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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 Data Protection, VM Backup & Archive

World Backup Day – More Important Than Ever

Finally – a day to celebrate everything about backup! We know that backups can sometimes be seen as a necessarily evil, but let’s face it – backing up and protecting data is more important than ever. Both for consumers at a personal level, but also for businesses, digital information is more valuable than ever. And the nature of backup is changing – the idea of ‘batch backup’ that businesses have employed for years is going away, with new technologies and approaches for storing and protecting data coming out all the time. It’s an interesting opportunity to reflect on where Quantum has been in the world of backup as a leader in various technologies, and now where we’re going as a storage company.
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In Data Protection, Media & Entertainment, Scale-out Storage

Will the Real “Solution” Please Stand Up?

Storage by itself is not a solution. Neither is a media management application. Nor is an editing application. By themselves, they are just products. But customers don’t want products, they want “solutions”. If you put these products together, you can give the customer what they want…a solution to their problem…provided they all work well together. That’s why we introduced the Quantum Advantage program. It is a program that enables our technology partners to work closely together with Quantum for the sole purpose of creating great solutions in the market. At Quantum, we have long worked closely with technology partners and today’s program launch takes our commitment and support to partners to a whole new level.
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In Scale-out Storage, Workflow Storage

Three Trends That Could Disrupt Your Workflow in 2015: 4K

In the fast-paced entertainment industry, the technology for both creating and consuming content can shift sharply and quickly. Making the right technology choices, at the right time, with well-timed implementation can mean the difference in moving your business forward or wasting a lot of time and budget fixing bad decisions, or worse, losing the business. These three market trends have the power to disrupt your workflow, but by making a few key decisions today you can transition smoothly in 2015, plus prepare for what’s to come in the future. In Pt.1 of the series we look at a technology that's going to be on everyone's mind at NAB 2015: 4K.
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In Data Protection, Scale-out Storage

CRN Channel Chiefs for 2015: Quantum’s Steve Burrows and Andy Brinck

For the 2nd year in a row CRN recognized Quantum's Steve Burrows, VP of America Channel Sales, as a who’s who of channel management; a leader who's heading up a Partner program that solution providers depend on to run their businesses. This year CRN also recognized Quantum's Andy Brinck, Senior Director for Channel Sales. Steve and Andy have been instrumental in navigating new business models, technology shifts and making sure Quantum partners succeed. Read on for more information about Steve and Andy as well as their thoughts on channel sales, yearly goals and channel sales advice.
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In Data Protection

The DXi6900: Lab Tested and Industry Approved

By now I’ve participated in quite a few lab validations with industry analysts, many of them testing the DXi-Series. It has been interesting to see the progression of the DXi as deduplication has evolved to take a more vital role in data center workflows, extending data protection to the cloud. Recently Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com awarded the DXi6900 the Silver medal in the 2014 Products of the Year backup hardware category, adding to the industry recognition the DXi has garnered since its introduction, and highlighting the role of the StorNext 5 file system in the appliance. Industry analyst Tony Palmer with ESG Lab has conducted more DXi lab validations than anyone and truly understands the deduplication marketplace, so he recently put the DXi6900 through its paces in a lab testing.
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In Archive Storage, Object Storage

Western Digital/HGST Acquires Amplidata: Object Storage is the Place to Be

As you may have heard already, there’s exciting news today in the object storage marketplace: Western Digital Corp., a leader in storage technology, announced that its HGST subsidiary is acquiring Amplidata, Quantum’s object storage technology partner. We’re happy for Amplidata and looking forward to expanded partnership opportunities with WDC and the HGST group. As a reminder, Quantum announced in 2012 that we were leveraging the performance and availability of Amplidata’s object storage technology by embedding it in our Lattus family of unique active archive solutions. Since that time, many Quantum customers have been able to increase the value of their data by extending cost-effective online access to massive volumes (PBs) of information, so let's look at how this announcement is great news for three major reasons.
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In Data Protection, VM Backup & Archive

Is DXi6900 the Silver Bullet for Your Growing Backup Pains?

