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Quantum’s Xcellis scale-out NAS targets IP workflows for M&E

Quantum is now offering a new Xcellis Scale-out NAS targeting data-heavy IP-based media workflows. Built off Quantum’s StorNext shared storage and data management platform, the multi-protocol, multi-client Xcellis Scale-out NAS system combines media and metadata management with high performance and scalability. Users can configure an Xcellis solution with both scale-out SAN and NAS to provide maximum flexibility.

“Media professionals have been looking for a solution that combines the performance and simplified scalability of a SAN with the cost efficiency and ease of use of NAS,” says Quantum’s Keith Lissak. “Quantum’s new Xcellis Scale-out NAS platform bridges that gap. By affordably delivering high performance, petabyte-level scalability and advanced capabilities such as integrated AI, Xcellis Scale-out NAS is [a great] solution for migrating to all-IP environments.”

Specific benefits of Xcellis Scale-out NAS include:
• Increased Productivity in All-IP Environments: It features a converged architecture that saves space and power, continuous scalability for simplified scaling of performance and capacity and unified access to content.
• Cost-Effective Scaling of Performance and Capacity: One appliance provides 12 GB/sec per client. An Xcellis cluster can scale performance and capacity together or independently to reach hundreds of petabytes in capacity and more than a terabyte per second in performance. When deployed as part of a multitier StorNext infrastructure ― which can include object, tape and cloud storage ― Xcellis Scale-out NAS can cost as little as 1/10 that of an enterprise-only NAS solution with the same capacity.
• Lifecycle, Location and Cost Management: It’s built off of Quantum’s StorNext software, which provides automatic tiering between flash, disk, tape, object storage and public cloud. Copies can be created for content distribution, collaboration, data protection and disaster recovery.
• Integrated Artificial Intelligence: Xcellis can integrate artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to enable users to extract more value for their assets through the automated creation of metadata. The system can actively interrogate data across multiple axes to uncover events, objects, faces, words and sentiments, automatically generating new, custom metadata that unlocks additional possibilities for the use of stored assets.

Xcellis Scale-out NAS will be generally available this month with entry configurations and those leveraging tiering starting at under $100 per terabyte (raw).

Quantum intros next-gen shared workflow storage product Xcellis

Quantum is offering a next-generation, high-performance, end-to-end shared workflow storage solution, called Xcellis. Consolidating media and metadata management, extending connectivity options for both Fibre Channel and Ethernet clients, and supporting hosted applications, the new system aids productivity in collaborative media environments by integrating the most important components of workflow storage into a single, easy-to-manage, fully scalable hardware solution.

Xcellis supports online work in process, ingest and delivery, and archive through Quantum’s portfolio of Lattus object storage, LTO tape and Q-Cloud services, all running on the powerful StorNext 5 media workflow platform.

Xcellis integrates realtime and “non-realtime” media production support elements in the same system. At the heart of the new solution, the Xcellis Workflow Director controls shared client access privileges and provides simultaneous client connectivity across all popular network types, including Fibre Channel and IP for SMB, CIFS, NFS and Quantum’s higher performing DLC (Distributed LAN Client) — while also supporting hosted applications. By bringing the functionality of multiple disparate components into a single system that occupies just four rack units of space, the Xcellis Workflow Director simplifies the overall storage architecture and streamlines operation and management.

Xcellis also recognizes that many operations do not require high-speed Fibre Channel and can instead take advantage of low-cost IP NAS connectivity. Xcellis improves productivity by eliminating the need for separate islands of storage and allowing all clients and workflow automation operations such as transcode, QA, and delivery to share storage with complete transparent access to all assets and content regardless of interface type or operating system.

Check out Quantum’s Alex Grossman giving us highlights at SMPTE 2015 below:

Powered by StorNext 5, Xcellis offers:
• Streaming performance needed for ingest, transcoding and delivery, important for today’s high-resolution and HDR-enabled workflows.
• Optimized high-speed Fibre Channel SAN connectivity, along with cost-effective LAN, SMB and NFS sharing options, with IP connectivity for easy deployment and integration into all broadcast and post environments.
• Intelligent, policy-driven file movement across LTO tape (LTO-6 and LTO-7), LTFS, object storage and cloud archive systems for an optimal balance of media access and storage TCO.
• High-speed collaboration across Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

Users can start with the smallest system offered and scale smoothly to the largest system with no replacement of original hardware investment and no interruption. While nearly doubling the number of files that Quantum workflow storage can handle, Xcellis also enables users to:

• Scale capacity and bandwidth independently to realize the performance characteristics ideal for their operations, tuning performance to the roles of different individuals within the workflow.
• Protect and maximize investment by paying only for what they require, and eliminating disruptive and costly hardware changes as their system grows.
• Independently and economically scaled performance and capacity, now up to 10 billion unmanaged files or 1.4 billion managed files in up to 64 file system volumes.

Xcellis also features StorNext Connect, a full-featured management tool that supports users in configuring, deploying and scaling the entire storage system and clients and also helps them to identify and resolve issues quickly for optimal performance and maximum uptime. Quantum is continually updating StorNext Connect, and Xcellis users will benefit from a newly enhanced customer self-install feature, as well as NAS (IP client) configuration within the StorNext Connect UI.