M ay and June have been an active time for Quantum’s technical workflow solutions team as we wind down from the Bio-IT World Conference in Boston and prepare for the ISC high-performance computing (HPC) show coming up later this month in Frankfurt.
The Bio-IT show really reinforced my thinking about the emerging needs of a large number of research environments. Within the first hour of the conference, I had already chatted with folks from multiple companies who were at the show urgently seeking solutions to their growing pains. These visitors to the Quantum booth were feeling new pains associated with their data explosion. They are dealing with tens of petabytes—some generating 1 PB per month for the foreseeable future. Their pains are sharply defined across two areas. The first is related to the cost of continuing to scale their existing storage infrastructure, including primary storage, backup storage, and backup software. The second pain point is the realization that they are not effectively protecting their data because the backup processes they have put in place cannot perform well enough to meet the windows of time they have reserved for data protection.
Customer pains such as these are exactly why Quantum came to Bio-IT World. I addressed these topics in a speaking session at the conference, titled “The New Era of Integrated Data Storage.” Specifically, this new level of integrated data storage is something that Quantum has developed and tuned over the past 20 years with our StorNext® File System. With our latest releases—StorNext 5.4 last year and StorNext 6.0 this year—it is clear that StorNext checks all the critical boxes for meeting the challenges users face in high-performance compute and big data environments.
- High performance for ingest and analysis
- Integrated data protection
- Storage and data management
- Balances cost and performance
- Simplifies access to sprawling data
- Multi-site data sharing
- Centralized management and charge-back
- Unified file system presentation, regardless of where data is stored
- Supports the broadest set of storage media including public cloud, private cloud, flash, disk, and tape
These are common requirements that we have seen with increasing frequency over recent years. These requirements come from companies that continue to push the boundaries to stay competitive, increase productivity, and maximize the value of all of their data. StorNext has been evolving to address broad portions of the market where big data and HPC are central to doing business. StorNext is at a point where the needs of many environments can be fully addressed in a way that is quite unique in today’s market.
My experience at Bio-IT World reinforced this. I am looking forward to sharing this perspective with many more people during the ISC HPC conference in Frankfurt, Germany later this month. If you plan to attend, I’d encourage you to catch a couple of Quantum speakers who will be there:
Speaker: Molly Presley, vice president, global marketing, Quantum
Overview of Quantum Solutions for HPC Workflows
Monday, June 19 at 2:15pm
Speaker: Jason Coari, sales specialist, scale-out storage, Quantum
Wednesday, June 21 at 4pm
Topic: Scalable High-Performance Storage for Technical Computing
Discusses how Quantum’s high-performance and archive storage solutions can provide real value in addressing these core issues.
You can also tune in to the “This Week in HPC” Intersect360 podcast featuring Molly Presley discussing the storage challenges of HPC environments.
Festival of Genomics, San Diego Convention Center
And you can visit us at booth # 422 at the Festival of Genomics June 26–27, 2017 in San Diego, California.