Storage solutions vendor Quantum (OTCPK: QMCO) has announced the release of a new, lower-priced addition to its “award-winning” Quantum F-Series family of NVMe storage appliances, the F1000.
Leveraging software defined architecture introduced with the Quantum F2000, the F1000 would offer “ultra-fast” streaming performance and response times at a lower entry price.
“Unstructured data is created in many ways as it enters its lifecycle,” said Amita Potnis, Research Director, Infrastructure Systems, IDC. “Quantum’s high-performance NVMe flash-based storage offering is well-suited to ultra-high-def content, high-resolution images, and other forms of video and video-like datasets. The F1000 shows great promise for addressing the requirements for ultra-fast reads and writes and parallel processing for a wide range of use cases.”
The F-Series is used by major studios, corporations, and government agencies to accelerate the capture, edit, and finishing of high-definition content, and speeds VFX and CGI render performance “by 10x-100x”, to develop cutting edge augmented and virtual reality.
NVMe Tuned for Video
Unlike more general purpose NVMe storage arrays, the Quantum F-Series was designed specifically for the video and image-based workloads that are critical to customers. This content can be high-definition video used for movie, TV, and sports production, marketing and advertising content. It could also include image-based workloads that require high speed processing, such as the data from a satellite feed, a drone, a car used in the development of new automated driver assistance systems (ADAS), and more.
The F1000 is a 1U NVMe storage server optimized for performance, without the high-availability design of the F2000. Using a single-controller server and optimizing the F-Series software stack to run with less CPU, the F1000 would offer the same “ultra-fast” streaming performance and response times as the F2000, at a lower entry price. The Quantum F1000 would offer performance that is “5x to 10x” faster than an equivalent SAS SSD storage array, at a similar price.
The F1000 is available in two capacity points: 39 TB and 77 TB. It offers the same connectivity options as the F2000: 32 Gb fiber channel, or iSER / RDMA using 100 Gb Ethernet, and is designed to be deployed as part of a StorNext scale out file storage cluster.
Quantum’s Software-Defined Architecture
The F1000 leverages the same software-defined block storage platform that was introduced with the Quantum F2000, which enabled Quantum to go from concept to completed design in less than one quarter. The introduction of the F1000 illustrates the power of Quantum’s software-defined architecture and is an example of the accelerated pace of innovation that defines the new Quantum.
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“The F1000 provides a low-priced entry point for customers seeking the performance advantages of NVMe but don’t require the high availability capabilities of the F2000,” said Jamie Lerner, President and CEO of Quantum. “Our software defined approach enabled us to deliver the F1000 at an ambitious pace, moving from concept to general availability in under six months. This aggressive tempo of innovation ultimately enables our customers to be more agile in addressing their business challenges.”
Industry Accolades for Quantum’s F-Series include:
- 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards
- 2019 ProductionHUB Award of Excellence
- 2019 TVB Europe Best of Show
- 2019 CSI Award – Best Data Storage Solution
- 2019 Digital Media World Awards, Special Merit – Post-Production Storage Category