Quantum Corporation has announced a new StorNext architecture and a new line of StorNext appliances that simplify how organisations manage, store and protect their video content, imagery, and business-critical data. The Quantum H4000 Series of appliances combines the latest hardware technology with the company’s signature StorNext software, the world’s fastest file system for video workloads. This offering is based on a simplified and converged architecture that accelerates time to value, reduces power and cooling costs, eliminates networking complexity and makes it easier to deploy StorNext for edge processing, remote production, and, in the core data centre.
Matt Leib, Research Director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC, said, “IDC’s forecast for global data creation and replication shows a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% over the 2020-25 forecast period. With this type of data growth, customers across a wide range of applications need simplified and consolidated architectures such as StorNext to store more data in less space and at lower costs.”
In addition to dramatic improvements in networking complexity and IT administration, the solution introduces significant reductions in space and energy consumption – a critical need as unstructured data sprawl challenges organisations of all sizes. By consolidating multiple components onto a single appliance, StorNext 7 software on the H4000 Series delivers a 66% reduction in components over traditional data centre instalments. This efficiency reduces needed rack space by 50%, reducing power and cooling costs, and conserving physical space.
Kevin Bass, Chief Engineer, a52, said, “As a long-time StorNext user, I am excited to have access to a new architecture that eliminates major roadblocks for us, such as server complexity, rack space, and energy costs. The compact design makes it an ideal solution for our LA and New York studios, where space and power are big considerations.”
In conjunction with the new H4000 Series platform, Quantum continues to enhance its StorNext File System software to provide the best user experience. The latest StorNext 7 innovations introduce user-focused interfaces and capabilities to make administration easy—even from remote locations.
Ed Fiore, General Manager, Primary Storage, Quantum, said, “Organisations that manage large amounts of data have long valued StorNext for its industry-leading performance and data management capabilities. With this new architecture, we’ve made it easy for any organisation to leverage StorNext to improve collaboration, accelerate their workflows or production pipelines, and manage their unstructured data from ingest through to archive – without the need to deploy a storage network. Finally, this new architecture unlocks the future potential to run certified applications like the Quantum CatDV media asset management software on the same server, which will further simplify media workflows and other use cases.”