Quantum Unveils Cloud-Based NVMe Storage Platform

The new F-Series line of non-volatile memory express (NVMe) flash drives supports ultra-fast reads and writes and massive parallel processing and is for studio editing, rendering, and other performance-intensive workloads. Quantum says it’s the most significant product launch its done in years because it’s the first based on the Quantum Cloud Storage Platform.

Incorporating the latest Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) networking technology, the F-Series provides direct access between workstations and the NVMe storage devices. By combining these hardware features with Quantum’s Cloud Storage Platform and its StorNext software the F-Series delivers end-to-end storage for post and broadcast.

This platform is a stepping stone for Quantum to move to a more software-defined ‘hyperconverged’ architecture, and is at the core of additional products it will be introducing later.

The first product in the F-Series is the Quantum F2000 a 2U, dual node server with two hot-swappable compute canisters and up to 24 dual-ported NVMe drives. Each compute canister can access all 24 NVMe drives, and includes processing power, memory, and connectivity specifically designed for the highest performance and availability.

The F-Series is based on the Quantum Cloud Storage Platform, a software defined block storage stack integrated with StorNext.

“StorNext improves collaboration through comprehensive multi-protocol access, protects data through advanced replication and copy functionality, and offers automated tiering of data to capacity-optimized storage,” says Jamie Lerner, President and CEO, Quantum. “This allows customers to reduce total cost of ownership and maximize the value of content across its entire life-cycle for cutting edge workflows such as those found in postproduction for real-time editing of 4K and 8K content and sports environments with tens to hundreds of cameras generating content. The F-Series is capable of handling multiple concurrent ingest streams and playing out this content in real-time.”

Lerner adds, “The F-Series can be deployed in animation and visual effects studios that require extremely high IOPs and low-latencies between large-scale render farms and the storage subsystem.”

Jason Paquin, CEO at Chesapeake Systems: “With 4K being the new normal, and 8K coming on the horizon, NVMe enables creatives to prepare for the future while keeping infrastructure costs under control. Quantum’s F-Series NVMe appliance could be the silver bullet media production houses have been waiting for to solve the performance problem posed by 4K and UHD workflows.”

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