Quantum Corp announces significant enhancements to the Xcellis scale-out storage appliance portfolio: StorNext 6.2 bolsters performance for 4K and 8K video while enhancing integration with cloud-based workflows and global collaborative environments. NVM storage significantly accelerates ingest and other aspects of media workflows. These enhancements reinforce Xcellis as the solution of choice to ingest, edit, share and store rich media content for thousands of customers worldwide. Modern file systems Quantum’s Xcellis scale-out appliances have long been trusted to deliver high performance to increasingly demanding applications and higher resolution content. The introduction of NVMe storage to the Xcellis appliances offers ultra-fast performance: 22 GB/s single-client, uncached streaming bandwidth. Leveraging Excelero’s NVMesh technology in combination with StorNext, all data is accessible by multiple clients in a global namespace, making it easy to access and cost-effectively share flash-based resources. As more organisations depend on broad collaboration among their staff to meet project deadlines, and workflows extend from on-premise into the cloud, being able to effectively manage and access data across complex, hybrid environments has become a requirement for modern file systems. Greater flexibility StorNext 6.2, Quantum now offers an S3 interface to Xcellis appliances, enabling them to serve as targets for applications designed to write Now with the ability to provide cross protocol locking for shared access across SAN, NFS, and SMB, Xcellis is an optimal solution for organisations that need to share content across both Fibre Channel and Ethernet. With StorNext 6.2, Quantum now offers an S3 interface to Xcellis appliances, enabling them to serve as targets for applications designed to write to RESTful interfaces. Organisations gain greater flexibility to use Xcellis as either a gateway to the cloud or as an S3 target for web-based applications. With storage environments becoming increasingly complex, users need more powerful tools to proactively manage their storage resources. Adjust system configuration Xcellis environments can now be managed with a new cloud monitoring tool that enables Quantum’s support team to monitor critical customer environmental factors, speed time to resolution, and ultimately increase uptime. When combined with Xcellis Web Services – a suite of services that enables users to set policies, adjust system configuration, and more – overall system management is simplified and streamlined. Available with StorNext 6.2, enhanced FlexSync replication capabilities enable users to create local or remote replicas of multi-tier file system content and metadata. With the ability to protect data for both high-performance systems as well as massive archives, users now have more flexibility to protect a single directory or an entire file system. Additional management tools StorNext 6.2 enables administrators to provide defined and enforceable quotas, implement quality of service levels for specific users Organisations that provide storage as a service to departmental users require additional management tools to support their business processes. StorNext 6.2 enables administrators to provide defined and enforceable quotas, implement quality of service levels for specific users, and allows for simplified reporting of used storage capacity. These new features make it easier for administrators to efficiently manage large-scale media archives. The new S3 interface and NVMe storage option are both available today. Other StorNext features and capabilities described in this release will be available by December 2018. Effective foundation Tom Coughlin, President, The Coughlin Group commented “Across multiple industries, and especially in media and entertainment, organisations are continuing to move more workflows into the cloud, which requires storage solutions to efficiently ingest, and offload, data to and from the cloud.” “By building on the existing capabilities of StorNext, Quantum’s new release will help customers maximise the benefits of the cloud and provide a more effective foundation for the industry’s most modern workflows.” Demanding workflows As 4K goes mainstream and adoption rates of 8K media continue to rise, the need for future-proof, high-performance storage is greater than ever before Lior Gal, CEO and co-founder, Excelero said “As 4K goes mainstream and adoption rates of 8K media continue to rise, the need for future-proof, high-performance storage is greater than ever before.” “Excelero and Quantum have partnered to build on the capability of StorNext, the industry’s number one choice for storage, and offer an appliance that can support the requirements of the most demanding workflows for years to come.” High-resolution content Molly Presley, Vice President, Product Management and Global Marketing, Quantum commented “The new economy increasingly requires the ability to manipulate and manage rapid real-time types of unstructured data.” “Whether editing multiple streams of high-resolution content in multiple formats, reams of information produced by commuters on their way to work, or the flood of data from hundreds of sensors on an autonomous vehicle, this broad Xcellis platform refresh provides the storage foundation to effectively preserve, manage, and protect this valuable data.”
