Feeds

Put a 4K in it: Quantum soups up StorNext bundles for Pros

For the high-def era

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Quantum has added Pro Storage bundles to its StorNext file virtualisation and archiving range aimed at making StorNext more cost effective for digital workflows in the 4K era.

These workflows deal with displays with around 4,000 pixel horizontal resolution, such as ultra-high-definition TVs. Video files for such displays will be correspondingly larger than ones for lower resolution displays, such as 2K. A 4096 x 3072 display will have individual pictures using 12.6 megapixels.

The big bennies of 4K are finer resolution of detail and better quality large screens. The downside is that processing requires more and faster storage so digital artists and post-processors can work in real-time and not have to wait too long while files are accessed. That’s the point of these StorNext bundles.

The new StorNext Pro Storage Solutions kit includes:

  • Pro Studio, which can refresh or enhance existing Apple Xsan storage environments with a 48TB system integrating the M441D metadata appliance with the QX1200 RAID storage array – “cost-effective, easier to deploy and ideal for today's production studios.”
  • Pro 4K, which delivers flash-based metadata performance through the M445 SSD metadata appliance and 1244TB QX1200 array. “This configuration enables efficient 4K workflows, including ingest, production and delivery.”
  • Pro Production, which adds in tape for a product “spanning content production to content library management.” It integrates a M662XL metadata appliance, 96TB QX1200 array, and AEL500 41-slot (102.5 TB) LTO-6 tape library. Quantum claims “this unified storage foundation effectively serves production workgroups, integrated Windows/Linux review stations, proxy and transcode servers, LTFS acquisition, delivery and archive.”
Sony X85 65-inch flat panel 4K TV

Sony X85 65-inch flat panel 4K TV

Each one of these is said to be scalable via configuration enhancements that provide additional storage capacity, features and professional services. They include three years support and work with other products in the StorNext ecosystem “including products from Apple, Adobe, Autodesk, Avid, Telestream and all popular media asset management applications.”

Quantum's channel should appreciate the opportunities these three bundles give it. There is no Pro bundle that includes the Lattus object storage system – possibly because digital media types don't appreciate its virtues yet.

Quantum will show StorNext 5 and its Pro Solution offerings at the 2014 NAB Show (booth #SL8416) at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, from 7 to 10 April. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?