IBC 2017: Quantum to demo entry-level workflow storage system, Xcellis Foundation
Quantum has announced Xcellis Foundation, a high-performance, entry-level workflow storage system specifically designed to address the technical and budgetary requirements of small- to medium-sized postproduction facilities and corporate video departments. Based on Quantum’s industry-leading StorNext shared file system and data management platform, the new system delivers the benefits of enterprise-class Xcellis storage, including high performance and scalability, in a NAS appliance for under $25,000. By providing a more feature-rich alternative to other entry-level storage systems at a similar price point, Xcellis Foundation is ideal for smaller video production facilities that need the benefits of a shared workflow but have limited budgets to spend on shared storage.
“We’re offering a great entry-level product without sacrificing our customers’ ability to scale and grow their workflow storage systems,” says Keith Lisa, Senior Director, Media and Entertainment Solutions Marketing, Quantum. “Every component of the system can be scaled or changed as their needs evolve. It’s all the goodness of Xcellis, now available at a smaller starting point.”
With the latest-generation StorNext 6 software at its core, Xcellis Foundation offers smaller video facilities and workgroups significant performance, scalability and management benefits:
- a fast streaming file system, providing the essentials to working with higher video resolutions, including 1080p and 4K, without introducing complexity or unnecessary cost to the workflow;
- cost-effective IP connectivity over standard NAS protocols;
- advanced data management capabilities that optimize performance and maximize capacity across different storage tiers while assuring that content is always in the right place at the right time;
- seamless integration into a multi-tier storage infrastructure that includes flash, disk, nearline object storage, public cloud and tape archive;
- the ability to scale up and scale out through readily extended capacity, connectivity and redundancy; and
- simple installation and setup via a web-based GUI.
“Xcellis Foundation gives our reseller community exactly what it’s been wanting ― a Quantum StorNext-powered shared storage solution designed specifically for smaller video production environments,” says Nick Smith, Director of Technology, JB&A Distribution. “Combining easy NAS connectivity, 4K-ready performance and simplified setup and management, all at a cost-effective price point, Xcellis Foundation is a clear game-changer.”
“Xcellis Foundation was specifically designed to provide small- and medium-sized media facilities with the power of Quantum’s StorNext file system and data management platform in a NAS-based system at an affordable price,” says Keith Warburton, Founder and CEO, Global Distribution. “It enables them to easily take on more demanding work and provides the flexibility to continue growing in a very strategic and cost-effective manner.”
Flexible Configuration and Expansion Options
The 3U Xcellis Foundation system includes Quantum’s QXS disk storage chassis and Workflow Director appliance, which provides NAS connectivity and support for billions of files across up to 64 virtual file systems. Xcellis Foundation comes standard with 48 TB of raw capacity, and users can upgrade to 72 TB or 96 TB. When the time comes to scale the system, adding performance and capacity can be done easily, cost-effectively by simply connecting more storage. Connectivity is via dual 10 GbE or optional 40 GbE, and NAS protocol support is included with no per-seat licensing.
Quantum will highlight Xcellis Foundation at IBC 2017, Sept. 15-19, in Amsterdam (Stand 7.B27), and the new appliance will be generally available through Quantum and its reseller partners later this month.