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Quantum to acquire Western Digital’s ActiveScale business  

Quantum has entered into an agreement with Western Digital Technologies, a subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., to acquire its ActiveScale object storage business. The addition of the ActiveScale product line and engineers brings object storage software and erasure coding technology to Quantum’s portfolio and helps the company to expand in the object storage market.

The acquisition will extend the company’s role in storing and managing video and unstructured data using a software-defined approach. The transaction is expected to close by March 31, 2020. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

What are the benefits of object storage software?
• Scalability: Allows users to store, manage and analyze billions of objects and exabytes of capacity.
• Durable: ActiveScale object storage offers up to 19 nines of data durability using patented erasure coding protection technologies.
• Easy to Manage at Scale: Because object storage has a flat namespace (compared to a hierarchical file system structure), managing billions of objects and hundreds of petabytes of capacity is easier than using traditional network attached storage. This, according to Quantum, reduces operational expenses.

Quantum has been offering object storage and selling and supporting the ActiveScale product line for over five years. Object storage can be used as an active-archive tier of storage — where StorNext file storage is used for high-performance ingest and processing of data, object storage acts as lower cost online content repository, and tape acts as the lowest cost cold storage tier.

For M&E, object storage is used as a long-term content repository for video content, in movie and TV production, in sports video, and even for large corporate video departments. Those working in movie and TV production require very high performance ingest, edit, processing, rendering of their video files, which typically is done with a file system like StorNext. Once content is finished, it is preserved in an object store, with StorNext data management handling the data movement between file and object tiers.

“Object storage software is an obvious fit with our strategy, our go-to-market focus and within our technology portfolio,” says Jamie Lerner, president/CEO of Quantum. “We are committed to the product, and to making ActiveScale customers successful, and we look forward to engaging with them to solve their most pressing business challenges around storing and managing unstructured data. With the addition of the engineers and scientists that developed the erasure-coded object store software, we can deliver on a robust technical roadmap, including new solutions like an object store built on a combination of disk and tape.”

Sohonet beefs up offerings with Exchange acquisition

Sohonet, which provides connectivity, media services and network security for media and entertainment, has acquired Exchange Communications, which has been providing IT services to film and television productions for more than 20 years. The acquisition broadens the range of connectivity and collaboration solutions that each organization can offer its customers.

Sohonet has a global network of over 500 media companies as well as realtime collaboration, cloud-acceleration and file-transfer tools, while Exchange offers fixed production studio services for phones and video surveillance and rapidly available remote production communications. Together, the companies will serve the rapidly growing and changing production industry across features, episodic and advertising.
Sohonet will invest in the expansion of Exchange Communications services in other geographies, initially focusing on Canada and the UK.

Caringo offering 100TB of free S3 scale-out storage to M&E firms

Caringo, a scale-out cloud and object storage platform company, is offering complimentary full-featured 100TB Swarm licenses to qualified media & entertainment firms with a need to store, manage and protect their growing library of digital assets while keeping them securely accessible.

Qualified firms include but are not limited to recording studios, content creation and post production houses, broadcasters and film studios.

“IT execs in the M&E space are under extreme pressure to provide long-term accessible storage and instant search and delivery to customers and viewers,” said Adrian Herrera, VP of marketing at Caringo. “The cloud isn’t a viable option for many because of security and cost concerns. The solution to this is using the same technology that powers major clouds — object storage — secure in their datacenter.”

The complimentary 100TB license and integration consultation is immediately available to qualified M&E firms. Interested parties can visit their website for more info.

The system offers:
• Hardware and server use for content. Use up to 95% of hard drive space and 100% of drive bays for digital assets.
• The ability to automatically add performance or capacity in 90 seconds and continuously upgrade hardware without downtime or disruption to asset accessibility.
• Automated policy-based protection to optimize for rapid access or data center footprint delivering enterprise-grade durability while defending against ransomware attacks.
• Cross-platform collaboration and access enabled by Write/Read/Edit via HTTP, S3 or NFS interchangeably.
• Rapid asset retrieval and instant delivery via integrated search with the ability to add custom metadata.

Main Image: NEP’s control room where Caringo’s solutions are in use.

NetApp targets M&E workflows with ASE Cloud

NetApp is collaborating with ASE to expand the company’s ASE Cloud to the US, providing flexible cloud access for media and entertainment companies that need high bandwidth to manage massive HD files, which are often 4K and beyond.

ASE Cloud is built on NetApp StorageGrid Webscale, enabling ASE to offer object storage at an efficient cost per Gigabyte. The cloud service enables companies to manage and control their data in a public cloud without data egress fees, all managed through a web portal.

StorageGrid Webscale is a scale-optimized data solution that maximizes control over rich content, enabling secure and fluid movement. The software-defined object storage solution, says NetApp, allows customers to determine where and how their data is stored, depending on where it is in the content lifecycle. The solution also protects customer data with layered erasure coding, which combines node-level and geo-distributed erasure coding to efficiently prevent data loss.

ASE Cloud, powered by NetApp, is now available in the US.

Autodesk restructuring for cloud, subscription model, laying off 10%

Autodesk, via a press release on the BusinessWire, announced a restructuring plan intended to accelerate the company’s move to the cloud and its transition to a subscription-based business model. Through the restructuring, Autodesk seeks to reduce expenses, streamline the organization and reallocate resources to better serve its needs going forward. Part of this reduction of expenses means 10 percent of its workforce will be laid off — that’s about 925 positions — and certain leased facilities will be consolidated.

“As we progress through our business model transition, we continue to take a comprehensive look at our company to see where we can be more effective and efficient. To realize maximum value for both our customers and shareholders, and as a follow-on to previously discussed cost reduction actions, we are restructuring so we can focus resources on areas that will accelerate the move to the cloud and transition to a subscription-based business,” said Carl Bass, president/CEO of Autodesk.

Autodesk expects these actions will result in additional cost savings in fiscal 2017 and beyond, while reinvesting a portion of the savings in areas critical to its platform and business model transition. The company anticipates taking pre-tax charges of $85 million to $95 million in connection with the restructuring. Autodesk also expects to be at the high end or exceed its guidance ranges for billings, revenue, non-GAAP EPS, and net subscription additions for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.

“To be clear, the restructuring is not related to anything we are seeing in the macro-economic environment,” continued Bass. “We ended fiscal 2016 on a high note with very strong fourth-quarter billings growth and continued demand for our subscription offerings. Solid revenues, coupled with continued cost-controls, led to better than expected non-GAAP EPS during the quarter. I’m pleased we were able to deliver these results at such a critical moment in Autodesk’s transition.”

Additional details regarding the company’s fourth quarter financial results and restructuring plan will be provided on the company’s regularly scheduled earnings conference call.

postPerspective has questions in with Autodesk asking how this restructuring will affect the media and entertainment side of its business. More to come…