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Quantum shipping StorNext 5.4

Quantum has introduced StorNext 5.4, the latest release of their workflow storage platform, designed to bring efficiency and flexibility to media content management. StorNext 5.4 enhancements include the ability to integrate existing public cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage (private cloud) — including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality Ring — as archive tiers in a StorNext-managed media environment. It also lets users deploy applications embedded within StorNext-powered Xcellis workflow storage appliances.

Quantum has also included a new feature called StorNext Storage Manager, offering automated, policy-based movement of content into and out of users’ existing public and private clouds while maintaining the visibility and access that StorNext provides. It offers seamless integration for public and private clouds within a StorNext-managed environment — as well as primary disk and tape storage tiers, full user and application access to media stored in the cloud without additional hardware or software, and extended versioning across sites and the cloud.

By enabling applications to run inside its Xcellis Workflow Director, the new Dynamic Application Environment (DAE) capability in StorNext 5.4 allows users to leverage a converged storage architecture, reducing the time, cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining applications.

StorNext 5.4 is currently shipping with all newly-purchased Xcellis, StorNext M-Series and StorNext Pro Solutions, as well as Artico archive appliances. It is available at no additional cost for StorNext 5 users under current support contracts.

Quantum at NAB with Artico intelligent NAS archive appliance

Quantum will be at NAB demonstrating its new Artico intelligent NAS archive appliance. Artico offers broadcast and post facilities using scale-out NAS systems an entry point for establishing media archives — outside of StorNext environments — that can scale to hold petabytes of content across Quantum’s Lattus extended online, Scalar tape and Q-Cloud Archive storage.

Powered by Quantum‘s StorNext 5 software and providing a simple NAS presentation, Artico incorporates StorNext Storage Manager policies to maximize storage efficiency. When used in combination with any StorNext-qualified media asset management (MAM) system, Artico can move files from online storage to longer-term archive with no user intervention, while maintaining full access to the files.

The system offers NAS connectivity and intelligent, policy-driven file movement across LTO tape, LTFS, object storage and cloud archive systems. Artico was designed to enable long-term protection of content through the ability to create multiple archive copies and with support for multiple archive systems.

Quantum intros Q-Cloud storage solutions

Quantum has been an early adopter when it comes to creating cloud-based storage. Recently they took that to a new level, offering three new product solutions that integrate the cloud into multi-tier, hybrid storage architectures for data workloads.

The Quantum Q-Cloud solutions allow users to leverage Quantum’s intelligent data management software to store data in the cloud when it makes the most sense for a given workflow or application – essentially customizing a user’s needs.

The new Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault incorporate the power of the public cloud as an off-site tier within a Quantum StorNext 5 workflow environment, while Q-Cloud Protect for AWS enables customers using Quantum’s DXi deduplication appliances to replicate data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. With all three offerings, users can get the benefits of the cloud without making changes to existing applications or processes.

Taking into account both the benefits and challenges of the cloud, Quantum says their approach is to enable customers to combine public cloud storage with on-premises storage in a multi-tier, intelligently managed, application-centric architecture. So instead of treating the cloud as a passive repository, they integrate the cloud as an active tier in a hybrid storage infrastructure driven by application requirements.

Key features include:
• Full integration as a tier in StorNext 5-managed workflows, with automated, policy-based data movement
• No additional hardware, separate applications or programming needed
• Agility in addressing changing workload demands
• Reliability of global public cloud infrastructure
• Straightforward pricing and billing directly from Quantum
• Secure, encrypted data transmission and at rest

StorNext users can also employ Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault in conjunction with Quantum Lattus extended online storage, moving data from a Lattus object storage technology-based private cloud on their premises to Q-Cloud.

Offered as a subscription service through the Amazon Marketplace, Q-Cloud Protect for AWS enables users to replicate data from either a physical or virtual DXi appliance on premises to a virtual DXi instance in the AWS cloud.

Key features include:
• Easy access to the Amazon public cloud and its benefits, with no changes to applications or processes
• Cost savings enabled by the most efficient method of data deduplication

Q-Cloud Archive is available immediately in the Americas, EMEA and APAC, while Q-Cloud Vault will be available in the second half of this year. Q-Cloud Protect for AWS will be available next quarter. You can see an overview of the products here.

StorNext Pro Foundation provides Xsan capability, integrated shared storage

Quantum is now offering StorNext Pro Foundation, a low-cost, integrated shared storage system designed specifically for smaller workgroups. It is built on StorNext 5 collaboration and workflow software platform, offering the capabilities of Quantum’s StorNext Pro Solutions to a new audience of media pros in post and broadcast.

For those of you who who enjoy, or enjoyed, working with Xsan, StorNext Pro Foundation provides full Xsan compatibility, enabling smaller workgroups — such as ad agencies and corporate video production departments that create significant amounts of video — to refresh or upgrade their Xsan storage environments.

According to Quantum, the underlying StorNext 5 platform ensures that as customers’ workflows evolve, the solution will provide the power to meet their needs for content ingest from multiple sources, collaborative content creation, on-time delivery in any format and content preservation for future monetization.

Current StorNext users can use StorNext Pro Foundation to add smaller workgroups for graphics, rendering and effects.

StorNext Pro Foundation comes in either 48TB or 96TB configurations, which respectively support five and seven simultaneous Xsan/Windows/Linux SAN clients, including two Windows/Linux SAN clients as core system components. 
Either configuration can support up to four file systems (volumes) comprising 100 million files; the 48TB configuration is upgradable to 96TB; users have the option of purchasing a StorNext AEL500 tape archive with either the 48TB or the 96TB configuration.

StorNext Pro Foundation includes one year of Quantum support with 30-minute phone response. StorNext Pro Foundation available now through select resellers.

“StorNext Pro Foundation is a great solution for smaller workgroups,” reports Dave Van Hoy, president of Quantum reseller Advanced Systems Group. “It delivers the power of Quantum’s StorNext 5 software in a complete and Xsan-compatible system designed specifically for small workgroups, providing optimized performance, reliability and service.”