Quantum Launches Q-Cloud

SAN JOSE, CALIF.—Quantum Corp, a Silicon Valley-based provider of storage, archive and data protection technology, has launched “Q-Cloud,” a new offering that allows users to leverage Quantum’s intelligent data management software to store data in the cloud.

The Q-Cloud umbrella encompasses three elements: Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault, which incorporate the public cloud as an off-site tier within a Quantum StorNext 5 workflow environment, and Q-Cloud Protect for AWS, which allows customers using Quantum’s DXi deduplication appliances to replicate data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

Quantum positions its cloud-based offering as a solution for organizations that utilize complex, data-intensive workflows, such as capturing and evaluating satellite images, producing and distributing high-resolution video, and collecting and analyzing network traffic for cybersecurity defense. These types of workflows—tightly integrated with applications that need to work in cost-efficient, low latency environments— require solutions that go beyond the capabilities of the public cloud, according to Quantum.

The company says its cloud solutions enable customers to manage their storage in a hybrid environment, combining public cloud storage with on-storage premises in a multi-tier, intelligently managed, application-centric architecture. Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault, for example, are public cloud storage services delivered by Quantum, with Q-Cloud Archive providing fast on-demand access to data in the cloud and Q-Cloud Vault offering “cold storage” for long-term data retention and disaster recovery. Q-Cloud Protect for AWS is a subscription-based service through the Amazon Marketplace and enables users to replicate data from either a physical or virtual DXi appliance on premises to a virtual DXi instance in the AWS cloud.

No separate hardware or applications are required; after customers download the update, the service appears as a tab in the StorNext menu. Q-Cloud Archive is available immediately in the Americas, EMEA and APAC, while Q-Cloud Vault will be available in the second half of this year. Q-Cloud Protect for AWS will be available in Q2, 2015.

Tom Butts

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched digitalbroadcasting.com for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (www.tvtech.com), the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.