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New Quantum StorNext 4.0 Software Enriches Data Sharing and Management in High-Performance, High Data Growth EnvironmentsBuilds on Workflow and Tiered Storage Expertise With Integrated Deduplication, Policy-Based Replication and Expanded File Management and Archiving Capabilities (January 20, 2010)
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/20/10 -- Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM), the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced the latest release of its highly scalable StorNext® data management software. Unprecedented growth in unstructured data, rich file formats resulting from advancements in digital technologies, and extended life expectancy of digital assets can strain existing storage infrastructures. StorNext 4.0 provides enhanced high-speed data sharing and management capabilities to combat these challenges. Ideal for media and entertainment, life sciences and other high-performance computing environments, StorNext 4.0 builds on Quantum's expertise in delivering workflow and tiered storage solutions for greater efficiency and reduced management overhead. Robust new features include integrated file system deduplication, a flexible replication engine and distributed data tiering, as well as timecode-based partial file retrieval and a Web services-based management console.
StorNext now provides advanced data deduplication natively in the file system for nearline data and multi-site environments. This new capability is ideally suited for high data growth enterprises where a massive amount of data is continually processed, stored and accessed. Quantum's patented variable-length deduplication technology finds redundant data blocks across files and stores only unique data. Previously applied only to Quantum's backup solutions, this technology is leveraged in StorNext 4.0 to enable even greater cost savings and better storage management.
StorNext's robust replication feature provides many options for protecting and managing data across distributed environments. StorNext customers can now protect against unforeseen disasters by replicating critical data to another remote location. Data from a single site or multiple branch offices can be consolidated or protected, enabling continued operations if the source location becomes unavailable. Customers can also adopt a data distribution strategy to achieve 24/7 global workflow, reducing project timelines and cost. In addition, with its deduplication functionality, StorNext 4.0 can intelligently replicate only unique data, thereby significantly reducing network bandwidth requirements.
"With such high volumes of data generated daily from DNA sequencing, and the need to access hundreds of terabytes of data at any given time, StorNext offers the scalability and support we need," said Geraint Morgan, director of Information Systems at Baylor College of Medicine's Human Genome Sequencing Center. "Over the next year, we expect storage requirements of over two petabytes, and we hope to leverage StorNext's new deduplication advancements and enterprise replication features to accommodate this growth."
Customers with very high throughput requirements for tiering can also take advantage of the new distributed data tiering support in StorNext 4.0 through the addition of "Distributed Data Mover" (DDM) functionality. DDM acts as the conduit for passing data to and from the storage tiers. By adding more DDMs to a StorNext solution, system performance dramatically scales for archives that become more active. DDMs enable reads and writes of file copies for data preservation and retrieval while still providing fast access to data via the copy on primary disk.
Additional new features in StorNext 4.0 include:
-- Timecode-based Partial File Retrieval (PFR): Streamlines workflow in media asset management applications so that segments of large media files -- rather than the entire file -- can be quickly retrieved and utilized based on timecode parameters. -- Web Services-based Management Console: Improves integration and streamlines management and monitoring through an XML-based graphical user interface (GUI).
"Unstructured data is the fastest growing data in the data center, growing at a compound annual rate of 55 percent and dramatically increasing storage and data management requirements in nearly all environments," said Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "At the same time, our research suggests that despite the improving economy users remain under pressure to drive down operational costs. As a result, end users -- particularly those moving to more cloud-like architectures -- need a transparently scalable and cost-effective data repository that can leverage efficient file sharing and tiered storage strategies. These types of repositories will enable them to keep up with the data growth and protect the information generated while keeping system management costs in check. With StorNext 4.0, Quantum is positioned to address these needs with features that raise the bar for high-speed data sharing, resilient data protection and simplified data management in terabyte to multi-petabyte environments."
StorNext is comprised of two core software components: StorNext File System and StorNext Storage Manager(TM). The StorNext File System enables companies to share files easily and preserve investments by giving applications running on UNIX, Linux, Windows and/or Macintosh operating systems concurrent access to a common file store. Its open architecture makes StorNext highly scalable and allows data sharing by both SAN- and LAN-based clients. StorNext is also storage vendor agnostic, enabling users to leverage any mix of disk and tape. StorNext Storage Manager provides automated movement of data between different storage tiers based on user-defined policies and file access requirements. Combined with DDM, StorNext Storage Manager is ideal for large-scale storage environments. In addition, because it integrates with the virtualization capabilities of the StorNext File System, Storage Manager makes files accessible to client applications regardless of whether they are stored onsite or offsite.
"We have over 50,000 StorNext File System licenses, hundreds of petabytes of data under management, and a customer base that includes many of the world's top media and high-performance computing organizations," said Janae Lee, senior vice president of Marketing at Quantum. "With the growing proliferation of massive data files, we leveraged Quantum's expertise in shared workflow and tiered storage in StorNext 4.0 to provide our installed base and other customers with an efficient and more cost-effective way to meet their high-speed data sharing, management and protection needs."
StorNext 4.0 will be available next month through Quantum and its worldwide channel and distribution partners.
Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) is the leading global storage company specializing in backup, recovery and archive. Combining focused expertise, customer-driven innovation, and platform independence, Quantum provides a comprehensive, integrated range of disk, tape, and software solutions supported by a world-class sales and service organization. This includes the DXi(TM)-Series, the first disk backup solutions to extend the power of data deduplication and replication across the distributed enterprise. As a long-standing and trusted partner, the company works closely with a broad network of resellers, OEMs and other suppliers to meet customers' evolving data protection needs. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 800, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, www.quantum.com.
Quantum, the Quantum logo and StorNext are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates. DXi and StorNext Storage Manager are trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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