Quantum StorNext Upgrade Targets Big Data Segment

Primarily known for its tape storage portfolio, Quantum wants to capture a bigger slice of the emerging Big Data market, especially video, with a new version of its StorNext appliance. This is the next generation (V5), re-engineered from the ground up and delivering up to ten times greater performance and five times the scalability of previous StorNext versions, said Janet Lafleur, senior product marketing manager for file systems and archiving.

StorNext 5 is a significant release, said Terri McClure, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, in a prepared statement. “It promises to address the challenges found in today’s complex workflows where data environments are not only growing in volume, but are also comprised of mixed file sizes, performance requirements and network topologies. Quantum raises the bar for unstructured data management and delivers a strong alternative to scale-out NAS solutions for big data. Additionally, because there already is a comprehensive StorNext partner ecosystem in place, and this release is fully compatible with the last, companies tackling unstructured data challenges in various markets will be able to immediately take advantage of the benefits from the re-architected platform.”

A new report from ResearchCows said Quantum seems to be making waves in the field of big data management solutions and data protection. The StorNext appliance revenue saw a surge 13% YoY balancing the dropping revenues from StorNext software sales, and the company added around 250 new StorNext customers.

Big Data represents a huge opportunity for Quantum and the storage industry, with last year’s revenue generated by the sale of Big Data hardware, software, and services up 59% year-over-year to a whopping $11.4 billion. Wikibon projects the Big Data market to grow to $50 billion by 2017 against the current market share of $18 billion in the year 2013. This projection is a 31% CAGR increase over the period between 2012-2017.

However, before popping the champagne corks, a reality check shows that Quantum, with 1Q14 quarterly revenue earnings of $148 million, isn’t even a blip on the big storage vendors’ radar. For the last quarter, the disk storage market was worth $7.682 billion, with EMC (24.2%) atop the list, followed by HP (16.9%) and IBM (13.6%). Dell (12.6%) and NetApp (10.3%) rounded out the top-five list that accounted for 77.6% of the total disk market.


Under The Hood

While StorNext 5 software-only solutions won’t be available until the first half of 2014, the appliances will be available in December, and feature:

-up to 10x faster performance;

-100% improvement in small file performance for compute intensive environments, such as financial analytics and high-performance computing (HPC);

-5x increase in scalability, with up to five billion files shared in a single StorNext 5 File System;

-metadata scales to petabytes with no slowdown as data grows and ages;

-automatic tuning for application and file size, providing independent scaling and capacity management benefits;

-expanded storage architectures, including SSD optimization and native InfiniBand support to enable the use of low latency applications such as HPC and analytics;

-built to optimize advanced technologies used in multi-tier, nearline storage and long-term archiving environments, i.e. enabling maximum throughput performance for Quantum’s Lattus object storage and providing native support for LTFS; and,

-multi-core, multi-processor and multi-threading awareness for highest throughput and lowest CPU utilization.


Author: Steve Wexler

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