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Quick retrieval: StorNext 3.0 can speed access to shared pools of storage and streamline file sharing

Officials at Quantum are hoping to solve a host of storage problems with a single solution. Users need technology that can simplify data sharing for faster business workflows, reduce the cost and complexity of storage and provide an open architecture to support multiple computing platforms, said Nathan Moffitt, product marketing manager for software at Quantum.

The San Jose, Calif.-based company is trying to meet all of those needs with StorNext 3.0, the latest version of Quantum's data management software. Quantum obtained StorNext through its acquisition of ADIC last year and has extended the product beyond its storage-area network management role.

For instance, a new Distributed LAN Client allows applications on a local-area network to access a shared pool of storage much faster than with network-attached storage, Moffitt said. With StorNext 3.0, organizations can move files from primary storage to lower-cost LAN servers and processing farms, he noted. Users employ clustered gateways to access stored data, and a specialized communications protocol boosts file-sharing performance. StorNext also offers load balancing and transparent input/output failover capabilities.

Quantum's data de-duplication technology has been incorporated into StorNext, allowing for more cost-efficient data retention, Moffitt said. The technology breaks down files and only stores unique components to save capacity.

Another feature, Dynamic Resource Allocation, allows users to scale their storage. They can add new storage capacity or transparently swap out disk arrays during hardware upgrades while the system is active.

StorNext 3.0 is built on an open architecture that supports a range of server platforms, operating systems and storage devices. The product will ship in the second quarter of this year.

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Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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