CCW 2014: Quantum To Unveil StorNext Pro Foundation

Quantum is further extending its line of StorNext Pro Solutions with StorNext Pro Foundation, a complete entry-level, integrated shared storage solution designed specifically for new customers or new deployments in the post, broadcast, corporate and government video sectors. Built on the proven StorNext 5 workflow storage and collaboration platform, StorNext Pro Foundation brings the capabilities of Quantum’s award-winning storage solutions to a new audience of media professionals.

Ready to deploy within new or existing Fiber Channel networks, 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. The underlying StorNext 5 platform ensures that the solution can adapt as the workflow evolves, enabling users to 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 new solution will be available in initial system configurations of 48-TB and 96-TB systems, which respectively support five and seven Xsan/Windows/Linux SAN clients.

“The unveiling of StorNext Pro Foundation at CCW reflects the continued expansion of our StorNext Pro Solutions product family to address customers’ evolving workflow needs,” says Alex Grossman, VP, Media and Entertainment, Quantum. “We’re seeing significant interest in these StorNext 5-powered solutions, and we look forward to demonstrating how StorNext Pro Foundation meets a pressing industry demand for uncompromising performance in small and mid-sized content-creation environments.”

StorNext 5 Workflow Storage Platform
StorNext 5 is the next-generation workflow storage platform designed by Quantum to support content production, distribution and archive with the performance, scalability and flexibility needed to meet extreme production and delivery deadlines. Because StorNext 5 has been engineered from the ground up to deliver superior performance in collaborative post and broadcast workflows, this end-to-end solution can both simplify and accelerate monetization of the content in digital libraries.

During CCW 2014, Quantum will showcase the StorNext high-performance shared storage architecture with elements including metadata appliances, primary storage, extended online storage and tape archives all powered by StorNext 5.

Extended Online With Lattus Object Storage
Re-monetization has changed the economics of content creation, bringing new value to legacy content, but requiring it to be more readily accessible than ever before. In addition, re-monetization adds complexity to the workflow by introducing more “non-real-time” operations like transcoding, delivery and rendering. A new class of storage that Quantum calls “extended online” is needed to enable real-time and non-real-time operations to occur efficiently in the same storage infrastructure.

Quantum’s Lattus extended online storage creates a parallel workflow for non-real-time operations by adding IP and HTTP REST interfaces to native StorNext compatibility to separate their network traffic from that of streaming real-time operations such as editing, color correction, EFX, audio sweetening and finishing, which require a high-speed guaranteed real-time bandwidth Fibre Channel. With Lattus extended online storage, content owners can efficiently access content for re-monetization from the same StorNext infrastructure used for content creation. And because it’s built with object storage technology, Lattus provides petascale capabilities to meet the extreme scalability, durability and budget requirements of large-scale, long-term content libraries.

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