Gartner's Magic Quadrant
When it comes to deduplication, we're challenging the status quo. Learn why Gartner named us a Challenger in Deduplication solutions.
Object Storage for a Petabyte Archive?
New digital acquisition technologies are changing the way we save our data. Are you ready for "PetaScale" storage?
Mission Critical Workflows
Government agencies face challenges like massive data growth and shrinking budgets - so how are they modernizing their storage?
Storage and the Big Game
Live sports production generates tons of data, and broadcasters are struggling to find the right technology for storing, managing, and protecting video content.

Insights from Quantum’s experts on scale-out storage, archive and data protection 

In Government, Media & Entertainment, Scale-out Storage, Workflow Storage

Telling the StorNext 5 Story

I love telling the StorNext 5 story. It’s satisfying to see a customer sit up straighter in their chair when the light bulb goes off, when they grasp what StorNext can do for them. To see them lean forward when they figure out how StorNext can address their challenges managing high-performance workflows, at scale, within budget. Without dropping a packet. Without dropping a frame. This week we rolled out a new and compelling set of StorNext 5 Scale-out Storage pages on our Quantum dot com website. If you already know and love StorNext 5, I hope you will think we did it justice. If you are wondering what StorNext 5 is, I hope the new pages answer your questions—clearly and cogently.
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In Archive Storage, Media & Entertainment, Scale-out Storage, Workflow Storage

Modern Sports Production – Managing the Crush of Content

Capturing the drama and excitement of live sports has become the ultimate high-wire act in modern television production. Consider the pressures of covering a live event with no second takes, millions of highly discriminating and knowledgeable customers scrutinizing your every move, and that every play has the potential to make history. Yet this competitive pressure has evolved the modern sports production workflow in to a marvel of efficiency where creative storytellers wrap the drama of the moment with compelling storylines, insights and statistics that deepen our appreciation of the game and can dip into an ocean of past games and content to round out the storylines of the moment. The challenge of course is this: How can you manage the crush of new content, make sure its tightly integrated with your existing asset management and production automation, and scale to meet your projected growth without disrupting your operations?
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In Archive Storage, Government, Scale-out Storage

ACRI-ST Relies on StorNext 5 to Preserve Environmental Data for Mankind

ACRI-ST, a space agency partner of the European Commission and the European Space Agency, provides satellite mission solutions, including simulations and environmental forecast prototyping, and operates environmental data centers that provide vital decision-making support to public agencies and local authorities. To manage and preserve the massive amount of valuable sensor data collected by Sentinel-3, ACRI-ST chose a Quantum StorNext 5 scale-out storage system. StorNext is a proven, cost-effective choice for these types of hard data management challenges that require scale, speed, and sharing.
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In Archive Storage, Data Protection, LTO Tape Libraries

On the Road to 120TB per Cartridge

Yes – you saw that correctly. The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (of which Quantum is one of three TPCs) has published their updated road map and it shows a stunning potential of 120 TB per single cartridge for generation 10 of LTO technology. That is 600 times the capacity released for the first generation of LTO technology. The road map announcement is timely as the IBC show takes place this week and the theme of that show is “Content Everywhere”. While IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) is a vertically oriented event (broadcast vertical), the theme is relevant across many industries. How many of you are not in the broadcast industry but are experiencing a huge swell in the amount of content under management in your own organization?
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In Archive Storage, Government, Scale-out Storage

Talking Network Forensics and Cybersecurity on Federal News Radio

My Fed colleagues tell me that their favorite morning news station for the D.C. beltway commute is Federal News Radio (1500 on your AM dial). So I was thrilled when I was invited to talk to Tom Temin on the “Federal Drive” morning news show about Cybersecurity and Network Forensics. With the latest Home Depot breach still fresh in the news, we talked about the growing awareness that breaches are going to happen, and the importance of putting robust incident response plans in place—in advance.
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In Media & Entertainment, Scale-out Storage, Workflow Storage

StorNext Pro Studio: The Solution for Aging Xsans

Like so many mid-sized media facilities, a recent customer I talked with was relying on Apple Xsan for shared storage supported by Apple Xserve RAID. They had nearly a dozen Mac clients and running Final Cut Pro with high-speed SAN access to the shared content, plus another handful of users downloading content on the Xsan through a Mac client acting as a file server. It was a pretty typical setup for an efficient, collaborative media workflow. Unfortunately, they had a pretty typical problem too. Apple built the last of its Xserve servers In January 2011, which means all Xserves are over three years old and closing in on the typical end-of-life for servers. The server alternatives available from Apple don’t offer the redundancy features that reduce downtime, and with the short production cycles and rigid deadlines in the news business that’s a risk they couldn’t take. So like so many others, this customer took the server upgrade as an opportunity to rethink their workflow.
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In Archive Storage, Cloud Services, Government, Scale-out Storage, Workflow Storage

