Quantum Promotes Collaborative Workflows

​Enhancements to the Xcellis workflow storage line and the StorNext shared file system and data management platform are the chief news from Quantum leading into NAB.

Quantum’s new Xcellis Scale-out NAS solution is powered by the StorNext shared storage and data management platform. A single system is claimed to perform 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 software has a particular focus on extending collaboration globally and providing new data management options. It features FlexTier, a new cloud-access feature making it easier 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.

Also in the software update is FlexSpace Shared Archive which allows multiple instances of StorNext, located anywhere in the world, to share a common content repository.

FlexSync is a powerful new capability that synchronizes content between multiple StorNext systems.

Also from Quantum in Las Vegas is the Xcellis Foundation, its high-performance, entry-level workflow storage system addressing the technical and budgetary requirements of small- to medium-sized postproduction facilities and corporate video departments. Powered by StorNext, the system is said to deliver the benefits of enterprise-class Xcellis storage, including high performance and scalability, in a NAS appliance for under US$25k.

There’s also an integration with DataFrameworks' ClarityNow data management system. This permits 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.

"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,” says Molly Presley, vp Marketing. “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 NAB, 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."

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