New StorNext Software Enhances Performance for Demanding Workflows and Enables Integrated Low-Cost, Long-Term Cloud Archives
Quantum Corp. today announced StorNext 5.3, the latest version of its industry-leading scale-out storage platform, providing a range of advanced data management capabilities optimized for demanding workflows. In addition to powering the company’s new Xcellis™ high-performance workflow storage solution, StorNext 5.3 also supports Quantum’s new Q-Cloud® Vault service and incorporates end-to-end encryption for all Q-Cloud offerings, enabling StorNext® users to take advantage of secure, low-cost public cloud storage for long-term retention and protection of digital assets. Along with Quantum’s Artico™ NAS archive appliance, also powered by StorNext, these new solutions allow customers to deploy advanced, multi-tier storage architectures that combine on-premise, high-performance storage for the most performance-dependent tasks with off-premise, highly scalable storage for low-cost, long-term archive. StorNext ensures that assets reside in the storage tier that best matches the workflow requirement and maintains complete visibility and accessibility to all assets regardless of physical location.
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The ability to store and manage ever-greater volumes of data, including larger and larger files, is a key challenge today, most notably in meeting requirements for high performance, low cost and quick, easy access. These requirements are particularly evident in highly demanding workflow environments such as video production, intelligence, surveillance and scientific research. Through its focus on multi-tier storage solutions and a unique ability to support hybrid on-premise/off-premise storage all managed by the new StorNext 5.3, Quantum enables users to meet these requirements without having to make trade-offs or compromises among them.
Q-Cloud Vault: Low-Cost, Long-Term Archive in the Cloud
Fully integrated as a tier within workflows powered by StorNext, Q-Cloud Vault provides low-cost, Quantum-managed “cold storage” in the public cloud. Benefits include:
Automated, policy-based data movement to the cloud.
No need for additional hardware, separate applications or programming.
End-to-end encryption — on the client side, in transit and at rest in the cloud.
Full user control of encryption keys and data access.
Straight-forward pricing and billing directly from Quantum.
Quantum world-class service and support.
Q-Cloud Vault incorporates Amazon Glacier storage for lower-cost, long-term data storage and is a complement to Quantum’s Q-Cloud Archive™ service, which leverages Amazon S3 as a storage tier for more active archive data.
Greater Storage Flexibility and Workflow Efficiency
In addition to powering the new Xcellis and Q-Cloud Vault storage solutions, StorNext 5.3 also gives users of any StorNext-based deployment new options for managing data, including Alternate Store Location, a highly configurable feature that facilitates the automatic copying of files to multiple sites or storage tiers, including on ingest of the data. For example, a video file from a surveillance camera can be copied to high-performance disk storage for on-site analysis and concurrently archived to remote tape or cloud storage for long-term retention and disaster recovery. Then, when the analysis is completed, the file can be deleted from the more expensive on-site storage while the archive copy is preserved without any further action required.
StorNext 5.3 also provides full support for the latest generation of LTO tape systems and devices (LTO-7).
StorNext 5.3, Xcellis workflow storage and Q-Cloud Vault are all available today. StorNext 5.3 can also be immediately deployed on existing Quantum StorNext Pro™ Solutions, StorNext M-Series appliances and Artico NAS archive appliances.Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, StorNext Solutions, Quantum