Meet Me in St. Louis – For an HPC, AI, and Analytics Extravaganza


Here at Quantum, we are excited to finally be on the road again. Next stop – St. Louis! Next week, SC21 , the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, is being held at America’s Center in downtown St Louis.


This event has a rich history of showcasing technical innovation in high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure and applications from across a broad spectrum of universities, supercomputing centers, national labs, and industrial research centers.

For Quantum, a couple of themes particularly resonate:

  • Managing data growth. The ongoing challenge of ingesting, analyzing, and managing massive data sets across their data lifecycle.
  • Cold data that’s not so cold. The desire to save more data from more sources, plus the need for easy and affordable access to that data now, and long into the future, for continued and periodic computational analysis and recalibration of deep learning models.

At the show, we will be highlighting our recent updates to the ActiveScale object storage platform , industry-leading security features of Scalar tape archive solutions , and StorNext NVMe, RDMA and tiered storage technologies. Most of all, we are excited to promote the success of our customers building state-of-the-art capabilities with Quantum products and solutions (for example, Genomics England ).


We are also here to enjoy some fun and games. In addition to sponsoring the Petaflop , we are delighted to be co-hosting a social get together with our tech partner, Weka , to connect with our customers and the HPC community at large, and celebrate our high performance, massive scale joint storage solutions for HPC, Genomics, and AI . You don’t need to be Irish to get in ( ;o) ), but you do need to stop by the Quantum booth #918 or Weka booth #927 to claim your ticket!

We hope to see you there!

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This Week at the Q


Welcome to another entry of ‘This Week at the Q’ and our top 5 highlights – make sure to read number 5 for a terrorific Halloween update that will help you up your pumpkin game!

1. What’s better than 1 puppy?

We have 3 new product announcements coming soon! You can follow the countdown on our website , and register for our upcoming VirtualQ | Transform event where we will be showcasing these new solutions and how they unlock the value of your unstructured data – both today and tomorrow.

2. ViON Corporation has launched archive-as-a-service to provide customers that require an on-premise solution for tight control of their data, but want a cloud-like experience, with a flexible, low-cost alternative. This ViON service uses Quantum StorNext® to provide either a file or object interface, and Quantum tape storage as the low-cost, long-term storage technology. Like cloud services, this as-a-service offering provides flexible resources that can easily scale up – or down – at any time, in a pay-as-you-go financial model. You can read more in the case study here .

3. Quantum’s Noemi Greyzdorf, Director of Product Marketing, participated in a panel discussion hosted by the CEO of Daregraphic, on “Managing Unstructured Data to Unlock Enterprise Value.” The panel explored innovative ways to help organizations federate this data and realize its true value.  The replay is available here .

4. We’re so excited that StorNext 6.4 won Product of the Year at 2020 NAB Show NY! Recognized for enabling content mobility and making hybrid and cloud storage environments more accessible. Read more here .

5. Come join us, and experts Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, to up your Halloween game this year! On October 27th, at 3PM ET, we will provide a quick glimpse into Quantum’s transformation, before transforming your pumpkin carving with a 50-minute demo by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers to give you all the tips you need. The first 50 registrants will receive a free pumpkin carving kit, and all attendees will receive a special treat – we promise no tricks! Families welcome!

Leave a comment if there are topics you’d like to see added to our weekly top 5 happenings!


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World Jousting Championship: Think Game of Thrones Without Stunt Planning


“If you haven’t seen jousting before, picture your worst nightmare come true,” says Luke Campbell, chief operating officer at Epicentre.tv, which is streaming the first World Jousting Championship this weekend on IBM’s live streaming platform. “It’s two guys running on horseback, down a tilt line, 60 kilometers an hour (about 40 miles an hour) using

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The Latest Buzz from the Front Lines of the Media Industry

Archive Storage

Those who have attended IBC in Amsterdam at some point in their career know that participating in the show is like briefly transplanting oneself into an alternate universe for 5 days.  What the rest of the world knows as Friday, Saturday, Sunday becomes IBC Day 1, IBC Day 2, IBC Day 3, etc.  Maneuvering between the massive halls of the RAI and trying to find obscure meeting rooms can be like navigating a small city (and without the help of GPS)!  And the amount of sleep one gets due to the post-exhibition activity is probably most akin to a weekend in Las Vegas.

All of that, however, is a small price to
pay for the wealth of benefits and opportunity that can be had while attending
the media industry’s biggest conference outside America. From an efficiency
standpoint, it’s fairly impossible to outmatch the density of meetings one can have
with customers and partners in such a short timeframe. This year this that was
especially true as our Quantum team had our meeting rooms constantly full, not
to mention a packed partner event on the opening day. 

Latest Trends Taking Shape

The other primary benefit is that being at
the show is an outstanding opportunity to learn about where the industry is
going, as well as how these trends are taking shape in the challenges the
vendor community will need to solve next. Given their importance, I think these
are certainly worth sharing – so in no particular order, here are the trends
that seemed to be most topical at the show:

Goran Nastic (editor at CSI Magazine), Jason Coari and Paolo Pescatore accepting CSI Magazine’s ‘Best Data Storage Solution’ award at IBC 2019.

of Video

As video has become the dominant communications platform across the world, and is on track to make up more than 80% of the world’s data, both traditional media and non-traditional media organizations are finding themselves in the middle of the evolution to constantly be producing video content. One effect of this transformation means production timelines are shortening and distribution channels are broadening. All meaning that organizations need more sophisticated and flexible storage solutions to support the creation of an immense amount of compelling content. 


Just the day before the show began, Disney
had announced an agreement with Microsoft to do post-production in Microsoft
Azure. This move could certainly be a sign of things to come and is exciting with
the flexibility it could offer those organizations creating content, as well as
efficiencies it could offer by doing more work closer to where the data resides.
At Quantum we are keenly aware of this trend, which is why we are investing in StorNext to
facilitate all stages of the media workflow whether it’s on-premise,
off-premise, or any combination of the two.

to IP

What was a hot topic at NAB continued to be a hot topic at IBC – and it’s easy to see why.  From lower capital costs to more rapid deployment and streamlined operations, placing massive importance on transitioning to an all-IP based infrastructure.” This is why all the products that Quantum has launched over the past year are optimized to provide maximum performance across Ethernet networking. 


The fact that this was discussed so broadly
was somewhat surprising. However, as customers shared the benefits of doing
more production onsite, the fact that it’s becoming a bigger trend became more
apparent. Quantum actually has solid experience here working with companies
like The Rebel
– an innovative post-production team doing onsite production in the
mountains of New Zealand. We also recently launched our R-Series
ruggedized storage system to further facilitate these types of use cases. Could
this become more mainstream in the months to come? I wouldn’t be surprised….

So that’s a wrap on the top trends from IBC
2019. In closing, I’d like to give one final kudos to the entire Quantum
product and engineering team that had anything to do with designing and
building our F-Series .
The product picked up two more awards at the show and is on track to become the
media industry’s de facto standard for ultra-performance NVMe-based storage. And
stay tuned for some exciting developments in this space over the coming months,
as their work is just getting started!  

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