Quantum Corp. unveils the all-new data and storage management platform - Quantum ATFS. It is the first network-attached storage platform to integrate real-time data classification and insights with the needs of applications, determining how storage resources are allocated and consumed. Data insights enable organisations to visualise data without the constraints of a file system, automate purposeful data placement based on policies, and optimise resources using just-in-time data movement policies. The ability to support the needs of data and applications on premise or in the cloud advances Quantum’s strategy to be the provider of management and storage services for unstructured data anywhere. Crawling file systems “The engineering teams at Quantum worked with storage experts to address the many challenges IT teams face with growing storage needs. They designed an innovative and unchained solution with cutting edge technology, data provenance and analytics to provide a storage platform that works for IT, instead of IT that works for storage,” noted Jeffrey McDonald, PhD, Director of Information Technology, The Hormel Institute. Customers are performing ‘unnatural acts’ to manage their data – guessing at capacity and where data lives, or crawling file systems for days to find what is needed by the business. They are often uncertain about what they can delete and when they can delete it. The results are silos of data, and a loss of control and visibility. Optimising storage resource ATFS delivers a consistent end user experience to deploy resources on premise or in the cloud ATFS (All-Terrain File System) meets this challenge. It is designed to ensure just-in-time purposeful placement of data, meeting the performance, resiliency, availability, and access demands of applications and workflows. As a result, ATFS delivers a consistent end user experience to deploy resources on premise or in the cloud. By leveraging data classification, metadata and business-oriented tagging to streamline and optimise storage resource consumption, ATFS transforms storage economics, eliminating the premium organisations pay for performance. It is designed to manage hardware resources as a service to the application when and where it is needed it at scale. Achieving greater efficiencies “The ATFS system we have at 5 Guys Named Moe is the backbone of our extremely high bandwidth cloud data migration work,” said Eric A. Reid, Head of Post-Production, 5 Guys Named Moe, Inc. “Utilising the metadata tagging built into the ATFS platform allows us to prioritise data efficiently and make sure that NVMe space is automatically allocated to the most resource intensive tasks without any manual input. This reduces costs overall while ensuring we have the right balance of storage space and high-end performance available for our workflows.” ATFS ingests data, which can be placed into flash, bulk, or the cloud based on policies, application defined tags, or manually. Performance may be tuned based on the size of the active data set. Automated policies place data ‘just-in-time’ to support workloads while achieving greater efficiencies and improved productivity per unit of storage. Asset management tools By automating data classification and placement, ATFS serves a wide range of use cases: Automate Application Workflows: Integrate with asset management tools, schedulers, and other applications to automate tasks using API in life sciences, media and entertainment, finance, and more. Active Data Retention: Metadata and tags simplify access to data over time. Deploy Resources in the Cloud: Burst into the cloud using cloud-based applications or use ATFS for large data set retention. Collaboration: Secure data sharing across the organisation and externally without creating duplicates. Control Data: Execute on retention, protection, and access guidelines per regulations, best practices, to ensure data. Providing deeper insights ATFS is available to order beginning this December as software installed on a Quantum appliance ATFS is available to order beginning this December as software installed on a Quantum appliance. Scott Sinclaire, Senior Analyst, ESG: “Cloud adoption continues to accelerate, as businesses demand greater elasticity from their storage resources, their compute capabilities, and their budgets. ATFS is designed for this new data landscape, to provide businesses with the insight necessary to extract value from their unstructured data.” Ed Fiore, General Manager, Primary Storage at Quantum: “For customers with millions or billions of files, classifying those files so they can be organised, searched, and then placed based on rules is a key advancement toward getting control of massive unstructured data sprawl. We designed the ATFS platform to address these challenges, to align an application’s needs with storage resources in real time, and to provide deeper insights into data.” Unique industry perspectives Quantum will host VirtualQ | Transform, an online forum for unlocking the value of unstructured data, November 17th in Europe, and November 19th in North America. The company will showcase the latest offerings to capture, store, manage, protect, and archive unstructured data in all its forms. Participants will gain unique industry perspectives on the forces and trends shaping Quantum’s technology roadmap and get exclusive access to executives, as well as product and technical leaders.
Quantum Corp. has announced a reorganisation of its engineering division, establishing two general manager positions with P&L responsibility to lead the company’s primary and secondary storage product lines, and adding a key executive role. The positions will enable Quantum to expand its leadership in storing video and other unstructured data, as well as build on its strengths in archive and data protection. Strategic expansion The reorganisation supports Quantum’s goals to grow both organically and via strategic acquisitions The reorganisation supports Quantum’s goals to grow both organically and via strategic acquisitions, and to extend its business model with recurring revenue streams as organisations shift to options such as storage-as-a-service. Vice President and General Manager, Primary Storage team at Quantam Corp. – Ed Fiore - Ed Fiore previously served as co-founder and CEO of Atavium, a private data storage software company focused on bringing business intelligence to storage. Atavium’s metadata-rich file system combines real-time search and analytics with a data orchestration engine to provide workflow automation, hybrid multi-cloud collaboration, and policy-based data placement. Hybrid multi-cloud and data solutions As GM of Primary Storage, Fiore will continue to develop source code and intellectual property that Quantum acquired from Atavium, advancing StorNext developments to address customer needs for media library software, real-time search and analytics, a hybrid multi-cloud experience, and ease of use. Prior to Atavium, Fiore served as vice president of Storage Engineering for Dell where he was responsible for the Compellent, EqualLogic, and FluidFS engineering teams. Also joining Quantum as a Technical Director on the Primary Storage team is Mark Bakke, an industry veteran who was one of the co-founders of Atavium. Bakke is widely respected for his contributions to next-generation, high-speed storage networking innovation - including the market’s first virtual switch and first iSCSI products - and will drive efforts developing enterprise-wide networking capabilities that are essential for emerging cloud solutions. Data protection and security Vice President and General Manager, Secondary Storage team at Quantam Corp. – Bruno Hald - Bruno Hald is a seasoned engineering leader who has been with Quantum for over 25 years and currently leads the engineering teams for the archive and data protection product portfolio. Throughout his career, Hald has helped develop and launch many successful storage platforms that generated significant revenues for Quantum. In this new role he will leverage his extensive experience with hyper-scale customers, large enterprises and big OEM accounts to help customers address their needs in the secondary storage space. Storage-as-a-service offerings With the new corporate structure in place, Quantum can better help our customers seeking agile partners" “With our new corporate structure in place, Quantum is better able to help our customers who are seeking agile partners and more flexible solutions such as storage-as-a-service offerings that can enable them to weather today’s rapidly-shifting business climate,” said Jamie Lerner, President and CEO of Quantum Corp. Jamie adds, “It’s noteworthy that with the work we’ve done to rationalise our cost structure, we’re able to elevate our talent while decreasing operational expenses. Ed Fiore and Mark Bakke provide the startup caliber talent that is essential to our primary storage portfolio as we transition to delivering more software-defined solutions. I’m also thrilled to promote Bruno Hald to a new role that will enable us to focus on the unique requirements of archive and data protection customers who depend on Quantum.” Industrial IoT and enterprise solutions expert Quantum technology and services help customers capture, create and share digital content, while preserve and protect it for decades. With solutions built for every stage of the data lifecycle, Quantum Corp.’s platforms provide the fastest performance for high-resolution video, images, and industrial IoT.