The Workflow Show, with Chesapeake Systems co-hosts Nick Gold and Jason Whetstone, enters its third season by presenting an in-depth conversation with two digital media storage veterans, Quantum’s VP of Media & Entertainment, Alex Grossman and Skip Levens, StorNext’s Director of Technical Marketing.

To kick off the season, The Workflow Show dives into Alex and Skip’s driving passion: To make storage — as it becomes ever more complicated — more flexible and seamless for today’s video end-users.

Over the years, Alex and Skip’s work has concentrated in the Media & Entertainment space. For Alex, “There really is a different type of system needed, and a different type of performance specification required to be good at Media and Entertainment” and video post-production tends to deal more with large files rather than short exchanges of data, the criteria of “throughput” and “latency” are more important than IOPS.

For Skip, “Letting people work on the same problem on the same storage at the same time is one of the hardest computing problems there is, and StorNext does it, and has done it eloquently for a long time.” StorNext is Quantum’s shared disk file system, which has been adopted widely throughout the media industry because it is well-adapted to handle the field’s unique storage and collaboration needs.

In the podcast, Alex and Skip talk at length about how the latest version, StorNext 5, is a result of a complete overhaul of the file system from the ground up, all with the goal of meeting the rapid, disparate challenges that occur within the media production universe. Other topics discussed in the episode include Storage Manager, which works with StorNext to enable tiered archiving, and the just-announced Storage Connect, which will allow for a “single window pane” view of one’s total storage environment.

For Alex:

“It all comes down to the connectivity to the ecosystem — all those partners that build those applications we use everyday. In the end, to the user, the storage is always there and always reliable.”

As Skip says:

“It seems today that the pace of change and the demands placed on content creatives has gone up exponentially. For example, some of our customers have to now make their content available on as many as 40 different distribution platforms.”

Lattus, Quantum’s object storage offering, is part of the discussion, most notably because it “automagically” extends the online availability of assets between facilities anywhere in the world while at the same time being more secure and reliable than other storage and archive systems.

For many people, “storage” may just be an icon on their desktop, but gaining a bit of understanding about what’s under the hood certainly will prove advantageous as you consider storage solutions down the road.

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You can always find The Workflow Show on iTunes for easy download. Or head over to and stream the podcast directly from the The Workflow Show’s online home.

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