Quantum Unveils 'Big Data' Storage Systems

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-09 Print this article Print

The company is fine-tuning its product line to handle extra-large data loads that are coming into systems from people and machines that include scientific instruments, sensors, videocams and other sources.

The advent of increasingly larger data workloads is affecting all facets of the IT world-especially storage. All that data has to be put somewhere where it is safe and easily accessible for sanctioned people.

Backup, recovery and archive provider Quantum (NYSE:QTM) on Sept. 8 revealed that it is fine-tuning its product line to handle these extra-large data loads that are coming into systems from  people and machines that include scientific instruments, sensors, videocams and other sources.

Quantum announced at the IBC 2011 Conference in the Amsterdam that it has expanded its StorNext appliance line to offer predictable high-performance file sharing and archiving in new, preconfigured metadata controllers, expansion appliances and disk, and archive enabled libraries.

The devices include the StorNext M330, first in a series of new metadata controller appliances; StorNext G300 Scale-Out Gateway Appliance with unlimited StorNext LAN client licensing; and the highly scalable StorNext QM1200, QS1200 and QD6000 Storage Systems. 

The company said the new high-end storage devices will work optimally with standard StorNext software and partner hardware offerings to provide additional options for building a shared SAN and scale-out NAS environment.

Quantum's StorNext appliances are aimed at a range of markets where high performance and lowest long-term cost for sharing "big data" files-such as streaming rich media content or large analytical data files-is a key part of the operational workflow.

Quantum is demonstrating its newest StorNext software and appliances through Sept. 13 at the conference in Amsterdam.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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