Quantum StorNext 5.4 Expands Cloud Options

Quantum StorNext 5.4, the latest release of the company’s workflow storage platform includes the ability to integrate existing public cloud storage accounts and private cloud (third-party object storage). Another new feature enables users to deploy applications embedded within StorNext-powered Xcellis workflow storage appliances.

One of the most significant enhancements is a new feature in Quantum StorNext Storage Manager that offers automated, policy-based movement of content into and out of users’ existing public and private clouds while maintaining the visibility and access that StorNext provides. As a result, customers can protect their prior investments and reduce the cost and complexity of cloud storage administration, the company says.

Supported cloud platforms include AWSMicrosoft Azure, Google Cloud, NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING – as archive tiers in a StorNext-managed media environment.

Benefits include the ability to leverage integrated cloud transfer acceleration, a broad selection of third-party WAN acceleration tools and high-speed connectivity options for high-volume data transfers.

By enabling applications to run inside its Xcellis Workflow Director, Quantum’s new Dynamic Application Environment (DAE) capability in StorNext 5.4 allows users to leverage a converged storage architecture “to reduce the time, cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining applications”.

This approach to application deployment is said to eliminate the need for dedicated servers and networking resources and helps users take full advantage of their compute resources. There’s support for both Windows and Linux Virtual Machines. Another 10 companies have certified their applications for deployment on Xcellis or are in the process of doing so: AsperaCatDVCantemoElementsEvolphinFocal Point Server, GlookastIPVMetus and Telestream.

StorNext 5.4 provides fresh connectivity options for Xcellis workflow storage – quad 16Gb Fibre Channel and dual 40Gb Ethernet – as well as new NAS capabilities such as NFS 4.0. There’s also support for a broader range of flash-based metadata controllers, including lower-price options for smaller deployments with high-performance requirements.

In conjunction with the release of StorNext 5.4, Quantum has refined its StorNext Connect management tools with an app-based framework that facilitates the independent installation, operation and updating of individual components while they are online.

StorNext 5.4 is currently shipping with all newly purchased Xcellis, StorNext M-Series and StorNext Pro Solutions offerings, as well as Artico archive appliances. It is available at no additional cost for StorNext 5 users under current support contracts.

Quantum has gathered third party support for its release including Dalet where Eran Zeitoun, Solutions Infrastructure & Integration Services Manager, says, “We’ve worked with Quantum for a long time, using the StorNext APIs to help our customers get the most out of their scale-out storage systems. Now, with StorNext 5.4 and its rich enhancements to archive targets and connectivity, Dalet users working with Xcellis can take full advantage of our media asset management software while improving flexibility and performance.”

Dave Frederick, Senior Director of Media and Entertainment, Quantum says “One of the key challenges in today’s media workflows is managing the ever-growing volume of higher-resolution video content. StorNext 5.4 enables users to extend their StorNext multi-tier storage environment and achieve even greater workflow efficiency, flexibility and cost savings.”

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