ESG Senior Lab Analyst Tony Palmer discusses ESG's testing of the Quantum Artico NAS Appliance, built on Quantum StorNext 5 software.
Announcer: The following is an ESG Lab video.
Tony: Hello and welcome to this ESG Lab video summary. Over the next few minutes, I'll be reviewing the results from a recently completed ESG Lab Validation of the Quantum Artico Active Archive Appliance.
ESG research has found that managing data growth and improving data backup and recovery are among the top five most cited IT priorities. In the same survey, business process improvements were cited as a top justification for IT expenses by 32% of those surveyed, while 46% reported using cloud infrastructure services for data backup and archive.
Quantum Artico is a NAS appliance built on Quantum StorNext 5 software. It's designed to reduce costs by storing content on mass storage and increase productivity by offering NAS access to deep content pools for active sharing and production workflows. Artico is engineered to streamline retrieval of data from traditional deep archives, making archiving more acceptable and transparent to data consumers.
ESG Lab validated Quantum Artico's ease of use, configuration, management, and availability. We looked at the steps used to integrate Quantum Artico into an existing environment containing multiple tiers of archive targets. First, we created the Artico NAS cluster using StorNext Connect software. We were able to set the virtual IP address the cluster would use, define shares for applications, and configure authentication all quickly and easily.
Next we took a look at the StorNext Connect dashboard. The dashboard gives an administrator an at-a-glance view of the status of each element in the archive environment. Simple indicators showing capacity, heath, and performance let administrators drill down into issues with just one click. File systems, on-site tape libraries and drives, object stores, and cloud repositories are all accessible from a single screen. ESG Lab also looked at the StorNext Connect mobile app, which provides performance monitoring and analytics. StorNext Connect is designed to provide visibility and insight into system performance and control when and where it's needed.
Next ESG Lab looked at policy execution, which is how Artico stores and protects its data. We validated this by creating a policy on an Artico directory configured as a Veritas Enterprise Vault Store. This is just one example of the many ways Artico can ingest data. Once the Enterprise Vault task completed, Artico policies automatically copied the files from Artico disk to both archive targets, a tape library and a Lattus Object store. Artico truncated the files, freeing up disk space. As a result, file system metadata remained in place and the files appeared in the share as if they were still on disk but offline. Here you can see the file size on disk before and after truncation.
ESG Lab is pleased to report that Quantum Artico is a multi-tiered, highly available archive solution that is easy to configure and manage, and is easy to integrate into workflows using standard mass protocols, all while providing policy-based granular control over all aspects of data throughout its life cycle.
StoreNext Connect guides organizations through installation and provides insight, monitoring, and control via desktop or mobile devices. Quantum's Artico Active Archive Storage Solutions are designed to be a comprehensive answer to the data retention needs of organizations, allowing them to archive and retrieve data on demand while providing significant savings in time, effort, and cost by automatically integrating a self-protecting archive into existing workflows. If you'd like to learn more, you can download the full ESG Lab Validation report from the website.