Quantum Shows 4K Workflows

Quantum will highlight a new 4K reference architecture and its newly released FlexTier cloud access feature.

Quantum will unveil new 4K reference architectures, suitably scaled for facilities small to large. In its testing the Xcellis solutions “easily handled intense 4K workloads”, for streaming 4K. The tests included "characterization of large- and small-form-factor disk drives, a variety of array configurations and a full complement of compressed and uncompressed 4K formats". The resulting reference architectures have been tuned to deliver predictable stream count workloads for 4K formats.

A live multistream 4K color correction workflow will be demoed on its 2017 NAB booth.

Quantum will also demonstrate how Xcellis uses StorNext and the performance of all-flash arrays to get the most out of both technologies. “StorNext is well-known for enabling users to maximize workflow efficiency,” says the firm. “This is no different with flash when it comes to meeting or exceeding the needs of the most demanding workflows, with use cases such as color correction or high-end compositing and finishing deriving the greatest benefit.”

The storage specialist will showcase new capabilities that allow multiple StorNext-powered collaborative workflows located anywhere to access the same archive target. As a result, any user within a StorNext environment can access, browse and pull files from the shared archive. With this capability, a user working in one city can create content that is automatically stored to the archive and immediately available for further work by team members working elsewhere without it being expressly shipped or explicitly transported to them.

FlexTier cloud access feature, which makes it easy to integrate existing public cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage (private cloud) into a StorNext environment, is also shown. FlexTier supports AWSMicrosoft Azure, Google Cloud, NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING as archive tiers.

“As a result, content owners can get all the content access and visibility benefits provided by StorNext, protect their investments in private cloud object storage systems and public cloud storage services, and reduce the cost and complexity of cloud storage administration,” says the firm.

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