Discover the latest news from Quantum at NAB Show 2019 in this exclusive NABHUB interview.
Q What new products/services has your company introduced since last years’ NAB?
A 1. Quantum F-Series NVMe Storage: The Quantum F-Series is a high performance, highly available and reliable storage array designed for studio editing, rendering, and other performance-intensive workloads for large unstructured datasets. Unlike other NVMe storage arrays, the Quantum F-series was designed specifically for video and video-like datasets, so it can easily handle the performance requirements of ultra-high def content, hi-resolution images, and other forms of unstructured data. 2. StorNext 6.2, Quantum’s Award Winning File System: In September, Quantum introduced StorNext 6.2, which bolsters performance for 4K and 8K video while enhancing integration with cloud-based workflows and global collaborative environments. With StorNext 6.2, Quantum now offers a front-end S3 interface to Xcellis appliances, enabling them to serve as targets for applications designed to write to RESTful interfaces. Organizations gain greater flexibility to use Xcellis as either a gateway to the cloud or as an S3 target for web-based applications. 3. New Cloud-Based Monitoring Tool Delivers Insights, Maximizes Uptime: Xcellis environments can now be managed with a new cloud monitoring tool that enables Quantum's support team to monitor critical customer environmental factors, speed time to resolution, and ultimately increase uptime. When combined with Xcellis Web Services – a suite of services that enables users to set policies, adjust system configuration, and more – overall system management is simplified and streamlined.
FlexSync Enhanced Multi-Site Data Synchronization: Available with StorNext 6.2, enhanced FlexSync® replication capabilities enable users to create local or remote replicas of multi-tier file system content and metadata. With the ability to protect data for both high-performance systems as well as massive archives, users now have more flexibility to protect a single directory or an entire file system. 4. Avid® MediaCentral® | Asset Management now supports Quantum StorNext® archive solutions: The combination of MediaCentral and StorNext is designed for production environments facing exponentially accelerating content growth, increasing resolution and expanding avenues of content distribution. Avid MediaCentral customers can now utilize StorNext archive capabilities to store and protect content cost-effectively and keep it readily available for monetization. 4. R-Series Ruggedized Storage. In November, Quantum announced R-Series, a new ruggedized, in-vehicle storage solution designed specifically for mobile and remote capture of video and other IoT sensor data. Quantum R-Series products are available in different capacity and performance models and are designed for mobile environments such as on-set video capture. It simplifies data ingest by including unique features that automate the process of offloading data to a StorNext shared storage environment.
Q Finish the sentence: 2019 will be the production industry’s year of…
A NVMe and flash adoption: NVMe, the latest generation of flash technology, has already brought critical speed and scaling benefits, significantly accelerating ingest as well as other aspects of production workflows. Expect users to incorporate more hybrid cloud-based workflows to help balance on-premise and cloud-based requirements. NVMe is ideal for tasks like real-time editing of high-resolution, high frame rate content, and doing so with concurrent streams of data.
Q What motivating factor drives you to continue innovating year after year?
A Innovation is in our DNA. Customers demand it. With 4K becoming more pervasive and 8K on the horizon, the workstation of the future is going to require even more performance. However, performance does not mean that you need to sacrifice on cost. Today’s most demanding video workflows running high resolution, high framerate content typically utilize SAN-based storage architectures. By leveraging the power of NVMe all-flash storage media with 100GbE networking, our innovation will help organizations adopt a more cost-effective storage architecture by providing Fibre Channel-like latency in the cost envelope of a NAS infrastructure.
Q How would you describe the energy around this years’ NAB show?
A I can tell you the energy around Quantum is pretty amazing. Anticipation for our new NVMe all-flash array for studio editing, rendering, and other performance-intensive workloads has been building. We’ll be announcing ultra-fast performance with NVMe storage built on a highly available hardware and software architecture. It couldn’t come at a better time for a lot of folks in production, broadcast, and visual effects.
Q How do you expect NAB 2019 to differ from NAB 2018?
A Technology development shows no signs of slowing. Forward-thinking video lifecycle vendors are investing in several areas such as AI development, on-premise storage scalability and search and analytics. They are also looking to bundle these technologies into managed services for their customers. We expect these to be topics we’ll be discussing in our booth this year. We also anticipate growth in cloud-managed, on-premise storage, which combines the speed and cost savings of on-premise systems with the ease of use and elasticity of cloud offerings. This could bridge the gap until full post-production can efficiently be done fully in the cloud in media and entertainment applications, and we expect this to be top of mind for a lot of folks this year.