NAB 2013 News

NAB 2013: Quantum expands media storage line-up

Michelle Clancy | 09-04-2013
Quantum Corp has announced three new StorNext appliances for high speed collaboration and workflow management, from ingest through archive for post-production and broadcast facilities.
The StorNext M440 Metadata Appliance, StorNext QX Storage primary disk and StorNext AEL500 Mini Archive provide file sharing and policy-based tiered content archive management system.
These appliances are compatible with existing Apple Xsan installations and tailored for mid-sized creative workflow environments. They also support a range of media asset managers and editing, finishing, ingest, transcode and playout tools, including products from Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, AVID and Telestream.
"The media and entertainment landscape continues to evolve and raise new asset management challenges for the industry," said Alex Grossman, product executive, media and entertainment at Quantum. "The new products we are announcing represent Quantum's ongoing commitment to bring the power of StorNext to organisations of all sizes and provide the scalability and robust operation that media companies require to meet increasingly tighter deadlines and continue to capitalise on prior investments."
StorNext M440 Metadata Appliance converts StorNext file sharing software into an integrated appliance, which can work with MacOS X, Linux and Windows operating systems. It also scales up to 500 million files and supports up to four file systems.
StorNext QX Storage is primary disk storage optimised for StorNext collaborative workflow environments. Supporting all resolutions and frame sizes from standard definition to 4K workflows, StorNext QX Storage is available in five base configurations ranging from 14.4Tb to 48Tb in capacity, and can scale up to 384Tb.
StorNext AEL500 Mini Archive was created for smaller workgroups, and integrates StorNext Storage Manager with Quantum tape hardware to support policy-based, active archiving and vaulting of digital assets. It comes in rack-mounted and desktop versions with capacity from 30Tb (LTO-5) to 50Tb (LTO-6). It is designed to expand to support Quantum's Extended Data Life Management (EDLM), an automatic tape integrity-checking capability for archived or vaulted content.
"Adobe's video editing tools give creative professionals the features, speed and integrated workflow to deliver high quality productions," said Simon Williams, director of strategic relations at Adobe. "With that comes very large files and the need for storage solutions that provide enough space. We're working closely with Quantum to ensure that our customers have optimal performance and flexibility when editing and finishing massive files for broadcasters or studios."