Quantum Corp, announces that at IBC 2018 it will unveil the latest version of StorNext, the media industry’s content production and archive storage platform. Designed with new enterprise capabilities focused on improved integration with cloud resources, enhanced data protection functionality, and better support of collaborative environments, the newest version of StorNext will help media organisations worldwide meet increasingly tight production deadlines. Quantum will also showcase the latest NVMe flash technology, as well as the Xcellis Scale-out NAS shared storage appliance, which has been named a finalist in the IABM BaM Awards 2018 in the Store category. Xcellis storage appliances can now deliver over 17Gb/s single client streaming performance, to support the highest-resolution formats Shared storage environments As working in file formats beyond 4K becomes more mainstream across the globe, media and entertainment organisations require a storage solution that can efficiently support exceptionally demanding workflows. Leveraging the latest NVMe flash technology, Xcellis storage appliances can now deliver over 17Gb/s single client streaming performance, to support the highest-resolution formats found in digital media. Tightly integrated with Quantum’s StorNext file system, these storage resources can be shared cost effectively and all data is accessible by multiple clients in a global namespace. Further underscoring StorNext’s award-winning reliability and leadership in shared storage environments, additional Quantum highlights featured at stand 7. B07 include: All-IP Workflow Performance with Xcellis Building on StorNext’s reputation for high-performance in SAN environments, Quantum is now taking performance leadership a step further with new NAS-based offerings. Internal testing demonstrates Quantum’s Xcellis Scale-out NAS solutions outperform offerings from enterprise-class NAS providers and NAS-focused startups for 4K, 8K and 16K projects. Combined with the solutions’ unmatched scalability and robust metadata management, this industry-leading performance redefines the kind of workflows that can be supported in all IP-based environments. Augmenting Legacy Storage Environments Combination of database migration software and professional services makes it easier for customers to upgrade while keeping most legacy assets Quantum continues to invest in technologies that make it easier for customers to benefit from modern, feature rich storage solutions. This year the company will showcase its StorageCare Archive Conversion Service for easier data migration from existing archive environments, such as migrating Oracle DIVArchive content into a StorNext-managed environment. This combination of database migration software and professional services makes it easier for customers to upgrade while keeping most legacy assets. Molly Presley, Vice President, Product Management and Global Marketing, Quantum commented “Addressing the challenges of today’s increasingly demanding media production workflows, Quantum continues to invest in our StorNext-based storage portfolio to give users greater ability to control cost across their entire production environment, enable exceptional performance for UHD workflows, and facilitate seamless access to content for even greater productivity.”
Quantum Corp. named AutonomouStuff LLC its primary partner for storage distribution in the automotive market, enabling them to deliver Quantum’s comprehensive end-to-end storage solutions for both in-vehicle and data centre environments. Quantum’s StorNext-powered scale-out storage provides high-performance ingest of data into the data centre when test vehicles return to the garage, thereby speeding time to result for sensor-generated in-vehicle data. Quantum in-vehicle storage is designed to fit the environmental and space requirements of autonomous vehicles. The combined solution enables AutonomouStuff to extend its offerings beyond in-vehicle solutions to include data centre storage to support analysis and long-term data retention. Quantum has worked closely with AutonomouStuff and its customers to define and create a complete end-to-end research solution with durable in-vehicle storage for test vehicles Active data management StorNext solutions combine high performance storage with low cost archive storage to enable easy data integration and management for the transition between high performance analysis and long-term retention. With this type of active data management large-scale projects are substantially more economically viable, lowering data storage costs by an order of magnitude. Quantum has worked closely with AutonomouStuff and its customers to define and create a complete end-to-end research solution that includes durable in-vehicle storage for test vehicles. The resulting solution is self-protecting, self-managed data centre storage where analysis and solution development takes place. Multitiered storage approach It also provides autonomous vehicle developers with an easy way to move data from test vehicles to the data centre while achieving the lowest cost storage and delivering high-performance shared access, integrated protection and data life cycle management. Quantum’s multitiered storage approach automatically places less active data on the most cost-effective storage media while active data resides on high-performance storage. This is critical for autonomous vehicle development environments that generate petabytes of data which needs to be retained for many years to meet regulations and to validate algorithms as designs evolve. Quantum is in the vanguard of delivering storage solutions that balance performance with cost to help advance research" Scalable and economical solution Bobby Hambrick, founder and CEO, AutonomouStuff said “Autonomous research generates an enormous volume of data which is vital to achieving the goal of a safe autonomous vehicle. Quantum multitier data storage kits powered by StorNext offer a highly scalable and economical solution to the data dilemma researchers face.” “The promise of safer, more autonomous vehicles has captured the public imagination, and intelligent storage solutions are key to delivery of that promise. In partnership with AutonomouStuff, Quantum is in the vanguard of delivering storage solutions that balance performance with cost to help advance research of significant value to society,” said Molly Presley, vice president, global marketing, Quantum.
