Quantum To Introduce And Demo New Advances In Storage And Workflow Solutions At 2017 NAB Show


Quantum, based in San Jose, California, is one of the leading workflow and storage companies in the world having served such prestigious clients as CERN, the BBC, Duke University, the Baltimore Ravens and NASA to name just a small few. For the 2017 NAB Show, however, Quantum will be keeping its top slot with advanced products and demonstrations that will be industry shifting. Quantum will showcase the company’s continued leadership in workflow-optimized storage, giving attendees a look at several key enhancements that boost workflow efficiency and agility. Quantum will highlight its award-winning Xcellis workflow storage solutions, recently enhanced with lab-validated 4K reference architectures for facilities of all sizes, and including all-flash storage configurations that maximize performance for high-quality 4K streams including uncompressed formats.

Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out tiered storage, archive and data protection, providing intelligent solutions for capturing, sharing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. They help customers maximize the value of these assets to achieve their goals, whether it’s top movie studios looking to create the next blockbuster, researchers working to accelerate scientific discovery, or small businesses trying to streamline their operations.


Also to be unveiled at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Quantum will feature new shared-archive workflow architectures that enable distributed teams to collaborate worldwide through digital content libraries. Together, these enhancements give users greater control over storage performance across the entire facility, enable exceptional efficiency and productivity for 4K workflows, facilitate seamless access to content for geographically distributed creative teams, and simplify use across operating systems.

Senior director for media and entertainment at Quantum, Dave Frederick, said that, “At the 2017 NAB Show we will showcase significant new capabilities within the StorNext platform and 4K reference architectures built on Xcellis workflow storage that empower users to take workflow efficiency and productivity to a higher level. We look forward to demonstrating how these advances make it easier and more cost-effective for media facilities of all sizes to embrace demanding projects, including 4K work, and to increase the productivity of their collaborative workflows within and across StorNext-enabled sites.”

One of Quantum‘s major demonstrations at the 2017 NAB Show (Booth SL 5705, SL5810) will be their Live Multistream 4K Color Correction and Editorial Workflows. Within the presentation theater on Quantum‘s 2017 NAB Show booth, the company will provide hourly demonstrations of live multistream 4K color correction and editorial workflows. Showcasing the performance leadership of Xcellis and other Quantum storage systems, these demonstrations will give attendees a firsthand look at the remarkable performance levels that can be achieved with the optimal hardware configuration, supported by the powerful StorNext platform.


Other Quantum products featured at the show will include:

New Xcellis 4K Reference Architectures
Following exhaustive real-world 4K testing, Quantum will unveil new 4K reference architectures, suitably scaled for facilities small to large. In the testing, all Xcellis solutions easily handled intense 4K workloads, reflecting industry-leading capabilities for streaming 4K to collaborative teams of content creators. The testing included characterization of large- and small-form-factor disk drives, a variety of array configurations and a full complement of compressed and uncompressed 4K formats. The resulting reference architectures have been tuned to deliver predictable stream count workloads for the full range of 4K formats.

Xcellis Workflow Storage With All-Flash Options
Quantum will also demonstrate how Xcellis leverages the power of StorNext and the performance of all-flash arrays to get the most out of both technologies. StorNext is well-known for enabling users to maximize workflow efficiency. This is no different with flash when it comes to meeting or exceeding the needs of the most demanding workflows, with use cases such as color correction or high-end compositing and finishing deriving the greatest benefit.

Collaborative Workflows via Shared Archive
Quantum will showcase new capabilities that allow multiple StorNext-powered collaborative workflows located anywhere around the world to access the same archive target. As a result, any user within a StorNext environment can access, browse and pull files from the shared archive. With this game-changing new capability, a creative team member working in one city can create content that is automatically stored to the archive and immediately available for further work by team members working elsewhere without it being expressly shipped or explicitly transported to them.


FlexTier(TM) Public and Private Cloud Access
Quantum will highlight its newly released FlexTier cloud access feature, which makes it easy to integrate existing public cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage (private cloud) into a StorNext environment and into familiar media workflows. FlexTier currently supports Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING as archive tiers. As a result, content owners can get all the content access and visibility benefits provided by StorNext, protect their investments in private cloud object storage systems and public cloud storage services, and reduce the cost and complexity of cloud storage administration.

For Rob Clark, Quantum‘s Senior Vice President for Product Operations, knows it’s all about having a passion and wanting to help customers solve particular challenges when he says that, “Our commitment to advancing technology starts with our customers. As we hear customer challenges and changing business needs, it inspires continued development that adds meaningful value from streamlining post-production workflows, enabling mission-critical data analysis or improving efficiency in the data center. From our most recent acquisition of Symform Cloud technology to our 650+ industry patents, including the development of the pioneering patent for variable-length data deduplication, we are committed to continual innovation to solve the next generation of challenges.”

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