Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/23/stornext_gets_speedifying_kick/

StorNext gets revamp, Quantum claims 5x data throughput boost

Multi-threaded code, flash, metadata redesign and Infiniband support

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 23rd September 2013 07:04 GMT

Quantum has taken its StorNext file management system and updated it from top to bottom, making it multi-core processor aware and more scalable so it can handle five times more data than StorNext 4.

The company says workflows in the digital media and entertainment business are becoming more complex, involving bigger files, greater numbers of files, and larger team collaboration efforst. Its StorNext software virtualises files and presents them for use irrespective of whether they are stored on disk as files, on disk as objects or on tape as files. The v5 update makes the whole package much snappier in use, especially with random small file open operations.

Quantum has also added more functionality to StorNext with v5.0 and users now get:-

Quantum stresses that there is no performance slowdown as the file system grows and ages.

The reporting and management framework has also been updated. Quantum hopes that StorNext use will spread out from its media and entertainment market, where projects often involve large collections of file of different sizes and types, and enable its use to proliferate in other big data market sectors.

StorNext v5.0 software will be available on StorNext hardware by the end of the year, and available as a software-only update in the first half of 2014. ®