Quantum Corp. announced general availability of StorNext 6, a major new release of the company's award-winning StorNext scale-out file system. It delivers a unique combination of new advanced data management features for on-premise, hybrid cloud and public cloud environments and industry-leading streaming performance. StorNext 6 is now shipping with the company's Xcellis workflow storage solutions, enabling users to overcome the limitations of traditional NAS systems in keeping up with the demands of large, rapidly growing data-intensive workloads and driving business value from that data. This latest StorNext release provides more efficient and cost-effective ways to share and access files across geographically distributed teams, to manage and protect archived data, and to audit changes to data throughout its lifecycle. FlexSync and FlexSpace features One of the key challenges in highly data-intensive environments such as genomics, academic research, video surveillance and government security is enabling dispersed teams to work together using a common data set for creative, analytical or other purposes. StorNext 6 addresses this challenge with two new features, FlexSync and FlexSpace: FlexSync provides a fast, flexible and simple way to synchronise data between multiple StorNext-based systems in a highly manageable and automated fashion. It supports one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-one file replication scenarios and can be configured to operate at almost any level: specific files, specific folders or entire file systems. FlexSpace supports both public and private cloud storage that uses the S3 protocol FlexSpace allows multiple instances of StorNext - and geographically distributed teams - to share a single storage repository and easily access the same data set. To reduce costs, the shared repository avoids maintaining duplicate copies of data at each site while providing access to all users, in any location, at any time. FlexSpace supports both public and private cloud storage that uses the S3 protocol, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud as well as Quantum's Lattus object storage and third-party object storage such as NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality QoS for optimising performance High-performance file storage users may have dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of clients accessing a system at any time, which can hinder workflows and create other inefficiencies. To address this problem, StorNext 6 includes a new quality of service (QoS) for optimising performance across all client workstations, and on a machine-by-machine basis, to align with business priorities. Users can: Allocate more bandwidth to individual workstations for more demanding applications involving urgent projects. Set parameters so that less time-sensitive activities do not consume an unnecessary amount of bandwidth. Make adjustments quickly as priorities change. "StorNext 6-based Xcellis workflow storage solutions provide high performance and advanced data management" StorNext 6 also enables client platforms to browse archive directories that contain offline files — which can number in the hundreds of thousands, or even millions - without having to retrieve the entire directory. As a result, this feature significantly streamlines the archive retrieval process, enabling users to get the files they need more quickly. Reduced storage costs with integrated solutions As the foundation for a single, integrated solution that can span a single namespace across flash, spinning disk, object storage, tape and the cloud, StorNext has long reduced overall storage costs through tiering. StorNext 6 adds: A new copy expiration feature, enabling automated removal of file copies from more expensive storage tiers, thereby freeing up space and increasing the overall return on investment. The ability to track changes in files across the data lifecycle and report who changed a file, when the changes were made, what was changed and whether and to where a file was moved - all of which provides administrators with greater file management granularity and insight into usage patterns and helps support compliance requirements. Advanced data management Molly Presley, Vice President, Global Marketing, Quantum commented, "As we talk to customers, it's clear that traditional NAS and general-purpose, scale-out storage offerings often can't meet the performance and parallel workload demands resulting from the rapid growth of large unstructured data volumes. In contrast, our StorNext 6-based Xcellis workflow storage solutions provide an unparalleled combination of high performance and advanced data management that enables users in highly data-intensive environments to achieve their business and mission objectives more efficiently and cost-effectively." StorNext 6 is now shipping with all newly purchased Xcellis appliances and is also available at no additional cost to current Xcellis users running StorNext 5 under existing support contracts.
