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Quantum targets smaller post houses with under $25K NAS storage

Quantum is now offering an entry-level NAS storage solution targeting post houses and corporate video departments. Xcellis Foundation is a high-performance, entry-level workflow storage system specifically designed to address the technical and budgetary requirements of small- to medium-sized studios.

Based on Quantum’s StorNext shared file system and data management platform, this new product offers enterprise-class Xcellis storage, including high performance and scalability, in a NAS appliance for under $25,000.

The 3U Xcellis Foundation system includes Quantum’s QXS disk storage chassis and Workflow Director appliance, which provides NAS connectivity and support for billions of files across up to 64 virtual file systems. Xcellis Foundation comes standard with 48TB of raw capacity, and users can upgrade to 72TB or 96TB. When the user is ready to scale the system, adding performance and capacity can be done cost-effectively and non-disruptively by simply connecting more storage. Connectivity is via dual 10 GbE or optional 40 GbE, and NAS protocol support is included with no per-seat licensing.

Here are some additional details about the new system:
• works with higher video resolutions, including 1080p and 4K, without introducing complexity or unnecessary cost to the workflow
• cost-effective IP connectivity over standard NAS protocols
• advanced data management capabilities that optimize performance and maximize capacity across different storage tiers while assuring that content is always in the right place at the right time
• seamless integration into a multi-tier storage infrastructure that includes flash, disk, nearline object storage, public cloud and tape archive
• the ability to scale up and scale out through readily extended capacity, connectivity and redundancy
• simple installation and setup via a web-based GUI

Quantum will be showing Xcellis Foundation at the upcoming IBCShow in Amsterdam, and the new appliance will be available through Quantum and its reseller partners later this month.

Speaking of resellers, here is what one —Nick Smith, director of technology at JB&A Distribution — had to say about the new system: “Xcellis Foundation gives our reseller community exactly what it’s been wanting ― a Quantum StorNext-powered shared storage solution designed specifically for smaller video production environments. [It combines] easy NAS connectivity, 4K-ready performance and simplified setup and management, all at a cost-effective price point.”

Panasas intros hybrid scale-out NAS ActiveStor 20

Storage company Panasas has introduced ActiveStor 20, the company’s latest generation hybrid scale-out NAS appliance.  According to Panasas, it features a 65 percent increase in flash and a 25 percent increase in hard drive capacity. High-density flash drives and 10TB HGST Ultrastar He10 helium-based hard drives offer unstructured sequential file and mixed-workload performance with rapid access to both large and small files.

ActiveStor 20 features include up to 208TB (Based on a 1+10 configuration of 10 storage nodes per ActiveStor) capacity per ActiveStor; up to 45PB (No enforced limits. Tested configuration: 130 shelves) max. PanFS namespace capacity; DirectFlow, NFS and SMB protocol support; multiprotocol support for Linux, Mac and Microsoft Windows clients; PanFS 6.1 data availability and management features, including software-based RAID 6+, snapshots, user and group quotas and SiteSync data replication.

“Technical advances in visual effects, virtual reality, 4K and higher resolutions have fundamentally changed the process of creating high-quality entertainment,” explains David Sallak, VP, products and solutions at Panasas. “At NAB 2016, Panasas announced a preview of DirectFlow for Mac — our first M&E-focused enhancement for creative workgroups, unique to the scale-out NAS market of storage products. Building on this media-optimized solution, Panasas has introduced ActiveStor 20. We believe that deploying scalable storage that’s transparent to creative teams and optimized for Mac and Linux while supporting Windows, delivers a compelling experience for media companies seeking to release the full potential of artists, editors and producers to gain competitive advantage in a crowded media and entertainment landscape.”

ActiveStor 20 production systems will ship this month (August).