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New Quantum NAS appliance archives unstructured data

Quantum adds archiving capabilities with the new Artico NAS appliance and enhancements to DXi backup and Lattus object storage systems.

Quantum today rolled out three archiving products that use disk, tape or cloud to store unstructured data: the Artico NAS appliance, an archive tier on Quantum DXi data deduplication backup systems and a larger-capacity node for its Lattus object storage platform.

The Quantum NAS archive appliance, Artico, is a new platform with 33 TB or 77 TB of available capacity for active data. The appliance has tiering software and allows customers to set policies to archive data off to Lattus, Quantum Scalar tape libraries or Quantum's Q-Cloud.

Artico includes Quantum's StorNext file system and supports SMB and NFS NAS protocols, and LTFS for tape archiving. The appliance can also be used to migrate data from a third-party NAS array.

Quantum's traditional StorNext appliances are built for primary storage and do not use a NAS interface.

The main use case for Artico is to move rarely used unstructured data off expensive primary storage.

List price starts at $45,000 for 33 TB. The 77 TB capacity is available with an expansion shelf. All the storage capacity is on hard disk drives; there is no flash in the box.

Mark Pastor, Quantum's strategic business manager for archiving, said Artico and the other enhancements make it easier and less expensive to build archives than merely adding disk as data grows. 

"Artico automates intelligence on the back end," he said. "We find people don't have a good answer for that. They don't have great tools to get them to object storage or tape. The way people do it now is they buy more storage and keep backing up data and protecting it the same way as they always did. That's becoming unsustainable as data is growing so rapidly, and it's becoming too expensive to buy more primary storage. Artico provides a convenient NAS share that you can move data to."

Arkivio allows simultaneous backup and archive on DXi

Quantum is expanding its reseller partnership with Rocket Software's Arkivio application to enable unstructured data backup and archiving simultaneously on the same DXi appliance. Customers can carve out an archive area on DXi4700 and DXi6900 appliances that stores data separately from backups.

Arkivio Autostor archiving software identifies and moves data to the DXi Archive section. Quantum claims this makes backups faster by reducing the size of backup data, and also saves money by reducing the need for primary storage hardware and backup software. Current DXi customers can add Arkivio software to their appliances.

Quantum has resold Arkivio with Lattus since early 2014.

Larger Lattus data stores

Quantum is also expanding capacity of its Lattus object storage platform with an S30 storage node that uses 6 TB drives to scale to 72 TB of raw capacity. The S30 uses the same chassis as the S20, but the S20 holds 4 TB drives for 48 TB of raw capacity. The S30 is also available with 4 TB drives.

Lattus is available in 20-node and six-node configurations. Starting price for a 20-node system with 6 TB drives is $640,000 and $220,000 for a six-node system. A six-node configuration with 4 TB drives starts at $200,000.

Backup vs. archiving revisited

Quantum is taking a similar approach to EMC Data Domain in enabling archiving with backups while also trying to broaden traditional archiving products.

Randy Kerns, Evaluator Group senior strategist and analyst, described Artico as "a NAS system that has finite capacity but the ability to move data to other devices or the cloud based on a set of rules. It's more of a caching gateway, but its back end can be Lattus, a cloud location or LTFS."

He said the Quantum NAS platform is going after IT professionals who archive as part of the backup process as well as those who treat archive as a separate tier of data.

"Backup-oriented archives are typically controlled by a backup admin taking on an additional role," Kerns said. "In other areas, people are starting to treat storing of information as another tier that's less expensive. They have different people in charge of those archives."

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