BVE 2017: New workflow and shared storage features from Quantum
By: Fergal Ringrose
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 12:22 pm

On Stand G15 at the BVE show in Excel February 28 to March 2, Quantum will showcase the power of its StorNext platform across the full media life cycle, including production, content management, and delivery and archive workflows. The company will highlight StorNext 5.4, released in December 2016, and how it brings greater efficiency and flexibility to media content management. Quantum also will feature the award-winning Xcellis workflow storage system, demonstrating unique capabilities including its ability to support embedded applications, and highlight the company’s massively scalable, low-latency Lattus object storage system.

StorNext 5.4: New release of Quantum’s workflow storage platform
StorNext 5.4 features an array of enhancements. A new feature in StorNext FlexTier makes it easy to integrate existing public cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage (private cloud) — starting with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING — as archive tiers in a StorNext-managed media environment. Users thus can protect their prior investments while reducing the cost and complexity of cloud storage administration.

The platform’s new Dynamic Application Environment (DAE) supports embedded applications in self-contained virtual machines, with a hypervisor dynamically allocating resources as needed to guarantee both storage and application performance. As a result, StorNext 5.4 users can leverage the converged storage architecture of Xcellis shared storage to reduce the time, cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining applications. StorNext 5.4 also provides users with new connectivity options for Xcellis workflow storage — quad 16Gb Fibre Channel and dual 40Gb Ethernet — as well as new NAS capabilities such as NFS 4.0.

Xcellis shared storage powered by StorNext
Quantum will showcase its Xcellis workflow storage system and demonstrate how the unique converged capabilities of this solution empower users to boost their efficiency, productivity and creativity in delivering the products and services that drive their businesses. Xcellis consolidates media management, extends connectivity options for both Fibre Channel and Ethernet clients, and supports hosted applications in a single hardware solution that greatly enhances productivity in collaborative media environments. Working with a growing array of technology partners and application providers, Quantum is continually extending the ways in which Xcellis can optimise end-to-end workflows.

Based on the powerful StorNext 5 platform, Xcellis facilitates flexible configuration of performance and capacity. The solution supports online work-in-process, ingest and delivery, and archive through Quantum’s portfolio of Lattus object storage, LTO tape and cloud access through StorNext FlexTier. In addition to providing exceptional performance and reliability, Xcellis enables continuous scalability that not only reduces the cost and complexity of storage deployment and maintenance, but also enables future expansion in an intelligent, sophisticated manner.

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