Quantum enhances StorNext Data Management benefits with public cloud, object storage



Quantum Corp. announced Tuesday new enhancements to its StorNext scale-out file system that take unstructured data management to higher levels of efficiency and flexibility. These enhancements in StorNext release 5.4 include the ability to integrate existing public cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage, starting with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING, as tiers in a StorNext-unified namespace.

It also features embedded application deployment in StorNext appliances, leveraging industry-standard virtualization technology to simplify integration with asset manager, data management and data sharing applications.

A new feature in StorNext Storage Manager enables users to move data into and out of their public cloud accounts and/or existing third-party object storage (private cloud), extending their StorNext-managed, tiered storage environment, protecting prior investments and reducing the cost and complexity of cloud storage administration.

StorNext 5.4 boosts Quantum’s scale-out storage portfolio over the past two years, as the company continues to focus on delivering high-performance, cost-effective, multi-tier solutions for managing unstructured data in highly demanding environments. During this time, Quantum has also built on its long-standing leadership in media and entertainment and expanded its market reach in areas such as video surveillance, genomics, academic research and government security. As a result, the company’s scale-out storage revenue has grown rapidly — 56 percent year-over-year in the most recently completed quarter, which represented the 21st consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.

StorNext 5.4 currently provides support for AWS (S3, Glacier, GovCloud, C2S) and Microsoft Azure and also offers a connection to the Google Cloud through standard S3 protocol. Augmenting Quantum’s own Lattus object storage, StorNext 5.4 includes support for NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING, and Quantum plans to add integration for other object storage offerings.

Dynamic Application Environment (DAE) is a virtual computing space on StorNext-powered Xcellis workflow storage appliances that enables applications to run within the high-performance, shared storage environment. By eliminating the need for dedicated servers and additional networking, the DAE reduces the time, cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining applications.

A new Xcellis configuration includes SSD-based metadata storage at a lower price for smaller deployments with high-performance requirements.

StorNext 5.4 is currently shipping with all newly purchased Xcellis, StorNext M-Series and StorNext Pro offerings, as well as Artico archive appliances. It is available at no additional cost for StorNext 5 users under current support contracts.

The massive growth in unstructured data continues unabated, driven by advances such as 4K video cameras and the proliferation of IoT sensor technology, and the ability to analyze and leverage this data is an increasingly critical component of an organization’s business or mission. IT professionals face an ongoing challenge of how to manage and retain this data, making it accessible when needed.

Long used for bandwidth-intensive video capture, production and distribution workflows, StorNext is increasingly being deployed by data-intensive enterprises around the globe for a broad range of use cases, including technical computing and big data analytics in imaging environments such as genomics, academic research and video surveillance; real-time editing and manipulation of massive media datasets for entertainment; high-performance archive with large-scale content repositories.

StorNext provides a unique combination of streaming file system performance using automated, policy-based data management through StorNext Storage Manager for cost-effective tiering across primary disk, object storage, tape and the cloud. It comes with heterogeneous OS support including Windows, Linux, Unix and MacOS. It also delivers multi-protocol support, including Fibre Channel, Ethernet, InfiniBand, iSCSI, NFS, SMB/CIFS and S3.

StorNext has been deployed in more than 120,000 clients, and its customers that includes large media companies such as U.S. broadcast networks, Airbus Defence and Space, AOL Huffington Post, Baylor College of Medicine, BBC Sport, Calgary Police Service, CERN, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, MLB Network, NASA, NIH, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame and UFC.

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