Laura Shepard, Senior Director, Scale-out Product and Solution Marketing, Quantum talks the anticipation of the 2018 NAB Show.
Q What new products/services has your company introduced since last year's NAB?
A - Xcellis Scale-out NAS – Powered by Quantum’s StorNext shared storage and data management platform, Xcellis Scale-out NAS delivers enterprise-class features, cost-effective scaling of performance and capacity, and robust media and metadata management, all in an IP-based solution.
- Xcellis Foundation – Also powered by StorNext, Xcellis Foundation is an entry-level workflow storage system that delivers the benefits of enterprise-class Xcellis storage, including high performance and scalability, in an easy-to-deploy NAS appliance for under $25,000.
- StorNext 6 – StorNext 6, which began shipping last summer, delivers a unique combination of new intelligent data management features for on-premise, hybrid cloud and public cloud environments, industry-leading performance and broader client access to the StorNext shared storage platform.
- aiWARE for Xcellis – A hybrid on-premise and cloud version of the best-in-class artificial intelligence (AI) platform from Veritone, aiWARE for Xcellis allows users to leverage the power of Veritone’s best-of-breed cognitive analytics to extract hidden value from their video and audio content.
Q Finish the sentence: 2018 will be the production industry’s year of
A no compromises. Technology advances have given users the flexibility to deploy storage and data management solutions that enable them to fully optimize their workflows without making tradeoffs across performance, accessibility and cost.
Q What motivating factor drives you to continue innovating year after year?
A As the industry strives to continue enhancing the viewer experience, production facilities need a storage and data management foundation that can keep up with ever-increasing content creation demands and enable a high performing, highly efficient workflow. Quantum has long been a leader in helping customers address the most difficult workflow challenges, and we’re committed to remaining at the forefront as the industry continues to evolve.
Q How would you describe the energy around this year’s NAB show?
A The energy around NAB is always high, but what makes it particularly exciting this year is the wealth of opportunities around the entire content creation and production business, with users and technology vendors both making significant investments to deliver more benefits to viewers.
Q How do you expect NAB 2018 to differ from NAB 2017?
A Last year, there seemed to be some hesitation about the coming year, particularly around the economic picture and the increasing role of on-demand, streaming providers, with many in the industry adopting somewhat of a “wait and see” approach in terms of investment. In contrast, there appears to be much more activity this year, with content owners and technology vendors coming together to drive new, innovative projects across production and distribution.
Q Where can we find you on the show floor?