NAB 2018

NAB 2018: Quantum To Present New Xcellis Enhancements

At the 2018 NAB Show, Quantum will present its latest innovations for demanding storage workflows, including major new enhancements for its Xcellis workflow storage family and the StorNext shared file system and data management platform. 

“In the past year we’ve introduced significant enhancements to our Xcellis workflow storage, bringing enterprise-class storage for collaborative workflows to a broader range of creative facilities and offering NAS storage performance that’s triple that of the nearest competitor. Through our extensive and growing partner ecosystem, we’re both enabling greater efficiency in handling content across the storage environment and empowering Xcellis users to leverage AI to better understand and monetize their content. At the 2018 NAB Show, we’ll also highlight powerful options within StorNext 6 and how they support valuable capabilities such as content synchronization, the sharing of content across multiple sites and the scaling and optimization of performance across the content-creation facility,” Molly Presley, vice president of marketing at Quantum says.

New Xcellis Scale-out NAS Platform
Quantum will showcase its new Xcellis Scale-out NAS solution, which delivers the highest levels of storage performance and scalability in a cost-effective, Ethernet-based appliance. Powered by Quantum’s StorNext shared storage and data management platform, the multiprotocol, multiclient Xcellis Scale-out NAS appliance unites media and metadata management with scalability and performance to support collaborative workflows and ease the transition to IP-based infrastructure.

A single Xcellis Scale-out NAS system performs up to three times better than that of the market’s next best NAS offering. An Xcellis NAS cluster can scale performance and capacity together or independently to reach hundreds of petabytes in capacity and more than a terabyte per second in performance, while costing a fraction of a comparable Fibre Channel SAN solution.

StorNext 6 Release
StorNext 6 software demonstrates Quantum’s ongoing leadership in workflow storage — with a particular focus on extending collaboration globally and providing new data management options. StorNext 6 highlights include the following:

  • FlexTier Public and Private Cloud Access — The new FlexTier cloud-access feature for StorNext makes it easy to integrate existing public-cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage (private cloud) into a StorNext environment. As a result, content owners can get all the content access and visibility benefits provided by StorNext, protect their investments in a cloud-based archive and reduce the cost and complexity of cloud storage administration.
  • FlexSpace Shared Archive — Addressing the challenges of global “always-on” production workflows, the new FlexSpace feature allows multiple instances of StorNext, located anywhere in the world, to share a common content repository. As a result, any user within a StorNext environment can access, browse and pull files from the shared workspace. With this game-changing new capability, a creative team member working in one city can create content that is automatically stored to the common repository and make it immediately available for further work by team members in other cities.
  • FlexSync Multisite Synchronization — FlexSync is a powerful new capability that provides a fast, flexible and simple way to synchronize content between multiple StorNext systems. FlexSync supports one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-one file-replication scenarios, and can be configured to operate on specific files, specific folders or entire file systems. By leveraging enhancements in file-system metadata monitoring, FlexSync recognizes changes instantly and can immediately begin reflecting those changes on another system located anywhere in the world.

Xcellis Foundation Entry-Level NAS Appliance for Media Workflows
At the 2018 NAB Show, Quantum will also feature Xcellis Foundation, its 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. Powered by StorNext, 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 powerful, 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 collaborative workflow but have limited budgets.

aiWARE for Xcellis: Veritone AI Platform in the StorNext Environment
aiWARE for Xcellis is a new hybrid on-premises and cloud version of the best-in-class artificial intelligence (AI) platform from Veritone. This solution allows users to leverage the power of Veritone’s best-of-breed cognitive analytics ― in areas such as object recognition, optical character recognition and transcription ― to extract hidden value from their video and audio content stored on Quantum appliances.

ClarityNow for Xcellis
During the 2018 NAB Show, Quantum will feature ClarityNow for Xcellis, a powerful integration of DataFrameworks’ ClarityNow data management system with Xcellis workflow storage. Together these technologies allow users not only to look at the physical nature of their storage environment, but also to establish policies so that files are moved in a way that yields the most capacity. By scanning content in near-real time, building an index of that content and then grouping similar content into collections, the integrated solution makes it easier to attach exact costs to storage related to specific content and projects. As a result, studios and other content creators can keep specific groups of content in the most economical and appropriate storage medium.