Police Body Cameras – Managing Data Storage for an Extra Set of Eyes

Recent very public incidents involving residents and police have sparked a conversation of the value of equipping police with on-body video surveillance—not for security monitoring, but to provide law enforcement and citizens with a single source of truth. Cambridge University recently completed a study of the police department in Rialto, California—a city of about 100,000—where they saw an 89% reduction in the number of complaints against officers in a year-long trial using body cameras. Without accurate video evidence taken at the point of an incident, it becomes almost impossible to know what really happened. And in the absence of visual proof, assumptions run wild and events can spiral out of control.
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In Data Protection, Deduplication

Quantum in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant – Challenging the Status Quo

Gartner just published their first annual Magic Quadrant for the deduplication appliance market, and I think it’s an accurate portrayal of the market, as well as good validation of Quantum’s DXi deduplication technology. The Magic Quadrant itself is shown below (the full report can be obtained via Gartner), and Quantum was the only vendor ranked as a “Challenger.” This is a great ranking for Quantum and based on Gartner’s methodology this reflects a strong ability to execute, capable products, and the financial resources to sustain continued growth. The strengths that Gartner highlights in their report validate our technology and some of our key differentiation.
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In Archive Storage, Government, Scale-out Storage, Workflow Storage

Shining a Light on Government Information Workflows

Working with our federal customers and sales team to solve complex storage challenges, it’s become clear to me that government agencies are under pressure to modernize their storage infrastructure. No more silos. No more stovepipes. Yes to collaboration. Agencies face a bevy of challenges: massive data growth, shrinking budgets, increased user expectations—as well as technology advances in sensors, analytics, mobile, and cloud—all of which stress traditional IT. To modernize storage infrastructure (and to do it effectively) involves a spectrum of different tools and techniques: e.g. converging backup & archive—consolidating data centers—taking advantage of new cloud technologies—and mixing tiers of flash, disk, object, cloud, and tape to enable collaboration, within budget, at scale.
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In Cloud Services, Media & Entertainment, Scale-out Storage, Workflow Storage

Introducing StorNext Connect

Since they were first introduced over a decade ago, shared storage solutions have been the industry standard for sharing content in media workflows, enabling teams to collaborate more effectively. With shared storage, multiple users can directly access content across a SAN connection at the same speed as direct-attached storage. Shared storage has the power to stream high-resolution content to team members at rates high enough to never drop a single frame. That’s where a fully-featured management platform like StorNext Connect comes in. StorNext Connect allows you to install, manage and monitor all your StorNext shared storage resources—storage, CPU, memory, network—in an intuitive graphical view.
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In Data Protection, Deduplication, VM Backup & Archive

Backup is Busted – Live from VMworld 2014

We’re really excited for VMworld this week - once again one of the best opportunities to showcase our technologies and the ways that we are helping customers rethink how they protect VMware data, as well as other data types. At VMworld, we’ll be talking about how “Backup is Busted.” What does that mean? Backup is Busted means that batch backup is not designed for protecting virtual servers, or other specialized, challenging data like large unstructured file content. When it comes to virtual servers and VMware data, we’ll be showcasing our vmPRO and DXi-V deduplication technology, which uses a unique approach to protecting VM’s. Rather than the traditional, network-and-resource intensive approach of doing batch backups in proprietary formats, vmPRO snaps VMs in native format, first prepping the VMs for maximum data reduction and network savings. vmPRO uses the native tools available in VMware, instead of treating VM’s like physical servers.
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In Data Protection, Deduplication, VM Backup & Archive, Workflow Storage

Where to Deduplicate, and How to Keep it Simple

Deduplication is now widely recognized as a proven technology in the datacenter. In fact, it seems to be cropping up everywhere – from flash arrays to backup applications, and of course disk backup appliances. There’s no end in sight for structured and unstructured data growth, and with the proliferation of technology like deduplication, it is not unusual that the level of complexity increases, as does the challenge to keep it in check. A good first step is to recognize where deduplication can best be applied. Here are a few of the considerations.
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In Archive Storage, Cloud Services, Workflow Storage

Quantum Acquires the Symform Cloud Storage Platform

Today, Quantum announced the acquisition of the Symform cloud storage platform, serving over 45,000 customers. As a Quantum customer, or prospect, why should you care? For years, customers have relied on Quantum, as a specialist in scale-out storage, backup and archive, to deliver the best workflow and target storage. These target devices have been everything from cost-effective managed Scalar tape libraries, to highly scalable online Lattus object storage, to extremely efficient DXi disk deduplication appliances. In combination with our ISV partners, we’ve delivered workflow, backup and archive solutions with high quality end-to-end support. Survey after survey has shown that customers trust Quantum to deliver the most cost-effective, successful solutions for their storage use cases. But in the new world, there are increasingly cases where customers need the target device to be a cloud service.
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