Quantum Expands New Flash-Based StorNext 5 Appliance

Quantum Corp. has expanded its StorNext platform with two new StorNext 5 metadata appliances. The new StorNext M445 SSD leverages flash technology to maximize the benefits of StorNext 5, the company’s completely re-architected solution.

QuantumThe StorNext M445 SSD significantly raises the performance bar with a 7x boost in metadata operations. A second new metadata appliance, the StorNext M660XL, offers greater capacity and scale with support for up to 5 billion files, 100 percent compatibility with Apple Xsan, and fully integrated scale-out IP connectivity for Windows and Linux workstations.

“Quantum clearly has a strong understanding of the business and operational demands of today’s all-digital content workflow,” says Nicholas Stokes, chief technology officer, XPlatform Consulting. “They’ve taken the industry-leading StorNext platform and elegantly re-architected it to meet modern workflow environments. It takes advantage of the newest technologies, making it blazingly fast and effective when sharing large amounts of video for editing and repurposing.”

In addition to introducing the two new metadata appliances, Quantum also announced that StorNext 5 is now available to existing StorNext appliance users, enabling greater efficiencies in their media workflows. StorNext 5 provides optimized support for IP, NAS, SAN and cloud-based networks, up to 10x higher performance, native object storage and LTFS support, and 5x greater scale. Along with unparalleled speed and flexibility, StorNext 5 also enables seamless access and cost-effective management of shared content in a 100 percent digital, end-to-end workflow.

StorNext 5 appliances are designed with modern digital workflows in mind. Because it serves as the underlying platform for extremely fast sharing and moving content from ingest to archive and back, StorNext 5 is highly optimized to provide the flexibility, scale and performance required for the unique characteristics of video and other types of unstructured content in varying file sizes.

“The new StorNext 5 appliances truly unleash the potential of StorNext 5 for broadcasters and post production professionals and are ready to meet their toughest workflow challenges,” says Alex Grossman, vice president, Media and Entertainment, Quantum. “With more than two years of development in modernizing every component of StorNext to take advantage of the newest system architectures and technologies — beginning with flash metadata storage — the results are stunning and deliver dramatically new levels of performance and scalability. We are excited to see what our customers will create on the StorNext 5 optimized appliance platform.”

Current StorNext metadata appliance owners under service contract can receive a StorNext 5 upgrade for free.


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