I recently had the privilege of participating in this year’s annual iRODS users group meeting in Durham, NC. Aside from interacting with a great group of people, I solidified some of my views on the value companies can get from iRODS deployments, and really clarified how iRODS and Quantum solutions complement each other. I’m definitely excited that Quantum has joined the iRODS consortium and started product testing.
Rapid advances in laboratory instruments are redefining IT requirements for life science organizations. To more quickly and completely analyze the tremendous volumes of data produced by next-generation sequencing (NGS) and cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) instruments, organizations are increasingly investing in additional super computing resources to crunch the larger data sets these instruments are generating on a daily basis.
One of the things I like most about the technology industry is that it is characterized by a relentless quest for improvement. There is always something newer, faster and better right around the corner. Never a dull moment. And always the drive to be first and best.
I recently found myself in need of a new vehicle. It wasn’t necessarily because my old one was breaking down or in bad shape. My situation had simply changed over time such that the car I now have no longer meets my needs. In my case, I needed more room for a growing family and wanted better gas mileage. Unfortunately, the car wasn’t designed to easily or inexpensively make those improvements. It also started to cost me a lot more to maintain. This got me thinking about the similarities with legacy scale-out NAS solutions.
In 2017 the video surveillance community saw the emergence of video surveillance as a service. As predicted, we also witnessed an increase in intelligence in cameras, greater adoption of analytics, and more content aggregation. In addition, biometrics assumed increasing importance as a measure to prevent massive data breaches.
The SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition was held October 23–26 in Hollywood, California, providing an ideal opportunity to showcase the latest Quantum solutions for professionals in the film and television post-production industry. New compression formats, 4K mastering, more complex workflows, growing content libraries—these were some of the many subjects discussed over the course of the event. An end-to-end workflow featuring StorNext® 6 shared storage and data management software plus Xcellis® high-performance storage appliances addresses each of these challenges.
Today, when pro sports fans attend a game, they expect more than exciting live action on the field, court, or ice. They’re demanding an immersive experience delivered through a range of video technologies, from the stadium’s jumbotron to the smartphones in their pockets.
What can we do about our transportation challenges? How do we prepare our transportation infrastructure to support our needs in the future?
OK, perhaps not as colorful as Shakespeare’s original phrase, but in today’s world of data and content proliferation the term archive has suffered tremendous abuse and misunderstanding. This would not be a problem for the reader if vendors and marketers of storage technology products and solutions did a better job of steering the marketplace with well-defined terms that truly meant what they sounded like.
Quantum is ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange today in celebration of its 35th anniversary this year, so I’ve been thinking recently about the history of the storage business. It’s been a very interesting ride. Most extraordinary is the degree to which the role of data storage has changed. Data storage have moved from the edge of the data processing universe to being firmly at the core. Data storage has gone from being a peripheral playing a supporting role to being the belle of the IT ball. It’s an exciting time (again) to be in the data storage industry, particularly for Quantum because of the central role our StorNext scale-out storage solutions have long played in enabling customers to organize, protect and manage their data so they can leverage it for strategic advantage. As Quantum commemorates its 35th anniversary, we look forward to helping more organizations maximize the value of their data.