Quantum Announces Entry-Level NAS

The StorNext-Powered Xcellis Foundation costs under $25,000 and is aimed at smaller facilities and corporate video departments

Based on the firm’s StorNext shared file system and data management platform, the new system “provides a more powerful, more feature-rich alternative to other entry-level storage systems at a similar price point.”

Xcellis Foundation is claimed ideal for smaller video production facilities that need the benefits of a shared workflow but have limited budgets to spend on shared storage.

The 3U system includes Quantum's QXS disk storage chassis and Workflow Director appliance, which provides NAS connectivity and support for billions of files across up to 64 virtual file systems. It comes standard with 48 TB of raw capacity, and users can upgrade to 72 TB or 96 TB. When the time comes to scale the system, adding performance and capacity can be done by connecting more storage. Connectivity is via dual 10 GbE or optional 40 GbE, and NAS protocol support is included with no per-seat licensing.

According to Keith Warburton, Founder and CEO, Global Distribution, "Xcellis Foundation was specifically designed to provide small- and medium-sized media facilities with the power of Quantum's StorNext file system and data management platform in a NAS-based system at an affordable price. It enables them to easily take on more demanding work and provides the flexibility to continue growing in a very strategic and cost-effective manner."

Keith Lissak, Senior Director, Media and Entertainment Solutions Marketing, Quantum, said, “We're offering a great entry-level product without sacrificing our customers' ability to scale and grow their workflow storage systems. Every component of the system can be scaled or changed as their needs evolve. It's all the goodness of Xcellis, now available at a smaller starting point."

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