Signing up for a public cloud storage account is the easy part. Rolling it into an existing on-premises storage management platform is where things get complicated.
To ease the cloud-integration challenge for organizations that are increasingly housing data on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and other cloud providers, Quantum today launched StorNext 5.4, complete with support for public and private cloud storage.
"Everyone is interested in the cloud," Molly Rector, vice president of marketing at Quantum, told InfoStor, casting little doubt on the appetite for cloud storage enterprises and how they have embraced the cloud as part of the patchwork that makes up their IT setups. Characterizing the new cloud storage management capabilities as "the biggest request" from customers, she said IT departments are starved for solutions that seamlessly bridge on-premises and cloud storage environments. "Very few are 100-percent cloud," reminded Rector.
The StorNext component now enables customers to move data in out of Azure, Google Cloud and AWS, including S3, Glacier, GovCloud and C2S accounts. Building on Lattus, Quantum's object storage technology, the solution also supports IBM Cleversafe, NetApp StorageGRID and Scality RING. More integrations are in the works, according to the company.
Whether called upon to manage data that is safely tucked away in their own data centers or the cloud, "the experience is the same" for storage administrators using the latest version of StorNext, assured Rector. There's no need to log into various cloud accounts; the solution provides visibility through a single-pane management dashboard. "We unify it all and make it a seamless experience."
Also new in is the ability to run applications directly on Xcellis workflow storage appliances powered by StorNext.
Taking cues from virtualization technologies and converged architectures, Quantum's Dynamic Application Environment allows customers to use the often-underutilized compute resources of their storage environments to run data analytics and other applications that benefit from sitting "right next to the storage" in terms of performance, explained Rector. The KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) solution supports both Linux and Windows.
Of course, it also eliminates the need "to connect more servers and networking" to support applications. Ten applications are compatible with Dynamic Application Environment (already integrated or in testing) including Aspera, CatDV from Square Box and FocalPoint Server.
Finally, StorNext 5.4 marks the availability of a new configuration of Xcellis, the company's scale-out workflow storage solution. Now customers with smaller Xcellis deployments that still require high-performance storage operations can use solid-state drives (SSDs) for their metadata storage needs.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.