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Quantum Upgrades StorNext 5 Shared Stored File System Solution

January 31, 2014

Looking to strengthen its workflow management software and find new markets, Quantum (News - Alert) released two StorNext 5 metadata appliances designed to expand the capabilities of its storage and data protection solution.

The first, called StorNext M445 SSD, uses flash technology to reportedly achieve a 7x boost in metadata operations. The second, StorNext M660XL, improves capacity with support for as many as 5 billion files.  StorNext M660XL also provides 100 percent compatibility with Apple (News - Alert) Xsan as well as integrated scale-out IP connectivity for Windows and Linux workstations, according to the company.

Typically used in data-heavy operations like broadcasting, media and video production, StorNext 5 is Quantum’s shared storage file system, tiered storage and archive solution. Because media content projects often involve large file collections with variable sizes and types, customers use the solution for content production, distribution and archiving as well as to monetize content in their digital libraries.

The company also announced that current StorNext metadata appliance owners under service contract can receive a StorNext 5 upgrade for free.

While the new metadata appliances improve the performance of StorNext 5, the upgrades also indicate that the company is looking to expand from the media and entertainment market, exploring other potential industries that manage large quantities of data.

Quantum provides specialized storage solutions including virtual and physical server data protection, cloud backup and recovery, tiered storage, object storage and big data management. Besides media and entertainment, the company is targeting customers in health and life sciences as well as science and engineering industries.

“With more than two years of development in modernizing every component of StorNext to take advantage of the newest system architectures and technologies -- beginning with flash metadata storage -- the results are stunning and deliver dramatically new levels of performance and scalability,” said Alex Grossman, Quantum vice president, media and entertainment.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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