The StorNext 5.4 announcement reflects Quantum’s continuing expansion and enhancement of its scale-out storage portfolio Quantum Corp. announced significant new enhancements to its award-winning StorNext scale-out file system that takes unstructured data management to higher levels of efficiency and flexibility. These enhancements in StorNext release 5.4 include the ability to integrate existing public cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage—starting with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING—as tiers in a StorNext-unified namespace. Another new feature provides embedded application deployment in StorNext appliances, leveraging industry-standard virtualisation technology to simplify integration with asset manager, data management, and data sharing applications. StorNext 5.4 is the latest example of the significant enhancements in Quantum’s scale-out storage portfolio over the past two years, as the company continues to focus on delivering high-performance, cost-effective, multi-tier solutions for managing unstructured data in highly demanding environments. During this time, Quantum has also built on its long-standing leadership in media and entertainment and expanded its market reach in areas such as video surveillance, genomics, academic research, and government security. As a result, the company’s scale-out storage revenue has grown rapidly—56 per cent year-over-year in the most recently completed quarter, which represented the 21st consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth. Challenge of unstructured data growth "Being able to deploy secure, high-speed data movement over the WAN as an integrated part of the StorNext storage environment is a perfect fit for our mutual customers" The massive growth in unstructured data continues unabated, driven by advances such as 4K video cameras and the proliferation of IoT sensor technology, and the ability to analyse and leverage this data is an increasingly critical component of an organisation’s business or mission. IT professionals face an ongoing challenge of how to manage and retain this data—and make it readily accessible when needed—in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. Powerful file system and multi-tier data management Long used for bandwidth-intensive video capture, production, and distribution workflows, StorNext is increasingly being deployed by data-intensive enterprises around the globe for a broad range of use cases, including: Technical computing and big data analytics in imaging environments such as genomics, academic research, and video surveillance Real-time editing and manipulation of massive media datasets for entertainment High-performance archive Large-scale content repositories StorNext provides a unique combination of: The fastest streaming file system performance in the industry. Automated, policy-based data management through StorNext Storage Manager for cost-effective tiering across primary disk, object storage, tape and the cloud. Heterogeneous OS support (Windows, Linux, UNIX, MacOS). Multi-protocol support, including Fibre Channel, Ethernet, InfiniBand, iSCSI, NFS, SMB/CIFS and S3. StorNext 5.4 is currently shipping with all newly purchased Xcellis, StorNext M-Series, and StorNext Pro Solutions offerings, as well as Artico archive appliances StorNext has been deployed in more than 120,000 clients, and its customers include the five largest media companies in the world, all the top U.S. broadcast networks, Airbus Defence and Space, AOL Huffington Post, Baylor College of Medicine, BBC Sport, Calgary Police Service, CERN, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, MLB Network, NASA, NIH, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame and UFC. StorNext 5.4 enhancements StorNext 5.4 provides a number of new features and benefits, including: Seamless cloud integration: A new feature in StorNext Storage Manager enables users to move data into and out of their public cloud accounts and/or existing third-party object storage (private cloud), thereby extending their StorNext-managed, tiered storage environment, protecting prior investments, and reducing the cost and complexity of cloud storage administration. StorNext 5.4 currently provides support for AWS (S3, Glacier, GovCloud, C2S) and Microsoft Azure and also offers a connection to the Google Cloud through standard S3 protocol. Augmenting Quantum’s own Lattus object storage, StorNext 5.4 includes support for NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING, and Quantum plans to add integration for other object storage offerings. Embedded applications: Dynamic Application Environment (DAE) is a virtual computing space on StorNext-powered Xcellis workflow storage appliances that enables applications to run within the high-performance, shared storage environment. By eliminating the need for dedicated servers and additional networking, the DAE reduces the time, cost, and complexity of deploying and maintaining applications. Expanded SSD options: A new Xcellis configuration includes SSD-based metadata storage at a lower price for smaller deployments with high-performance requirements. StorNext 5.4 is currently shipping with all newly purchased Xcellis, StorNext M-Series, and StorNext Pro Solutions offerings, as well as Artico archive appliances. It is available at no additional cost for StorNext 5 users under current support contracts. Scale-out storage momentum The StorNext 5.4 announcement reflects Quantum’s continuing expansion and enhancement of its scale-out storage portfolio. Over the past two years, the company has added a range of new offerings that reinforce its end-to-end approach to managing data, from high-performance