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Quantum Scalar platform grows with LTO libraries, StorNext appliance

Quantum's unstructured data archiving platform consists of Scalar LTO tape libraries and StorNext data management. The vendor aims to make tape more efficient across multi-tiers.

Quantum Corp. has refreshed its Scalar LTO tape library family and added an appliance for rich media archiving.

The three new systems launched this week are part of the Quantum Scalar Storage Platform aimed at handling large-scale unstructured data. The Scalar i3 and i6 support LTO-6 and LTO-7 tapes.

The Quantum Scalar i3 is designed for small to medium-sized businesses and departmental configurations. It scales up to 3 PB in a 12U rack space. The Scalar i3 will replace the Scalar i40 and i80, which Quantum plans to phase out next year.

The Quantum Scalar i6 is a midrange library for small enterprises. It scales up to 12 PB within a single 48U rack.

The new StorNext AEL6 archiving appliance combines the Quantum Scalar i6 library with Quantum's StorNext data management software for archive storage. It has self-healing auto-migration and targets rich media use cases. The new system will replace the AEL500, which also will be phased out next year.

Kieran Maloney, product marketing manager at Quantum, said this latest platform provides high-density storage for Quantum's overall multi-tier portfolio that includes hybrid flash, object-based, cloud and tape storage.

"We are seeing a lot of customers dealing with unstructured data, and customers want access to data," Maloney said. "It's about making tape more efficient in a multi-tier data solution."

Steven Hill, senior storage analyst at 451 Research, said Quantum is building out more efficient robotics and tape libraries that leverage software for more intelligence. He said tape is evolving to become a random-access platform to support object storage, which allows customers to dynamically move data between on-premises storage tiers.

"These are large, binary files," he said. "They are massive files and they are difficult to move into the cloud. Transferring costs start to add up."

LTO-6 provides a native transfer rate of 160 MBps, while the LTO-7 offers 315.2 MBps. Each generation of LTO technology increases transfer rates and storage density.

The Quantum Scalar i3, Scalar i6 and StorNext AEL6 are due to begin shipping in November. List prices begin at $8,500 for the Scalar i3, $25,000 for the Scalar i6 and $42,500 for the AEL6.

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