Quantum Enhances Xcellis Storage Platform

Quantum announced significant enhancements to the Xcellis scale-out storage appliance portfolio:

  • StorNext 6.2 bolsters performance for 4K and 8K video while enhancing integration with cloud-based workflows and global collaborative environments.
  • NVMe storage significantly accelerates ingest and other aspects of media workflows.

These enhancements reinforce Xcellis as the solution of choice to ingest, edit, share, and store rich media content for thousands of customers worldwide.

“The new economy increasingly requires the ability to manipulate and manage rapid real-time types of unstructured data,” says Molly Presley, Vice President, Product Management and Global Marketing, Quantum. “Whether editing multiple streams of high-resolution content in multiple formats, reams of information produced by commuters on their way to work, or the flood of data from hundreds of sensors on an autonomous vehicle, this broad Xcellis platform refresh provides the storage foundation to effectively preserve, manage, and protect this valuable data.”

NVMe Storage Builds on Industry Leading Ingest Performance
Quantum’s Xcellis scale-out appliances have long been trusted to deliver high performance to increasingly demanding applications and higher resolution content. The introduction of NVMe storage to the Xcellis appliances offer performance with unmatched 22 GB/s single-client, uncached streaming bandwidth. Leveraging Excelero NVMesh technology, combined with StorNext, all data is accessible by multiple clients in a global namespace, making it easy to access and cost-effectively share flash-based resources.

Most Comprehensive SAN and NAS Access – Now with Protocol Locking
As more organizations depend on broad collaboration among their staff to meet project deadlines and workflows extend from on-premise into the cloud, being able to effectively manage and access data across complex, hybrid environments has become a requirement for modern file systems. Now with the ability to provide cross protocol locking for shared access across SAN, NFS,, and SMB, Xcellis is the only scale-out solution for media and entertainment that delivers shared content and files across SAN and NAS — creating the optimal solution spanning both fibre channel and Ethernet solutions to meet a wide variety of client requirements.

Integration with S3 Cloud-enabled Workflows
Quantum now offers an S3 interface to Xcellis appliances, enabling them to serve as targets for applications designed to write to RESTful interfaces. Organizations gain greater flexibility to use Xcellis as either a gateway to the cloud or as an S3 target for web-based applications.

New Cloud-Based Monitoring Tool Delivers Insights, Maximizes Uptime
With storage environments becoming increasingly complex, users need more powerful tools to proactively manage their storage resources. Xcellis environments can now be managed with a new cloud monitoring tool that enables Quantum’s support team to proactively monitor critical customer environmental factors, speed time to resolution and ultimately increase uptime. When combined with Xcellis Web Services – a suite of services that enables users to set policies, adjust system configuration, and more – overall system management is simplified and streamlined.

Quantum StorNext 6.2 includes new cloud-based monitoring tools.

Enhanced Multi-Site Data Synchronization
Available with StorNext 6.2, enhanced FlexSync replication capabilities enable users to create local or remote replicas of multi-tier file system content and metadata with industry-leading performance. With the ability to protect data for both high-performance systems as well as massive archives, users now have more flexibility to protect a single directory or an entire file system.

Bolstered Functionality for Media Archives
Organizations that provide storage as a service to departmental users require additional management tools to support their business processes. StorNext 6.2 enables administrators to provide defined and enforceable quotas, implement quality of service levels for specific users, and allows for simplified reporting of used storage capacity. These new features make it easier for administrators to efficiently manage large-scale media archives.

The new S3 interface and NVMe storage option are both available today. Other StorNext features and capabilities described in this release will be available by December 2018.

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