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

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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In Media & Entertainment, Scale-out Storage

Upgrade your Apple Xsan Environment with Cantemo, 1303 Systems and StorNext

If you have an aging Apple Xsan environment or need a robust asset management environment that Cantemo Portal can deliver, you can’t miss this opportunity to chat informally with folks from all three companies over a beer. Come to the Goose Island Brewery in Chicago or the Cambridge Brewing Company in Boston to hear more about how 1303 Systems, Cantemo and Quantum can help improve collaborative media workflows and extend the value of your content.
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In Cloud Services, Scale-out Storage

Cloud Innovation is Transforming the Traditional Data Center

The enterprise has been at the center of IT innovation for many decades. With an emphasis on reliability, business continuity, security and ROI, the enterprise has challenged software and hardware vendors to continuously innovate to meet such high demands. Today, we are announcing three more cloud offerings: Q-Cloud Archive, Q-Cloud Vault and Q-Cloud Protect for AWS. We believe that the industry is witnessing a transformational shift in enterprise IT, and we are excited to enable customers to easily and seamlessly add cloud storage to their existing storage and collaboration workflows.
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In Archive Storage, Data Protection

A Perfectly Rational Approach to Data Hoarding

People and the companies they work for hoard data - it's a fact brought out in survey after survey. Hoarders are not always proud of their habit and are often curious about the options available. Contrary to popular belief, in many cases it is OK to hoard data. Sometimes it is necessary, and in many cases the data being saved can be of great value to the company. Having clarity on the purpose and requirements in your own organization will provide insight into best practices for maximizing the value of the content you keep with the greatest efficiency. There are four hoarder personas: Pacifist, Captive, Opportunist and Capitalist. Take a look and decide which of these best describes your situation, then get ideas on best practices and technologies for your situation.
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In Data Protection, Government

Tips On How To Prepare for a Data Breach

The cybersecurity headlines have gotten bigger, bolder, and more prevalent as 2014 draws to a close. Not surprisingly, as a result of these costly cyber incidents, there has been much discussion about how to prevent—how to detect—and how to prepare for cyber attacks, including my recent article in InformationWeek’s Wall Street & Technology: "5 Tips On How To Prepare For A Data Breach."
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In Cloud Services, Data Protection, Media & Entertainment, Scale-out Storage

Closing an Exciting Year with a Big Thank You to our Customers and Partners

As we approach the close of the year, it’s natural to take a moment to reflect on the year’s events. This year, there’s more than ever to appreciate. Whether we consider product awards, new solution offerings, compelling new customer installations, or overall business growth, 2014 has arguably been one of the most exciting years in Quantum’s 30+ year history. I want to highlight a few of these – and take a minute to thank you – our customers and partners – for a great year! So let’s review….
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