An interview from the 2022 NAB Show in Las Vegas with Skip Levens of Quantum. Quantum technology, software, and services provide the solutions that today's organizations need to make video and other unstructured data smarter – so their data works for them and not the other way around. With over 40 years of innovation, Quantum's end-to-end platform is uniquely equipped to orchestrate, protect, and enrich data across its lifecycle, providing enhanced intelligence and actionable insights.

Quantum, the leader in solutions for video and unstructured data, recently announced the release of the H4000 Essential, an all-in-one appliance that integrates Quantum CatDV™ media asset management and Quantum StorNext™ 7 shared storage software on the award-winning H4000 storage platform. The H4000 Essential provides highly available shared storage and automatic content indexing, discovery, and workflow collaboration for small creative teams. It does not require specialized IT skills to support, can be up and running in minutes, and offers unique features that integrate media management and storage so these teams can spend more time creating and less time searching for content. Now for the first time, the same technologies used by the largest studios, broadcasters, and post-production houses are available to small creative teams everywhere, starting at an entry-level suggested retail price under $40,000.

“What’s remarkable about the new H4000 Essential is that we’ve brought the most important capabilities of two powerful platforms - CatDV and StorNext - and taken away the complexity and time in configuring and managing them separately and setting up production workflows. The H4000 Essential is the fastest solution to stand up for a new project or a new team – whether working directly on the storage, collaborating remotely from the field, managing multiple projects simultaneously, or all the above,” said Dave Clack, vice president and general manager, Cloud Software and Analytics, Quantum. “For the first time, these industry-leading technologies are in reach of small creative groups everywhere.”??

“Switch is a fast-moving, agile brand and experience agency for leading content and enterprise brands – our work bridges digital and brand marketing with virtual and hybrid meeting events, tradeshows, and field marketing. We have multiple projects in flight constantly across our team, so it’s important to us to have an all-in-one content management and storage solution like the H4000 Essential for our fast-moving deliverables,” said Darren Temple, CEO and president of Switch.

The available archive plugins are a powerful way to extend CatDV’s searchable catalog as projects are completed and moved to cloud storage, yet keep them available for fast recall as needed on the H4000 Essential:

“We love empowering agile, creative teams with cloud storage that delivers ease, flexibility, and immediate availability when they need it. Pairing the H4000 Essential's impressive feature set with the Backblaze B2 Archive plugin does just that—it lets customers grow and protect archives at any scale while maintaining visibility into all the content they have stored on Backblaze B2 via the powerful visual catalogs the UI provides,” said Nilay Patel, vice president of sales and partnerships at Backblaze.

“We’re impressed with how fast it is to get a fully configured and integrated instance of StorNext-powered shared storage and Quantum CatDV up and running” said Nick Smith, vice president technology, Exertis Broadcast. “We see H4000 Essential as a powerful way to get world-class tools in the hands of content teams across our nationwide network of value-added resellers.”

The Quantum F2100 launches as Quantum’s fastest storage solution ever. This next-gen NVMe offering doubles the speed and storage available through the Quantum F series, allowing content producers with increasingly demanding workflows delivering incredible performance in a very small footprint to drive out workflow bottlenecks in their work in process storage to work faster and more efficiently. Customers already use the F2100 for complex production needs, including AR/VR development. The new product can facilitate storage and processing power previously only accessible with racks of spinning disk storage.

The Quantum Content Solution with NVIDIA provides customizable AI using Quantum CatDV software, which leverages NVIDIA DeepStream, NVIDIA Riva, and NVIDIA Maxine SDK’s – which are all part of the NVIDIA AI platform – to enrich video content used in broadcast, post-production, and sports. This brings AI automation and ML into the video production and data management workflow, potentially saving production teams hundreds of hours of work.

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