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Quantum to Showcase Latest in StorNext Storage Architecture

March 19th, 2015 Posted in News Roundup By SVG Staff

Quantum will showcase the StorNext shared storage architecture that includes online storage, extended online storage and tape and cloud archives — all powered by StorNext 5. The company also will highlight StorNext Connect, a new management and monitoring console developed for the StorNext platform with a new user interface that provides an at-a-glance dashboard of the entire StorNext environment.
Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 12.52.55 PMStorNext 5 is the next-generation workflow storage platform designed by Quantum to support content production, distribution and archive with the performance and reliability operations need to meet extreme production and delivery deadlines. Because StorNext 5 has been engineered from the ground up to deliver superior performance in high-resolution, collaborative post and broadcast workflows, this end-to-end solution can both simplify and accelerate monetization of content in digital libraries.

“The products we’re bringing to the 2015 NAB Show offer flexible, forward-looking solutions for addressing real-world challenges,”says Alex Grossman, Vice President, Media and Entertainment at Quantum.”Our new Q-Cloud Archive service gives users a straightforward and effective means of leveraging the cloud to their best advantage. Plus, our Lattus extended online storage system, StorNext Pro Foundation, and new StorNext QXS-5600 disk array provide robust solutions for improving efficiency in modern, high-resolution workflows and other demanding environments. With these exciting new enhancements to the StorNext 5 platform and our StorNext 5 integrated ecosystem demonstration, we’ll have a lot to talk about at NAB.”

New Q-Cloud Archive Solution
Quantum Q-Cloud Archive seamlessly extends StorNext end-to-end workflow capabilities to the cloud, allowing StorNext environments to fully leverage cloud storage with no additional hardware, separate applications or programming, while maintaining full compatibility with existing software applications.

Q-Cloud Archive adds flexible, safe and secure off-site cloud archiving of valuable content to StorNext workflows. Users buy only the capacity they need and only as they need it, keeping assets archived long-term for re-monetization or simply as an off-site asset pool.

Unlike other cloud services that require complex setup, third-party gateways or unfamiliar software, Q-Cloud Archive works seamlessly with existing workflows. Users don’t have to worry about application compatibility or a learning curve.

StorNext Pro Foundation — Low-Cost, High-Performance Integrated Shared Storage
Quantum has extended its line of StorNext Pro Solutions with StorNext Pro Foundation, a complete, low-cost, integrated shared storage solution designed specifically for new users or new deployments in the post, broadcast, corporate and government video sectors.

StorNext Pro Foundation gives small to mid-sized production workgroups a powerful and attractively priced solution for managing assets from ingest to delivery to archive at any scale. The underlying StorNext 5 platform ensures that the solution can adapt as workflows evolve so that users can ingest more content from multiple camera sources, create more content and deliver it on time while preserving owned content for future monetization.

StorNext Pro Foundation offers high performance and full Xsan compatibility, an ideal pairing for smaller workgroups looking to renew or upgrade, as well as for current StorNext users wishing to add smaller remote and local workgroups for graphics, rendering and EFX. The solution is available in system configurations of 48TB and 96TB, which respectively support five and seven Xsan/Windows/Linux SAN clients. StorNext Pro Foundation connects seamlessly with the company’s new Q-Cloud Archive service to simplify extension into cloud-based storage as desired.

Extended Online With Lattus Object Storage
Modern, high-resolution workflows come with increased complexity — a greater number of ingest points, more delivery formats, many transcode steps and a significant dependency on quality control steps. Just handling the volume of content and large file sizes can lead to slowdowns, inconsistent operation and potentially risky asset loss situations.

Quantum extended online offers an answer to these challenges by seamlessly extending storage and workflow operations onto a low-latency, massively scalable Lattus object storage system. Extended online storage creates a parallel workflow for non real-time operations — such as ingest, transcode, rendering and delivery — by using IP connections to separate their network traffic from that of streaming real-time operations such as editing, color correction and audio sweetening.

StorNext 5, working with MAM and workflow production applications, can steer assets and content to Lattus to maximize workflow efficiency and prevent slowdowns and bottlenecks. Because of Lattus’ object storage technology, longer-term content can be maintained safely and with greater durability than RAID, with nearly unlimited scalability. Non real-time operations can take place on Lattus with no impact on normal workflow operations. Once content is ready for long-term archive, it can be seamlessly moved or copied to tape archives or Q-Cloud Archive in an automated fashion. Using this model, users can maximize not only the efficiency of their operations but also their investment in storage technology.

StorNext QXS-5600 High-Capacity, High-Density Storage
During the 2015 NAB Show, Quantum will feature the new StorNext QXS-5600, a high-capacity, high-density disk array that provides extremely cost-effective storage for customers managing an increasing number of large files containing high-resolution video, images or other rich content. The StorNext QXS-5600 is ideal work-in-process storage for a wide variety of applications including 4K and 8K video production. It delivers enterprise-class performance, redundancy, availability and manageability. Providing up to 336TB of raw capacity in 4U — as much as twice the storage capacity per rack unit of smaller disk arrays — the StorNext QXS-5600 reduces the space, power and cooling required to support high-performance applications and introduces a new level of value within Quantum’s disk offerings.

Quantum StorNext Demonstration at the 2015 NAB Show

StorNext 5 Integrated Ecosystem — Seamless Connections With Third-Party Solutions
With ongoing refinement of its StorNext 5 workflow storage platform and the company’s Web services API layer, Quantum has eliminated the difficulty of building ecosystems that incorporate the growing number of components critical to today’s media workflows. At the 2015 NAB Show, the company will demonstrate how StorNext connects seamlessly to MAMs, NLEs, and other critical tools to address the new challenges accompanying work with higher resolutions and greater volumes of content. Quantum also will show how, through such integrations, StorNext users can more easily access and optimize multiple stages of workflow storage to meet increasing performance and efficiency requirements.

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