Quantum Acquires Western Digital’s ActiveScale Object Storage Business

Quantum has entered into an agreement with Western Digital to acquire its ActiveScale object storage business. The addition of the ActiveScale product line enables Quantum to expand in the object storage market. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Jamie Lerner
“As Quantum returns to a growth path, we will be evaluating strategic acquisitions that bolster our technology portfolio. Object storage software is an obvious fit with our strategy, our go-to-market focus, and within our technology portfolio,” said Jamie Lerner, President and CEO of Quantum.

Quantum and Western Digital are committed to executing a smooth transition for customers and key stakeholders, with Quantum providing post-closing continued support for ActiveScale products and “a strong commitment to invest in – and enhance – the ActiveScale object storage product line.”

“As Quantum returns to a growth path, we will be evaluating strategic acquisitions that bolster our technology portfolio,” said Jamie Lerner, President and CEO of Quantum. “Object storage software is an obvious fit with our strategy, our go-to-market focus, and within our technology portfolio. We are committed to the product, and to making ActiveScale customers successful, and we look forward to engaging with them to solve their most pressing business challenges around storing and managing unstructured data.  With the addition of the engineers and scientists that developed the erasure-coded object store software, we can deliver on a robust technical roadmap, including new solutions like an object store built on a combination of disk and tape.”

Object Storage

Object storage software has a number of attributes that would make it particularly well-suited for a wide range of datasets:

  • Massive Scalability – Store, manage and analyze billions of objects, and exabytes of capacity.
  • Durable and Available – ActiveScale object storage would offer up to 19 nines of data durability using patented erasure coding protection technologies.
  • Easy to Manage at Scale – Because object storage has a flat namespace (compared to a hierarchical file system structure) managing billions of objects and hundreds of petabytes o capacity is easier than using traditional network attached storage. This would reduce operational expenses.

Quantum has been selling and supporting the ActiveScale product line for over five years already. Object storage can be used as an active-archive tier of storage – where StorNext file storage is used for highest performance ingest and processing of data, object storage acts as lower cost online content repository, while tape acts as the lowest cost cold storage tier.

Use Cases

In a diverse range of industries spanning media and entertainment, genomics and life sciences, autonomous vehicle research, and university research, ActiveScale can serve a number of use cases:

  • Object storage in media production – Object storage is used as a long-term content repository for video content, in movie and TV production, in sports video, and even for large corporate video departments. Customers in movie and TV production require very high performance ingest, edit, processing, rendering of their video files, which typically is done with a file system like StorNext. Once content is finished, it is preserved in an object store, with StorNext data management handling the data movement between file and object tiers.
  • Object storage for enterprise archiving and long-term retention – As object storage has matured, all leading backup applications can now backup data to an object target, and enterprise IT departments are looking at object storage as a long-term content repository.
  • Object storage for genomics and life sciences – Genomics sequencing and other life sciences research generates a massive amount of data, that must be processed and analyzed quickly (typically with a clustered file system like StorNext), then archived on object storage.
  • Object storage for video surveillance – Object storage is also used as a tier for multi-petabyte surveillance infrastructure. Video is typically captured and recorded on higher-performance servers, then archived on object storage.

“With Quantum’s resources, technical expertise and focus on solving customers’ challenges with managing video and other unstructured data, we believe ActiveScale will enable new value for customers,” said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager of Western Digital‘s Data Center business. “Western Digital and Quantum are each committed to continuity of support for existing ActiveScale customers.”