Quantum Lattus disk archive with object storage released

The Quantum Lattus disk archive system incorporates object storage through an OEM deal with Amplidata, and supports a minimum of 500 TB for big data apps.

Quantum Corp. today introduced the first of its Lattus wide-area storage family, consisting of a scale-out network-attached storage disk system integrated with Amplidata's AmpliStor dispersed object storage for archiving big data.

The Lattus-X is the first of a series of archiving devices in the Lattus family. Lattus-X is a disk-based device using object storage for archiving, a native HTTP REST interface, and CIFS and NFS access to applications. The system starts at 500 terabytes (TB), and is built for multiple petabyte data stores.

Lattus-X will be generally available in December. Quantum's roadmap calls for a Lattus-M system in the first half of 2013 that will use the vendor's StorNext file system to manage data and set policies on the archiving system, and support tape as well as disk archives. Long-term plans also include a cloud archiving product based on AmpliStor and StorNext.

Lattus-X consists of three hardware components -- S10 storage nodes, C10 controller nodes and A10 access nodes. S10 nodes contain the dispersal object storage; the intelligence of the system resides in the C10 nodes; and the NAS file system sits on the A10 nodes. A basic configuration contains at least 20 1U nodes, with each node containing 12 disk drives. The Lattus-X uses Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10-GbE network connectivity.

The Lattus-X disperses data via object storage throughout nodes within one system. There is no replication done between systems.

"We optimized this for a market that stores large amounts of unstructured data," said Janet LaFleur, Quantum's senior product marketing manager for file system archives. "We anticipate that these customers don't need a high-performance file system to share files at data streaming rates. Some NAS customers don't need that level of performance."

Quantum positions Lattus as having better restore times than tape, but not as good as primary disk. It is also more expensive than tape, but cheaper than primary disk. The vendor is going after customers who need low latency, and fast ingest and retrieval.

"As you step back and look at it, this is an entry-level product with a half a petabyte of storage. They are not talking about file collaboration," said Mike Matchett, senior analyst and consultant at Taneja Group. "The use case they are going for is not cloud. It's a NAS archive."

Quantum announced its OEM deal with Amplidata last May, and led Amplidata's $6 million funding round in September. Amplidata's object storage is built on a Fountain Coding type of erasure coding. Fountain Coding differs from the more common Reed-Solomon erasure codes used in storage systems, such as Cleversafe Dispersed Storage, EMC Atmos and DataDirect Network Web Object Scaler (WOS).

"In general, Fountain encoding requires less compute overhead to get the same level of protection compared to Reed-Solomon," Matchett said. "You get more data protection with higher efficiency."

List price for a 500 TB Lattus-X is $675,000.

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