Quantum has updated its Xcellis storage environment, which allow users to ingest, edit, share and store media content. These new appliances, which are powered by the company’s StorNext platform, are based on a next-generation server architecture that includes dual eight-core Intel Xeon CPUs, 64GB memory, SSD boot drives and dual 100Gb Ethernet or 32Gb Fibre Channel ports.
The enhanced CPU and 50% increase in RAM over the previous generation greatly improve StorNext metadata performance. These enhancements make tasks such as file auditing less time-intensive, support an even greater number of clients per node and enable the management of billions of files per node. Users operating in a dynamic application environment on storage nodes will also see performance improvements.
With the ability to provide cross-protocol locking for shared files across SAN, NFS and SMB, Xcellis targets organizations that have collaborative workflows and need to share content across both Fibre Channel and Ethernet.
Leveraging this next-generation hardware platform, StorNext will provide higher levels of streaming performance for video playback. Xcellis appliances provide a high-performance gateway for StorNext advanced data management software to integrate tiers of scalable on-premise and cloud-based storage. This end-to-end capability provides a cost-effective solution to retain massive amounts of data.
StorNext offers a variety of features that ensure data-protection of valuable content over its entire life-cycle. Users can easily copy files to off-site tiers and take advantage of versioning to roll back to an earlier point in time (prior to a malware attack, for example) as well as set up automated replication for disaster recovery purposes — all of which is designed to protect digital assets.
Quantum’s latest Xcellis appliances are available now.
Quantum has made enhancements to its Xcellisscale-out storage appliance portfolio with an upgrade to StorNext 6.2 and the introduction of NVMe storage. StorNext 6.2 bolsters performance for 4K and 8K video while enhancing integration with cloud-based workflows and global collaborative environments. NVMe storage significantly accelerates ingest and other aspects of media workflows.
Quantum’s Xcellis scale-out appliances provide high performance for increasingly demanding applications and higher resolution content. Adding NVMe storage to the Xcellis appliances offers ultra-fast performance: 22 GB/s single-client, uncached streaming bandwidth. Excelero’s NVMesh technology in combination with StorNext ensures all data is accessible by multiple clients in a global namespace, making it easy to access and cost-effective to share Flash-based resources.
Xcellis provides cross-protocol locking for shared access across SAN, NFS and SMB, helping users share content across both Fibre Channel and Ethernet.
With StorNext 6.2, Quantum now offers an S3 interface to Xcellis appliances, allowing them to serve as targets for applications designed to write to RESTful interfaces. This allows pros to use Xcellis as either a gateway to the cloud or as an S3 target for web-based applications.
Xcellis environments can now be managed with a new cloud monitoring tool that enables Quantum’s support team to monitor critical customer environmental factors, speed time to resolution and ultimately increase uptime. When combined with Xcellis Web Services — a suite of services that lets users set policies and adjust system configuration — overall system management is streamlined.
Available with StorNext 6.2, enhanced FlexSync replication capabilities enable users to create local or remote replicas of multitier file system content and metadata. With the ability to protect data for both high-performance systems and massive archives, users now have more flexibility to protect a single directory or an entire file system.
StorNext 6.2 lets administrators provide defined and enforceable quotas and implement quality of service levels for specific users, and it simplifies reporting of used storage capacity. These new features make it easier for administrators to manage large-scale media archives efficiently.
The new S3 interface and NVMe storage option are available today. The other StorNext features and capabilities will be available by December 2018.
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.