Many industries, such as life sciences, engineering design, energy, and university research rely on workflows that involve storing, managing, and moving large numbers of files. Files related to one project may be scattered across multiple file systems, making it difficult to get a project-wide view of storage usage. File sizes are increasing, straining storage infrastructure, IT staff, and budgets. While the price of storage continues to fall, the cost of managing a complex storage infrastructure continues to rise. Joint solutions from DataFrameworks and Quantum uniquely address this problem by reducing both operating and capital costs associated with managing large amounts of file-based data across complex storage environments.
Quantum StorNext® appliances and DataFrameworks ClarityNow together provide high-performance, massively scalable file storage along with the visibility and insight needed to intelligently manage all the stored information.
StorNext appliances Artico™ and Xcellis™ combine the power of a SAN, the easy access of NAS, and a flexible, integrated data management engine. This combination delivers unmatched performance and flexibility. ClarityNow enables easy migration of files and projects to and within a StorNext environment to take advantage of better speed, access, data protection, and cost management.
An End-to-End Solution
Quantum StorNext appliances and DataFrameworks ClarityNow provide all the key components needed for operational deployment:
File System Visibility and Control
ClarityNow provides file system visibility and control for business users, allowing them to determine what and when to archive. In a large data environment consisting of millions of files and directories, the process of identifying candidates for archive is extremely challenging. The traditional process consists of checking with the department’s content owners for status or approval to archive, and then implementing the actual file movement. ClarityNow empowers the content owners to take responsibility and control the archive process.
High-Speed Data Movement
ClarityNow data movement plug-ins can leverage high-speed parallel file movement tools to get data into the StorNext archive quickly. Once in the archive, Quantum’s integrated high-speed data movers drive parallel data movement to attached storage tiers. When ClarityNow identifies content that should be archived, StorNext takes those instructions and efficiently places content in the appropriate archive storage tier—on premise, in the cloud, or both.
Support for Multiple File Systems
Most sizeable organizations have a large number of file systems, which makes discovery and management of data even more difficult. ClarityNow monitors multiple file systems simultaneously, creating a consolidated view. Users can easily find all files related to a single project. Projects can be tagged with unique identifiers that allow for even further consolidation, reporting, and control. StorNext migrates all project data to lower-cost tiers of storage without changing access or impeding visibility.
Beyond Simple “Find”
ClarityNow’s high-speed search goes far beyond simple “find” tools to provide business users with on-demand insight into both the primary storage and archive repositories, including all secondary tiers. The ClarityNow plug-in for StorNext Storage Manager displays the physical location of the asset, additional file information, and even thumbnails for image files.
The combination of Quantum high-performance storage appliances with DataFrameworks ClarityNow provides unprecedented data visibility and access for even the most complicated environments. This powerful and elegant storage solution brings intelligence to file management without complexity, and delivers the insight data owners and IT need to protect valuable content, prevent file system sprawl, and maximize valuable IT infrastructure.