An interview from the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas with Molly Presley of Quantum. Quantum is a global expert in workflow-optimized storage technologies and data management solutions. Quantum’s StorNext® is the industry’s leading collaborative content production and archive platform, providing a unique combination of performance, low-cost capacity and easy access for content creators and owners ranging from the smallest post houses to the world’s largest media brands. In this interview Molly talks about Quantum’s latest innovations for demanding storage workflows, including major new enhancements for its Xcellis® workflow storage family and the StorNext® shared file system and data management platform.
The new Xcellis® Scale-out NAS solution, which delivers the highest levels of storage performance and scalability in a cost-effective, Ethernet-based appliance. Powered by Quantum’s StorNext® shared storage and data management platform, the multiprotocol, multiclient Xcellis Scale-out NAS appliance unites robust media and metadata management with industry-leading scalability and unmatched performance to support content creators’ most demanding collaborative workflows and ease their transition to IP-based infrastructure.
A single Xcellis Scale-out NAS system performs up to three times better than that of the market’s next best NAS offering. An Xcellis NAS cluster can scale performance and capacity together or independently to reach hundreds of petabytes in capacity and more than a terabyte per second in performance, while costing a fraction of a comparable Fibre Channel SAN solution.
StorNext 6 software demonstrates Quantum’s ongoing leadership in workflow storage — with a particular focus on extending collaboration globally and providing new data management options. StorNext 6 highlights include the following:
• FlexTier™ Public and Private Cloud Access — The new FlexTier cloud-access feature for StorNext makes it easy to integrate existing public-cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage (private cloud) into a StorNext environment. As a result, content owners can get all the content access and visibility benefits provided by StorNext, protect their investments in a cloud-based archive and reduce the cost and complexity of cloud storage administration.
• FlexSpace™ Shared Archive — Addressing the challenges of global “always-on” production workflows, the new FlexSpace feature allows multiple instances of StorNext, located anywhere in the world, to share a common content repository. As a result, any user within a StorNext environment can access, browse and pull files from the shared workspace. With this game-changing new capability, a creative team member working in one city can create content that is automatically stored to the common repository and make it immediately available for further work by team members in other cities.
• FlexSync™ Multisite Synchronization — FlexSync™ is a powerful new capability that provides a fast, flexible and simple way to synchronize content between multiple StorNext systems. FlexSync supports one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-one file-replication scenarios, and can be configured to operate on specific files, specific folders or entire file systems. By leveraging enhancements in file-system metadata monitoring, FlexSync recognizes changes instantly and can immediately begin reflecting those changes on another system located anywhere in the world.
At the 2018 NAB Show, Quantum also featured Xcellis® Foundation, its high-performance, entry-level workflow storage system specifically designed to address the technical and budgetary requirements of small- to medium-sized postproduction facilities and corporate video departments. Powered by StorNext®, the new system delivers the benefits of enterprise-class Xcellis storage, including high performance and scalability, in a NAS appliance for under US$25,000. By providing a more powerful, more feature-rich alternative to other entry-level storage systems at a similar price point, Xcellis Foundation is ideal for smaller video production facilities that need the benefits of a collaborative workflow but have limited budgets.
aiWARE™ for Xcellis is a new hybrid on-premises and cloud version of the best-in-class artificial intelligence (AI) platform from Veritone. This solution allows users to leverage the power of Veritone’s best-of-breed cognitive analytics, in areas such as object recognition; optical character recognition and transcription to extract hidden value from their video and audio content stored on Quantum appliances.