Quantum has made upgrades to its StorNext file system and data management software that the company says will make cloud content more accessible, with significantly improved read and write speeds for any cloud and object store-based storage solution. The new StorNext 6.4 software features enable hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud storage use cases, for greater flexibility in media and entertainment and other data-intensive workflows.
StorNext 6.4 software incorporates self-describing objects to make cloud content more easily accessible, enabling new hybrid-cloud workflows. The client writes files into StorNext file system, and then, based on policy, StorNext 6.4 software copies files to the public or private cloud, with the option to include additional object metadata. Non-StorNext software clients and cloud-resident processes may now access objects directly, thereby using the new extended metadata.
Multi-threaded put/get operations improve retrieval speed to and from large object stores and the cloud. Quantum says users can expect to see a 5x to 7x performance increase with StorNext 6.4 software, depending on the size of their objects and other factors. This feature enhances performance where single stream object performance is limited.
Among the other features in the StorNext upgrade is dynamic library pooling. This feature improves resiliency for large tape archives, enabling the use of multiple libraries for performance and redundancy, including scale-out tape with vertical libraries like Quantum’s Scalar i6 tape library. Customers can rotate file stores to different libraries to increase availability.
StorNext 6.4 also adds support for Amazon Glacier Deep Archive to StorNext’s integration with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and others.