workloads. In testing using the independent SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark, the StorNext 7 system outperformed all other file systems across all three performance metrics, using a reference architecture with 57% fewer storage nodes than the next nearest vendor and at a much lower cost per concurrent stream. These results demonstrate that StorNext provides the best performance and best value for any workload that requires massive streaming performance with a large number of concurrent users or processes. Video surveillance capture Use cases in media and entertainment, video surveillance capture and retention, and earth and life sciences with large digital image files can all benefit from the streaming performance and data lifecycle management of the StorNext system. The SPEC SFS 2014 SP2 Video Data Application (VDA) test, which is designed to simulate a high-performance video-based workload at scale, was conducted on the StorNext File System and Quantum F-Series NVMe storage servers. The Quantum StorNext system set new performance records for: The highest aggregate throughput (34,391 MB/sec) The lowest latency (0.9 milliseconds overall response time) The highest number of concurrent streams (7,450 streams) Performance storage systems StorNext is well positioned to help enterprises ingest, process, and manage this type of data across its lifecycle" “Video creation is growing exponentially across all industries — whether for entertainment, marketing, communications, training, or surveillance — and customers require extremely high-performance storage systems to ingest and process their video content,” said Brian Pawlowski, Chief Development Officer, Quantum. “These test results clearly demonstrate that StorNext is the fastest file system on the planet for video workloads. And thanks to the architecture of the StorNext File System, it achieved these record-breaking results with substantially less hardware than the nearest competitor.” “The record-setting results in this SPEC SFS testing validate the StorNext system’s performance leadership for video and other large file workloads,” said Eric Burgener, Research Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. “And since explosive growth of this type of data is occurring across many industries, StorNext is well positioned to help enterprises ingest, process, and manage this type of data across its lifecycle.” Endorsing standardised benchmarks The reference architecture uses generally available products, configured as a single StorNext 7 File System running on Quantum Xcellis® appliances, with 10 Quantum F-Series NVMe storage servers. The StorNext File System was connected to clients via iSER (iSCSI Extensions for RDMA) over a 100GbE dual network, with an additional 1GbE network for metadata and administration. Full details of the architecture used are publicly available on the SPEC website. The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) is a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse standardised benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance and energy efficiency for the newest generation of computing systems. SPEC develops benchmark suites and also reviews and publishes submitted results from its member organisations and other benchmark licensees.
Quantum Corporation has announced the expansion of its Executive Leadership Team with the appointment of Brian Pawlowski as the company’s new Chief Development Officer, alongside the hiring of two senior executives to accelerate Quantum’s software-defined infrastructure and international growth. A technology industry legend with more than 35 years of technical development and leadership experience, Brian Pawlowski will drive excellence in software innovation as Quantum Corp. advances on its goal to be the globally renowned major in video and unstructured data solutions. Hybrid multi-cloud software innovation “Quantum’s transformation requires solving our customers’ most pressing business problems and delivering hybrid multi-cloud software innovation,” said Jamie Lerner, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Quantum Corp. Jamie adds, “Brian’s track record in building technologies and leading teams in high-growth environments will be critical to our success in achieving these goals.” Technology innovation expert Brian Pawlowski is a pioneer and distinguished technologist who joined Quantum Corp. from DriveScale Brian Pawlowski is a pioneer and distinguished technologist who joined Quantum Corp. from DriveScale, where he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Prior to that, he was serving as the Vice President (VP) and Chief Architect at Pure Storage, where he focused on improving the user experience for the all-flash storage platform provider’s rapidly growing customer base. He was also the 18th employee at NetApp, where he played a key role in the company’s expansion over nearly two decades in various roles including Head of Software Development and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Brian Pawlowski began his career as a software engineer for companies like Sun Microsystems, where he drove the technical analysis on alternate file systems technologies and was the co-architect of the Network File System (NFS) protocol. Video and unstructured data He is the co-chair of the NFS Working Group at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and has served on the board of trustees for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, and as a board member at the Linux Foundation. “As Quantum strives to be the leader in video and unstructured data, I’ll be focused on building synergies across our general business units, driving hybrid multi-cloud data management solutions, expanding our software download strategy, and simplifying our products for ease of customer use,” said Brian Pawlowski. Software-defined infrastructure expansion Quantum Corp. has created a new Cloud Software & Analytics business unit headed by Dave Clack To drive cloud software strategy, develop deeper analytics and data enrichment capabilities for customers, and expand data services, Quantum Corp. has created a new Cloud Software & Analytics business unit headed by Dave Clack, who joins as General Manager following Quantum’s recent acquisition of Square Box Systems, Ltd. Dave has advised several startups and established businesses on marketing, strategy, and growth across a range of industries, including household names like McAfee, Deutsche Bank, Rolls Royce, Ford, and HSBC. Asia Pacific market expansion As part of its mission to become a truly global company, Quantum Corporation is focused on developing and supporting solutions for the expansive Asia Pacific market. To achieve this, in Asia Pacific region, the company has appointed long-term Quantum leader, Jim Simon as its new Malaysia Site Leader. Jim Simon will continue to grow and develop Quantum’s operations in the Asia Pacific region at the company’s Kuala Lumpur office, serving the unique needs of the local markets. He has also held several business development and marketing roles at Quantum Corp., since 1998, when he first joined the company. Based in Singapore since 2004, Jim brings a deep understanding of the Asia Pacific region.