Re-Imagining Quantum’s Portfolio for Managing Unstructured Data


This week, we made a significant announcement, introducing an expanded portfolio focused on classifying, managing, and protecting unstructured data across its lifecycle. The new products we introduced represent another significant step in our vision to lead in video and unstructured data solutions and represent a key shift in focus from ‘storing’ data to ‘managing’ data. 

Accelerating Data Growth, Data Movement, and Use of Hybrid- and Multi-Cloud

Our customers are dealing with massive unstructured data sprawl – video, digital images, and other forms of unstructured data are growing by 30-60% per year. Many of our customers have millions or billions of files and lack visibility into what they have, and where it lives. This lack of visibility combined with the velocity of data growth is putting pressure on infrastructure costs and forcing companies to rethink infrastructure designs. 

At the same time, the COVID pandemic has resulted in permanent changes to the workforce, driving more data movement (between edge / core / cloud), and an acceleration in the adoption of hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud. The emergence of AI and machine learning techniques provide new tools to leverage this data, and is also driving new lifecycle and ‘workflow’ requirements for this data, including a desire to preserve and protect this data and keep it accessible for decades. 

All of this adds up to what we see as the key challenge facing our customers in this decade – how to unlock business value out of all of this data, and manage this data across the entire multi-decade lifecycle of this data.

Manage Unstructured Data, Across Any Workload, End-to-End with Quantum

Our expanded portfolio can help our customers tackle this challenge, starting with new ways to classify and manage data across its lifecycle, for any workload, end-to-end. This expanded portfolio is depicted and summarized below:

The new announcements include:

  • New ways to visualize, automate, and purposefully place data, with Quantum’s All-Terrain File System (ATFS) , a next-gen storage platform targeted at the NAS market. 
  • StorNext 7 The latest version of Quantum’s high-performance file system, for high throughput low-latency workloads. StorNext 7 introduces new features like file system pools that optimize the use of NVMe for production storage, as well as new ways to program and manage the file system.
  • An expanded ActiveScale object storage portfolio , including a new 3-node object storage system, object lock to protect against ransomware, and small object aggregation to improve the performance of small objects.

Lastly, all of these new offerings are available on a capacity basis, with new all-inclusive software licensing that aligns our licensing with the value we are delivering to customers. 

We look forward to engaging with customers and partners on this expanded portfolio – to learn more, please register for our VirtualQ I Transform event where we will be showcasing all of these new solutions.

To view our Partner blog, click here

This Week at the Q


Welcome to another entry of ‘This Week at the Q’ and our top 5 highlights! It’s been the week to learn about some of our scientific and genomic customers, and the amazing research work they contribute to society.

1. As we all adjust to the pandemic, this story made me realize no matter what our role, we all play a part in the solution. This customer’s storage grew to over 100 PB as they committed to sequencing the whole genomes of up to 35,000 people who have had COVID-19 to better understand genetic susceptibility to the virus. Read more about Genomics England’s work here , and how they built an infrastructure that could grow to hundreds of petabytes to support their critical research.

2. Scientific research data is showing massive growth, and Max Planck Society is experiencing this first-hand with scientists across the globe. This new HPCwire coverage outlines how Quantum helps protect these large volumes of unstructured data and keep it accessible to researchers.

3. We received new Gartner Peer Reviews, including this Healthcare customer.  You can read the detailed review from their CTO here .

Moving on from science and health, but sticking with Gartner Peer Reviews, check out this new customer review in the Finance industry.

4. If you want to learn more about how Quantum enables customers in financial services, we’d love to meet with you at HPC + AI Wall Street – a leading conference for customers in FinTech and Capital Markets. We’re looking forward to being a sponsor of this show that advances the conversation of next-gen innovations in HPC and AI for new revenue streams, competitive advantage, and growth.

5. And to close out, I can’t wait until international travel opens back up and I can visit Changi Airport in Singapore after reading this new blog from Quantum’s Jim Simon. Read more here to learn about how video surveillance keeps airports safe 24×7, or just to check out the world’s largest indoor waterfall!

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


To view our Partner blog, click here

Crisis Management Strategies for Your Remote Workforce


We salute all those IT folks working day and night to ensure their organizations continue to be secured and protected while getting ourselves through the current crisis. It is by far one of the most challenging times, but you have pulled us together, so that remote workers can stay connected, secured, and productive for keeping our economies moving forward – after all, we are all in this together.

