IBC 2016 PREVIEW

From The IBC Exhibit Floor: Quantum

Quantum will showcase the power of its StorNext platform across the full media life cycle, including production, delivery and archive workflows, and content management. The company’s IBC 2016 stand will feature demonstrations of content transcoding and delivery with object storage, the use of hybrid flash and disk storage in combination to enable frame-based animation creation and stream-based editing on a single storage system, and embedded applications running natively on high-performance workflow storage.

End-to-End Workflow Support: Xcellis Shared Storage Powered by StorNext — Quantum will showcase its award-winning Xcellis workflow storage system and demonstrate how the unique converged capabilities of this solution empower users to boost their efficiency, productivity and creativity in delivering the products and services that drive their businesses. Xcellis consolidates media management, extends connectivity options for both Fibre Channel and Ethernet clients, and supports hosted applications in a single hardware solution that greatly enhances productivity in collaborative media environments. Working with a growing array of technology partners and application providers, Quantum is continually extending the ways in which Xcellis can optimize end-to-end workflows.

Based on the powerful StorNext 5 platform, Xcellis facilitates flexible configuration of performance and capacity. The solution supports online work-in-process, ingest and delivery, and archive through Quantum’s portfolio of Lattus object storage, LTO tape and Q-Cloud services. In addition to providing exceptional performance and reliability, Xcellis enables continuous scalability that not only reduces the cost and complexity of storage deployment and maintenance, but also enables future expansion in an intelligent, sophisticated manner.

Xcellis Support for Embedded Applications — Xcellis has the unique ability to support embedded applications, which run on the system to deliver valuable functionality while streamlining operations. During IBC, Quantum will demonstrate this capability, the execution of applications via virtual machines within the storage system, and how this approach both reduces the need for dedicated application servers and provides a flexible foundation for future technologies and workflows. Quantum and a growing number of partners have introduced embedded applications for Xcellis that address tasks such as media asset management, transcoding and QC, provisioning resources in an exceptionally efficient on-demand model.

Transcode and Deliver With Lattus Object Storage — Modern high-resolution workflows come with increased complexity — a greater number of ingest points, more delivery formats, many transcode steps and a significant dependency on quality control steps. Just handling the high volume of content and large file sizes can lead to slowdowns, inconsistent operation and potentially risky asset loss situations. Quantum answers these challenges by seamlessly extending storage and workflow operations onto a low-latency, massively scalable Lattus object storage system. At IBC, Quantum will highlight a workflow in which its Lattus is integrated with media management software from Vidispine and other third-party applications for efficient transcoding and delivery within the object storage framework. This model enables content owners to transcode and deliver content directly from Lattus without restoring it to online storage or converting objects back to files.

Multistream 4K Edit Workflow for Animation and VFX t — Quantum will demonstrate an Xcellis-based solution that includes combined hybrid flash and disk storage to meet the demanding requirements of animation and visual effects (VFX) workflows. This takes advantage of flash technology to deliver the performance needed for frame-based animation workloads while also providing — on the same storage platform — the connectivity and access essential to stream-based editorial processes. Not limited to large sequential files, Xcellis optimizes the way storage works so that performance is high for both large and small files. This enhanced capability enables Xcellis to support workflows beyond video editing, such as animation, rendering, compositing, finishing and coloring, thereby improving overall productivity and accelerating production schedules.

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