Quantum has added public cloud storage archive and vaulting capability as a tier to its Q-Series storage hardware, as well as the ability to locate a virtual appliance version of its DXi data deduplication backup target in Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) datacentres.
The introduction of Q-Series Archive functionality to Q-Series storage hardware will allow customers to move data according to StorNext tiering policy to Quantum-approved datacentres in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions (except China).
Q-Series Archive will provide latency between “milliseconds and seconds, depending on the customer’s network connection”, according to Quantum product manager Stephane Estevez, and will be available immediately.
Q-Series Vault will provide so-called cold storage, with access times measured in minutes, and will be available in the second half of 2015.
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Customers will be able to select a virtual appliance DXi node in AWS and manage it themselves. It will be available in spring 2015.
Q-Series devices are the primary storage hardware in Quantum’s StorNext product ecosystem, which also comprises M-Series metadata controllers and AEL series tape targets. Q-Series hardware comes in four capacities, ranging from 230TB to 1.44PB.
StorNext provides a file system with multi-protocol access, including block, file and Quantum’s Lattus (from Amplidata) object storage, and policy-based tiering and data movement.
The addition of cloud access reflects a rising trend towards hybridisation between on-premise storage and backup and the ability to move data to the cloud or use it as a data protection target.
Such a hybrid approach reflects the capabilities and limitations of the cloud at present, in which the latency of cloud access makes it best suited to secondary storage, some backup data and archives.