Quantum Unveils Scale-out NAS for IP Workflows

The Xcellis Scale-out NAS targets high-resolution, high-volume media workflows such as collaborative 4K editing and visual effects creation. To meet this challenge, content creators have traditionally utilized high-throughput SAN solutions because NAS offerings were unable to provide adequate performance. Quantum however claims its Xcellis Scale-out NAS increases productivity.

“A single Xcellis Scale-out NAS appliance performs at least three times better than that of the market's next-best NAS offering,” states Keith Lissak, senior director, Media and Entertainment Solutions Marketing, Quantum. “An Xcellis 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. When deployed as part of a multitier StorNext infrastructure ― which can include object, tape and cloud storage ― Xcellis Scale-out NAS can cost as little as 1/10 that of an enterprise-only NAS solution with the same capacity.” 

The onboard StorNext software provides automatic tiering between flash, disk, tape, object storage and public cloud. Copies can be created for content distribution, collaboration, data protection and disaster recovery. 

“Xcellis is the industry's only storage appliance that can integrate artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to enable users to extract more value for their assets through the automated creation of metadata,” adds Lissak. “The system can actively interrogate data across multiple axes to uncover events, objects, faces, words and sentiments, automatically generating new, custom metadata that unlocks additional possibilities for the use of stored assets.”  Xcellis Scale-out NAS costs starts at under $100 per terabyte (raw).

"Media professionals have been looking for a solution that combines the performance and simplified scalability of a SAN with the cost efficiency and ease of use of NAS. Quantum's new Xcellis Scale-out NAS platform bridges that gap. By affordably delivering high performance, petabyte-level scalability and advanced capabilities such as integrated AI, Xcellis Scale-out NAS is the ideal solution for migrating to all-IP environments without the need to compromise in any way."

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