Via SVG Europe

“Showcased for the first time at IBC 2013, Quantum’s StorNext 5 represents a significant evolution from the workflow storage platform’s previous incarnation, incorporating a structure that was essentially rebuilt ‘from the ground up’. Enabling media customers with large-scale content repositories to scale to 5 billion files in a single Stornext 5 system, the redesign also delivers provision for fast-emerging 4K workflows.

Heading up the roll-out of StorNext 5 is Geoff Stedman, who is three months into his new role at senior president of StorNext solutions. His name will, however, be a very familiar one in media storage circles: he spent many years at Omneon as vice-president worldwide marketing and, subsequent to the acquisition by Harmonic, served as both senior VP of marketing and general manager, Storage Business Unit, at Harmonic, and as head of product and marketing development for the Omneon MediaGrid storage line. Most recently, he oversaw the marketing effort at flash-based storage solution specialist Tintri.

“StorNext 5 is a major release for us in that it essentially represents a ground-up rebuild from the previous version, StorNext 4.7,” Stedman tells SVG Europe during a brief stopover in London before returning to his San Francisco base. “We had this huge market share, almost 100,000 licences in total, but some time back the decision was taken to think carefully about where we are going over the next five years: what scale and performance we want to deliver, and what are some of the potential limitations [with the current version] that we need to address for the future. The result was that the engineering team spent two years developing StorNext 5.”

Notable improvements include an increase in scalability and a greater accommodation of different network topologies to ease the integration process. In addition, notes, Stedman, “part of the requisite for version 5 was to improve the way the system manages metadata to make it much more efficient. The method by which we handle and index metadata, and the amount that is stored and the way it is stored… all of this has been reviewed and rebuilt.”