Quantum announces new tape storage platform

Quantum Scalar
Neal Romanek
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October 13th 2016 at 10:04AM : By Neal Romanek

The new platform includes storage of up to 12 petabytes in a single rack

Quantum has announced a new Scalar tape storage platform accompanied by three new products - Scalar i3, Scalar i6 and the StorNext AEL6 appliance.

The new Scalar tape libraries are aimed at users who need to manage growing numbers of files by providing high-density and highly scalable storage for long-term content protection and preservation. The company quotes analyst firm Coughlin Associates, who claim that more than 60 exabytes of new storage will be required for archiving and content conversion and preservation by 2020.

Quantum's Scalar i3, Scalar i6 and StorNext AEL6 appliance offer new features including Quantum's iLayer proactive diagnostics which aim to resolve issues before they affect operations and embedded compute capabilities to eliminate external application servers.?

The platform also offer policy-based data integrity checking, which includes the ability to move data off suspect tapes, and in-library active vaulting to reliably enable the longterm storage of petabytes of data.? New enhancements include a new HTTP-based interface, automated setup, configuration and management tasks via web services, a swipe-based local user interface design, and interaction via mobile devices.

Quantum's Scalar i3? supports up to 3PB in 12U of rack space. Wizard-based setup aids in installation, with self-monitoring functions contributing to ongoing maintenance requirements.

The new Scalar i6 stores more than 12PB in a single rack. The Scalar i6 is equipped with an Extended Data Lifecycle Management (EDLM) technology, which aims to prevent data integrity issues from growing and affecting the availability of media. The system's Active Vault feature allows cold data to be vaulted inside the library at a lower cost-per-GB, minimising cartridge handling while improving security and access to vaulted content.

The StorNext AEL6 appliance combines the Scalar i6 library with Quantum's StorNext data management software, to enhance the StorNext AEL line of archive storage appliances for media workflows. Policy-based tiering gives users file system access to all data stored on tape, and self-healing with automatic migration capabilities aims to ensure the ongoing accessibility of content. In common with all StorNext AEL appliances, the StorNext AEL6 is available with slot-based licensing for scaling of the system to accommodate business growth.