Quantum StorNext appliance line grows

The Quantum StorNext appliance family is adding more products, and targeting Big Data sets with new, pre-configured gateways and data storage subsystems for primary disk.

Quantum Corp. is adding more members to its StorNext appliance family. The company recently unveiled its Quantum StorNext G300 scale-out gateway appliances, StorNext storage subsystems for primary disk and a StorNext Archive Enabled Library targeted at mid-sized companies struggling with a proliferation of massive files -- what Quantum calls the Big Data challenge.

Quantum is taking its file-sharing StorNext software and integrating it into appliances for easier deployment and management.

“Quantum is trying to simplify the delivery and speed of deployments of StorNext,” said Russell Fellows, senior partner at Evaluator Group Inc. “All the pieces are here and you're getting the ease of a NAS appliance with the speed of a [storage-area network] SAN.”

In June, the company unveiled its StorNext M330 appliance, which works as a metadata controller to track where files are located, and who created them. The metadata appliance is integrated with Quantum’s StorNext File System, which allows multiple devices to access a shared storage pool in parallel and at high speeds. StorNext allows hosts to share data both on SANs and local-area networks (LANs).

The StorNext G300 gateways come in two models, the G301 and the G310, that are bundled with the company’s Distributed LAN Client (DLC) software so an unlimited number of clients can share file data. Previously, StorNext software was sold on a per-client licensing model. The gateways, which have load balancing and failover capabilities, serve as expansions to the company’s StorNext M330 metadata controller appliance. The gateways come in 1 GbE and 10 GbE models.

The new Quantum StorNext storage subsystems come in three models and they work either with the StorNext metadata controller or the standalone StorNext software, said William McGrath, Quantum’s strategy marketing manager for StorNext software. The QS1200 is a high-speed primary disk system that scales from 7.2 TB to 115 TB of raw capacity, while the QM1200 scales from 7.2 TB to 28.8 TB of raw capacity.

The high-end QD6000 storage subsystem is for high density, primary data and scales to more than 1 petabyte. The StorNext Archive Enabled Library is based on Quantum’s current hardware but now is bundled with Storage Manager for data migration, a per-slot licensing model and the Extended Data Life Management (EDLM) data integrity feature. The device scales from 400 to 5,000 slots and is available today. A 400-slot configuration is priced at approximately $682 per slot. A midrange edition is in the works and will be available in the second half of 2011.

The Quantum StorNext gateway appliances will be available in the first quarter of 2012, and the storage subsystems will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011. No price is available yet.

Evaluator Group's Fellows said Quantum has built momentum with small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that are dealing with massive files, such as those in the rich media industry. Those businesses are highly dependent on getting speedy access to big data sets and would have trouble with a traditional network-attached storage (NAS) because of speed limitations.

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