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. announced Xcellis Scale-out NAS, the industry’s first workflow storage appliance to provide the management capabilities and robust features of enterprise scale-out NAS with the cost-effective scaling that organisations need to address modern data growth. It delivers greater than 3X the performance of competitive enterprise NAS offerings and, with integrated storage tiering, an end-to-end solution can cost as little as 1/10 that of alternative enterprise NAS solutions with the same capacity and performance. This combination makes Xcellis Scale-out NAS unique in comprehensively addressing the needs of high-value data environments where the organisation’s revenue and products are all built around data. Xcellis Scale-out NAS offers industry-leading performance Many IoT, media and entertainment, life sciences, manufacturing, video surveillance and enterprise high-performance computing (HPC) environments are outgrowing traditional enterprise NAS. Users have typically turned to scale-out NAS over the past decade as an alternative but are finding that scaling capacity, integrating cloud strategies and sharing data are afterthoughts or not even possible with the solutions they’ve adopted. Unlike enterprise IT workloads, data in high-value workload environments is constantly growing on every axis — ingest, processing, analysis, distribution, archive. These environments require storage solutions with the management and features of enterprise NAS, but which can also cost-effectively scale performance and capacity. Leveraging Quantum’s industry-leading StorNext parallel file system and data management platform, Xcellis Scale-out NAS offers industry-leading performance, scalability and management benefits for organisations with high-value workloads: Cost-effective scaling of performance and capacity: Clusters can scale performance and capacity together or independently to reach hundreds of petabytes in capacity and terabytes per second in performance. A single client (SMB, NFS or high-performance client) can achieve over 3X the performance of competitive scale-out NAS offerings with multiple clients scaling a single cluster’s bandwidth to over a terabyte per second. In addition, an end-to-end solution with Xcellis has been shown to manage petabytes of data in a simplified workflow incorporating tape or cloud that provides greater performance than leading NAS-only alternatives for as little as a tenth of the cost. Advanced features and flexible management: With simple installation and setup, a modern administrative single-screen interface provides in-depth monitoring, alerting and management functions as well as rapid scanning and search capabilities that tame large data repositories. Xcellis Scale-out NAS is designed to integrate with the highest performance Ethernet networks through SMB and NFS interfaces and offers the flexibility to also support high-performance block storage in the same converged solution. Lifecycle, location and cost management: Xcellis Scale-out NAS leverages more than 15 years of data management experience built into StorNext. Xcellis data management provides automatic tiering between SSD, disk, tape, object storage and public cloud. Copies can be created for content distribution, collaboration, data protection and disaster recovery. Xcellis featuring integrated artificial intelligence Xcellis Scale-out NAS is the industry’s only NAS solution with integrated artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that enable customers to create more value from new and existing data. It can actively interrogate data across multiple axes to uncover events, objects, faces, words and sentiments, automatically generating custom metadata that unlocks new possibilities for using stored assets. Availability Xcellis Scale-out NAS will be generally available this month with entry configurations and those leveraging tiering starting at under $100 per terabyte (raw). Supporting quotes Vincent Chang, president, Arrosoft Solutions “Frankly, it is hard to find an offering that can deliver on performance, scale and management while keeping costs down. Xcellis Scale-out NAS provides the reseller community with a Quantum solution that is easy to position for organisations facing unstructured data growth challenges across any of a number of areas including performance, capacity, cost, management, protection, cloud strategy and artificial intelligence.” Scott Sinclair, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group “The proliferation of unstructured data in a vast array of industries offers virtually unlimited opportunity for discovery and monetisation, but traditional storage and management of that data has kept many organisations from achieving their full potential. Xcellis Scale-out NAS is designed to empower users to scale performance and capacity independently and cost-effectively to keep storage from becoming an obstacle to progress.” Molly Presley, vice president, global marketing, Quantum “There is a gap in the market between NAS systems designed for enterprise data management and HPC solutions designed for data-intensive workloads. Xcellis Scale-out NAS fills this gap with the features needed by enterprises and the performance required by HPC in a single solution. Xcellis uniquely delivers capacity with the economics of tape and cloud, and integrated AI for advanced data insights and can even support traditional block storage demands within the same platform.”
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