ingest to long-term archiving. These offerings include Xcellis, Artico, QXS hybrid storage, a new StorNext AEL tape library and StorNext Connect management tools, which have been well-received by customers and partners, won numerous product awards, and been recognised by independent analysts. Most recently, after evaluating Quantum’s QXS hybrid storage, Gartner named the company as a Challenger in its October 2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays. Quantum has leveraged its enhanced portfolio and long-standing expertise in scale-out storage to extend the benefits of StorNext-powered solutions to a broader base of customers. The company’s success is evident in the rapid growth it has experienced across different scale-out storage markets and use cases—for example, in its most recently completed quarter, Quantum generated double-to-triple-digit revenue growth on a year-over-year basis in media and entertainment, video surveillance, genomics, geospatial applications, and unstructured data archive. Supporting quotes John Wastcoat, Vice President, Business Development, Aspera, an IBM Company Quantum has leveraged its enhanced portfolio and long-standing expertise in scale-out storage “We’re excited at the prospect of delivering Aspera Enterprise and Connect Server as part of the new Dynamic Application Environment. Being able to deploy secure, high-speed data movement over the WAN as an integrated part of the StorNext storage environment is a perfect fit for our mutual customers.” Scott Sinclair, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group“In the general IT market, Quantum is best known for its strong data protection portfolio. However, its StorNext file system and data management solutions have long addressed key challenges that an increasingly broad range of enterprises are facing due to the tremendous growth in large-scale unstructured data. StorNext 5.4 is an excellent example of how Quantum is extending the power and benefits of StorNext to these customers through innovations that leverage their prior investments and provide greater efficiency and flexibility moving forward.” Molly Rector, Vice President, Global Marketing, Quantum“More and more enterprises are finding that traditional NAS and general-purpose, scale-out storage solutions can’t meet today’s demands for managing their growing unstructured data volumes, so they’re turning to Quantum for their storage needs. We provide a unique combination of the fastest streaming performance, low-cost capacity and efficient data access -- all in a unified namespace that enables users to store, share, preserve and utilise their digital assets to drive business and organisational success.”
Rector has than 15 years of enterprise storage experience, including 12 years as a Chief Marketing Officer Quantum Corporation announced that Molly Rector has joined the company as the Vice President of Marketing. Rector brings more than 15 years of enterprise storage experience to the role, including 12 years as a Chief Marketing Officer—most recently at DataDirect Networks (DDN), an HPC storage provider, and previously at archive storage vendor Spectra Logic. Her appointment comes as Quantum continues to expand its portfolio of scale-out storage, data protection and archive solutions, providing a unique combination of high performance, low-cost capacity, and fast access to meet increasing business demands.Deep understanding of customers“Molly has a deep understanding of customers, their workflows and what it takes to address their evolving storage and data management challenges,” said Jon Gacek, President and CEO of Quantum. “She also has a demonstrated record of success in expanding market opportunities and working closely with sales teams to drive profitable growth. I’m excited about drawing on her extensive experience as we look to build on our market momentum and deliver increased value to our customers, partners, and shareholders.”Extensive experienceJust prior to joining Quantum, Rector spent nearly three years at DDN as CMO and Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Management. During her tenure, she led the company’s successful expansion into five new vertical markets, helping to increase the company’s customer base by 14 percent a year and contributing to its double-digit revenue growth. "Molly has a deep understandingof customers, their workflowsand what it takes to addresstheir evolving storage and data management challenges" Before DDN, from 2004 to 2014, Rector was CMO and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Product Management at Spectra Logic, where she drove the company’s strategy shift from a point technology focus to a solution-centric approach and increased the sales funnel by more than 40 percent. As part of an initiative to expand Spectra Logic’s market, she also founded the Active Archive Alliance, an industry coalition formed to educate end users on the evolving new technologies that enable reliable, online, and efficient access to archived data. She continues to serve on the Alliance board, as well as the board of the Storage Networking Industry Association.Quantum's growth objectives“Having both competed against and partnered with Quantum over the years, I know what a strong technology and product portfolio the company has and how uniquely suited it is to meeting some of the most difficult storage challenges organisations are facing,” said Rector. “I look forward to bringing this message and the benefits of Quantum’s solutions to a broader range of customers and working with the rest of the leadership team to achieve the company’s growth objectives.” Save
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