NASA selects Quantum’s StorNext content management and storage system

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

Quantum Corp has announced that its StorNext scale-out storage platform will serve as the foundation for NASA’s new Content Management & Storage System at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Vencore Inc., the prime contractor on the KSC Engineering Services Contract, has awarded a contract to systems integrator StorExcel to deploy a solution combining StorNext, IPV’s Curator digital asset management system, and Telestream’s Vantage media processing platform.

The integrated solution will enable the Kennedy Space Center to centralise, manage and preserve all its digital content, including footage from high-speed cameras used during launches, video from surveillance cameras, production video, digital prints and still imagery. The StorNext-based Content Management & Storage System has passed factory acceptance testing and is ready for deployment within a new data centre being constructed at the Kennedy Space Center.

StorNext is optimised for the most demanding workflows, providing a combination of the industry’s fastest streaming file system performance and long-term data management for the lowest possible total cost of ownership (TCO). This low TCO is achieved through automated movement of content to the most cost-effective storage tier based on access requirements, all managed within a single solution.

The StorNext system to be deployed by NASA provides multitier storage, including a metadata appliance, primary disk storage and an archive-enabled tape library. In combination with IPV Curator and Telestream’s Vantage system, StorNext will enable the agency to: manage more than 15 different digital formats across the entire content lifecycle (import, transcode, process, distribute, export and retention/preservation); search, preview and access any of the content through a secure web-based interface; and scale to more than 10PB of storage capacity.

Lance Hukill, president of StorExcel, comments: “When it comes to meeting the storage needs of demanding workflows, StorNext is far superior to any other scale-out storage solution. In addition to providing the highest performance, lowest possible TCO and anytime/anywhere access to data, it works seamlessly with other leading technologies in an extremely powerful ecosystem — as is the case here with IPV Curator and Telestream Vantage.”

Geoff Stedman, senior vice president, StorNext Solutions, Quantum, adds: “NASA is a longtime StorNext customer, and we look forward to working with StorExcel, IPV and Telestream to deliver the Content Management & Storage System that will enable the agency to maximise the value of their digital content in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”

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