Quantum Solutions Integrate the Cloud into Multi-Tier, Hybrid Storage Architectures
Quantum announced three new solutions that integrate the cloud into multi-tier, hybrid storage architectures for demanding data workloads. Rejecting the generic one-size-fits-all approach common among many other cloud offerings, the new Q-Cloud solutions enable customers to leverage Quantum’s intelligent data management software to store data in the cloud when it makes the most sense for a given workflow or application. Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault incorporate the power of the public cloud as an off-site tier within a Quantum StorNext 5 workflow environment, while Q-Cloud Protect for AWS enables customers using Quantum’s DXi deduplication appliances to replicate data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. With all three offerings, customers can realize the full benefits of the cloud without having to make changes to existing applications or processes.
“Effective data management is about putting data in the right place at the right time with the right technology, guided by a customer’s workflow or application,” says Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, StorNext Solutions, Quantum. “That’s why we designed our new Q-Cloud solutions to be deployed in broader, intelligently managed hybrid architectures that enable customers to optimize the use of both on-premise and cloud storage in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.”
Today’s Cloud: Compelling Advantages but Limited Adoption in Demanding Workflows
By providing advantages such as shifting capital expense to operating expense, reducing management time and enabling users to scale up or down as needed, the cloud is clearly transforming traditional IT strategies. However, the cloud has played a limited role for organizations with complex, data-intensive workflows — for example, capturing and evaluating satellite images, producing and distributing high-resolution video, and collecting and analyzing network traffic for cybersecurity defense. These demanding workflows require reliable, secure, high-performance infrastructure that is tightly integrated with applications — which most cloud offerings don’t provide. In addition, the inherent latency of the cloud and the significant costs that can arise in accessing large amounts of data in the cloud create challenges for customers in managing what data is stored there.
The Power of Quantum’s Multi-tier, Hybrid Approach
Taking into account both the benefits and challenges of the cloud, Quantum’s approach is to enable customers to combine public cloud storage with on-premise storage in a multi-tier, intelligently managed, application-centric architecture. Rather than treat the cloud as a passive repository or the answer to all needs — as is common among many providers — Quantum integrates the cloud as an active tier in a hybrid storage infrastructure driven by application requirements. This comprehensive approach provides customers with an optimal mix of performance, access, scale and efficiency and is the basis for not only today’s Q-Cloud announcements but also innovative new cloud offerings Quantum is currently developing.
Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault: Easy, Flexible and Reliable
Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault are public cloud storage services delivered by Quantum, with Q-Cloud Archive providing fast, on-demand access to data in the cloud and Q-Cloud Vault offering “cold storage” for long-term data retention and disaster recovery. Key features and benefits beyond general cloud advantages include:
• Full integration as a tier in StorNext 5-managed workflows, with automated, policy-based data movement
• No additional hardware, separate applications or programming needed
• Agility in addressing changing workload demands
• Reliability of global public cloud infrastructure
• Straight-forward pricing and billing directly from Quantum
• Secure, encrypted data in transit and at rest
• Quantum world-class service and support
StorNext customers can also use Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault in conjunction with Quantum’s Lattus extended online storage, including moving data from a Lattus object storage technology-based private cloud on premise to Q-Cloud.
Q-Cloud Protect for AWS: Extending DXi Data Protection to Amazon Cloud
Offered as a subscription service through the Amazon Marketplace, Q-Cloud Protect for AWS enables customers to replicate from either a physical or virtual DXi appliance on premise to a virtual DXi instance in the AWS cloud. Key features and benefits include:
• Easy access to the Amazon public cloud and its benefits, with no changes to applications or processes
• Cost savings enabled by the most efficient method of data deduplication
• Support for U.S. federal government customers using AWS GovCloud
• Secure, encrypted data in transit and at rest
Q-Cloud Archive is available immediately in the Americas, EMEA and APAC, while Q-Cloud Vault will be available in the second half of this year. Q-Cloud Protect for AWS will be available next quarter.