Racing to Protect Remote Endpoints, Fast

We hit a crisis never seen before and one we are not quite out of it. IT managers all over the world went from zero to 100 mph in 6 seconds because the crisis caught most by surprise and bulldozed right into their data center. Next thing you know, most of your internal customers (employees) had to work remotely, throwing your finely tuned tools and processes off-track. IT managers now had to ensure the laptops assigned to employees were secure and all those endpoints and company data leaving the comfort and security of their four-walls were protected. Needless to say, security and data protectio n shot straight up to the top of the list of priorities and procedures to implement.

Crisis Management Strategies Rolled Up into One Guidebook

This brings me to the reason why we created this guidebook titled, “IT Manager’s Guidebook – Essential Strategies for Data Protection and Business Continuity in Times of Crisis.” It was designed with you in mind because we know when things go off-the-rails, sometimes going back to the basics is the most crucial step for not only recovery and protection, but for mitigating risk as well.

Strategies and Resources for Planning and Being Prepared

We took some of the most important topics that are top-of-mind and rolled them up into one neat handbook to help guide you while you are being pressed to do more with less. We understand you immediately jumped to a reactionary mode to enable your remote workers to do their jobs effectively from home. Ensuring you have the required resources, security/data protection, and cloud services in place to facilitate worker productivity is a monumental ask. We tried to make things easy for you to help you prepare for situations like these since our new normal is essentially planning and preparing for crisis as they arise.

In this guidebook, you will find topics related to what you as IT managers are going through. Topics range from:

Get the IT Manager’s Guidebook Now

We hope you take a moment to review the guidebook – download the IT Manager’s Guidebook .

We want to remind you that we can help you meet and exceed your RPO/RTO guidelines and with your object and cold storage needs, saving you power, cooling, and footprint costs. Learn more about our Enterprise Archive and Backup Solutions here .

To view our Partner blog, click here

Why Density Matters in your Data Protection Strategy


Generally speaking, higher density is more desirable – any way you look at it. This is true because more data can be stored in the same physical space. The demands in the data center to retain, secure, and store data to meet compliance requirements is a constant factor. IDC forecasts that by 2025, more than 7 .5 ZB will be stored and dealt with. A good percentage of that data may need to be kept as-long-as forever. When your data center is running out of footprint, what do you do?

Get a high-performing, super dense deduplication appliance.

Choosing the right purpose-built-backup-appliance (PBBA) can be confusing with so many options in the marketplace. While I’m certain the first thing that popped in your mind was, “we can leverage the cloud,” I say that’s great, but certain types of data must be kept on-premise inside the four walls of a data center. This could be data requiring security or special handling, such as trade secrets, customer lists, highest security financial transaction, classified information, just to name a few. Of the data that can leave your four walls and be replicated offsite, it shouldn’t be replicated in its raw format when possible.

A purpose-built backup-appliance does an excellent job, and many vary in its effectiveness. However, they are built to replicate, encrypt, and have full-hardware redundancy, and in some cases, have an integrated path to tape for cold storage. These are some of the standard features, keeping costs low and predictable. (We will get into dedupe ratios in another blog). For now, research states, data will continue to explode. The combination of HDDs + deduplication will excel at reducing costs, and the more effective the data reduction, the lower your TCO will be. Ultimately, that is the goal. An enterprise PBBA will not only give you the performance to meet your RTO/RPO and help you in your drive to zero, but it will be completely compatible with all leading backup software and offer the least disruptive scalability like capacity-on-demand options.

Quantum’s DXi9000 High-Density chassis comes loaded with 12 TB HDDs. This means MORE density footprint + HD chassis and lower power and cooling in enterprise space. DXi9000 is a true enterprise-scale disk backup system. It provides industry leading performance of +37 TB per hour and scales over 20 PB logical capacity all in a 10U!  

To view our Partner blog, click here

Deciphering Some of the Latest Acronyms in Storage Technology – NVMe, RDMA, and More That You Need to Know!


The technology industry is notable for a variety of reasons. It represents 7 out of the top 10 publicly traded firms ranked by market capitalization. In the past half-century, it is responsible for more of the advancements that have changed the way we live and work than any other industry. And finally, although this may be subjective, there is no other industry that uses more acronyms than ours. I could fill an entire book dedicated to decoding and explaining the myriad acronyms used in technology. However, since I don’t have time to do that, I’ll focus on two that represent some of the hottest technologies in storage today – NVMe and RDMA.

To view our Partner blog, click here