Quantum's DXi6900 proudly received the Silver Award in Storage Magazine/SearchStorage.com's 2014 "Product of the Year Backup Hardware" category. This industry recognition comes just as industry analyst ESG released the results of their recent lab testing, validating DXi6900’s performance claims. Both the award and lab validation are a big deal for us and reinforce what we’ve already been hearing from our happy customers: DXi6900 is a high performance appliance that is very well suited to the needs of mid-size and enterprise-scale companies as well as managed service providers.
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In Media & Entertainment, Scale-out Storage

Field Report – HDR Video at the Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat

At the recent Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat the conversations and reporting centered on the expected technologies: 4K/UHD, laser cinema projection and the latest cameras. But one topic was a surprise: HDR video. This kind of ‘better than real life’ imagery is exactly what creative professionals are looking for. Imagine this complete range of dynamic lighting for imagery applied to an entire clip of video and you start to see why people are excited. But can this HDR technique be applied to post and broadcast video workflows?
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In Cloud Services, VM Backup & Archive

Choosing Which Secondary Data to Migrate to the Cloud – Part 1: Disaster Recovery

As I noted in an earlier blog, customers planning to move data applications (e.g., backup and archive) to the cloud must consider five key factors in selecting and migrating data. These are: Ongoing data transfer volume, expected frequency of ongoing data usage, data recall performance requirements, and application integration. In the next several blogs, I’d like to illustrate the importance of these factors by illustrating how they impact your design and planning as you migrate a few common data use cases to the cloud. The four use cases we’ll consider are: Site disaster recovery, data center off-site copy (for backup), compliance archive, remote site primary, archive and backup and ongoing management. Let’s start by looking at central site disaster recovery.
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In Media & Entertainment, Scale-out Storage, Workflow Storage

Reasons to Upgrade to StorNext 5: Liquid Metadata

When you work in a StorNext collaborative environment every day, you can take for granted what goes on behind the scenes to make its cross-platform, simultaneous workflows possible. How do you manage user access and file transfers to the shared storage seamlessly? It turns out that managing users wanting to access to files on a shared resource is one of the hardest computer challenges and a direct, high-performance, controlled group access to shared folders requires a Storage Area Network or SAN. The way StorNext delivers this "magic" is by ensuring that a highly redundant ‘controller' managers the users, permissions and file traffic. And with the recent release of StorNext 5, the critical area of storing and managing this metadata received a dramatic performance improvement thanks to three main innovations.
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In Cloud Services, Data Protection

Keep It Simple: The Cloud is Just Another Tier

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the launch of Quantum’s new cloud-related services and products – Q-Cloud Archive, Q-Cloud Vault and Q-Cloud Protect for AWS. I participated by joining some panel discussions with Quantum’s Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, StorNext Solutions, and Bassam Tabbara, Executive Director, Cloud Services. One of the over-riding themes in our panel discussion was the idea of putting data where it makes the most sense from a cost and performance perspective. If this sounds a lot like the good --well, not really – old days of hierarchical storage management (HSM), that’s because the basic concept is the same. One of the differences today is that we now have the cloud as another tier in the storage hierarchy.
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In Cloud Services, Scale-out Storage

Public Cloud: Now Compatible with M&E Workflows

As ubiquitous as the cloud is today, it has taken time to get there. Even in enterprise IT, you wouldn’t characterize the adoption of cloud services as universal and all-encompassing. Functions that seem obvious and mundane like cloud-based IT storage backup and cloud-based virtualized software development went through periods of careful ROI analysis. So it is with cloud for media and entertainment. If you feel like you’re behind the curve in leveraging cloud in your M&E operations, you’re not alone and it comes down to two factors: ecosystem and workflow.
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In Cloud Services, Workflow Storage

5 Issues You Must Consider in Planning to Move Data to the Cloud

Businesses of all size are increasingly starting deployments of cloud-based data, driven by the promises of greater agility, lower management cost and capital savings. It just makes sense. When both compute and data move together – in lockstep – to the cloud, the issues to be considered are very similar to deploying or migrating an onsite application. But when the major compute operations are staying onsite and only the data is moving offsite (such as for backup, disaster recovery or compliance archive), the deployment can be more complex. In this scenario, operational executives must consider five key issues to ensure a successful experience – including meeting customer service level agreements (SLAs) and staying within budget. Based on the use case you are planning, you must consider these 5 issues.
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