ActiveScale Object Storage Product Line Bolsters Quantum’s Industry-Leading Portfolio for Managing Video and Unstructured Data

SAN JOSE, CA – February 3, 2020 — /BackupReview.info/ — Quantum Corporation today announced it has entered into an agreement with Western Digital Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., to acquire its ActiveScale object storage business. The addition of the ActiveScale product line and talent brings object storage software and erasure coding technology to Quantum’s portfolio, and enables the company to expand in the object storage market. The acquisition demonstrates Quantum’s commitment to innovation and growth, extending the company’s leadership role in storing and managing video and unstructured data using a software-defined approach. Quantum and Western Digital are committed to executing a smooth transition for customers and key stakeholders, with Quantum providing post-closing continued support for ActiveScale products and a strong commitment to invest in – and enhance – the ActiveScale product line.

Where Object Storage Fits in Quantum's Portfolio.

The transaction is expected to close by March 31, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Quantum expects the initial financial impact of the transaction to be neutral to slightly accretive to current business operations and additional guidance will be provided with the release of the fiscal Q4 2020 financial results.

Object Storage and Erasure Coding; Key Technologies for Managing Video and Unstructured Datasets
Video and other forms of unstructured data are growing exponentially in every industry. IDC forecasts this type of data will represent over 80% of all the world’s data by 2022*. Examples of this unstructured data include video and images for entertainment, surveillance and security, marketing and training, and more. In addition, industries like genomics research, advanced driver assistance systems, geospatial exploration, and more are generating huge amounts of similar data. This content requires high-speed capture and processing (typically done with a file system like StorNext®), then is generally retained for many years or decades.

Object storage software has a number of attributes that make it particularly well-suited for a wide range of datasets:

  • Massive Scalability:  Store, manage and analyze billions of objects, and exabytes of capacity.
  • Highly Durable and Available:  ActiveScale object storage offers up to 19 nines of data durability using patented erasure coding protection technologies.
  • Easy to Manage at Scale:  Because object storage has a flat namespace (compared to a hierarchical file system structure) managing billions of objects and hundreds of petabytes o capacity is easier than using traditional network attached storage. This reduces operational expenses.

Customers Increasingly Rely on Object Storage Software for Active Archives
Quantum has a history of success delivering object storage and has been selling and supporting the ActiveScale product line for over five years.  Object storage can be used as an active-archive tier of storage – where StorNext file storage is used for highest performance ingest and processing of data, object storage acts as lower cost online content repository, and tape acts as the lowest cost cold storage tier, as shown in the diagram below.

In a diverse range of industries spanning media and entertainment, genomics and life sciences, autonomous vehicle research, and university research, ActiveScale can serve a number of use cases:

  • Object storage in media production:  Object storage is used as a long-term content repository for video content, in movie and TV production, in sports video, and even for large corporate video departments.  Customers in movie and TV production require very high performance ingest, edit, processing, rendering of their video files, which typically is done with a file system like StorNext.  Once content is finished, it is preserved in an object store, with StorNext data management handling the data movement between file and object tiers.
  • Object storage for enterprise archiving and long-term retention:  As object storage has matured, all leading backup applications can now backup data to an object target, and enterprise IT departments are looking at object storage as a long-term content repository.
  • Object storage for genomics and life sciences:  Genomics sequencing and other life sciences research generates a massive amount of data, that must be processed and analyzed quickly (typically with a clustered file system like StorNext), then archived on object storage.
  • Object storage for video surveillance:  Object storage is also used as a tier for multi-petabyte surveillance infrastructure.  Video is typically captured and recorded on higher-performance servers, then archived on object storage.

To serve the needs of these use cases and others, Quantum StorNext is certified with many leading public and private object stores today.  With the addition of the ActiveScale product line, Quantum will remain committed to maintaining an open ecosystem of certified third-party object stores, with StorNext providing the ability to move data to these third-party object tiers.

Supporting Quotes
“As Quantum returns to a growth path, we will be evaluating strategic acquisitions that bolster our technology portfolio,” says Jamie Lerner, President and CEO, Quantum.  “Object storage software is an obvious fit with our strategy, our go-to-market focus, and within our technology portfolio.  We are committed to the product, and to making ActiveScale customers successful, and we look forward to engaging with them to solve their most pressing business challenges around storing and managing unstructured data.  With the addition of the engineers and scientists that developed the erasure-coded object store software, we can deliver on a robust technical roadmap, including new solutions like an object store built on a combination of disk and tape.”

“With Quantum’s resources, technical expertise and focus on solving customers’ challenges with managing video and other unstructured data, we believe ActiveScale will enable new value for customers,” said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager of Western Digital’s Data Center business.  “Western Digital and Quantum are each committed to continuity of support for existing ActiveScale customers.”

Additional Resources

  • To learn about Quantum Object Storage Solutions: https://www.quantum.com/en/products/object-storage/
  • *IDC Vendor Spotlight, sponsored by Quantum, “Managing Unstructured Data Growth Requires a Fresh Approach”, January 2020. To download visit: https://www.quantum.com/globalassets/documents/idc-vendor-spotlight.pdf

About Quantum
Quantum technology and services help customers capture, create and share digital content – and preserve and protect it for decades. With solutions built for every stage of the data lifecycle, Quantum’s platforms provide the fastest performance for high-resolution video, images, and industrial IoT. That’s why the world’s leading entertainment companies, sports franchises, researchers, government agencies, enterprises, and cloud providers are making the world happier, safer, and smarter on Quantum. See how at www.quantum.com

Quantum and the Quantum logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking” statements. Quantum advises caution in reliance on forward-looking statements. If the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Quantum Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries (“Quantum”) may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements regarding the expected closing of the proposed transaction, the intent of Quantum to evaluate strategic acquisitions in the future and the anticipated benefits and impact of the proposed purchase of the ActiveScale business by Quantum, and statements related to the anticipated size of the object storage market and Quantum’s ability to grow the ActiveScale business. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that conditions to closing the transaction may not be satisfied, such that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed; risks that Quantum will not recognize the anticipated benefits of the transaction, including the risk of losing customers as the business transitions to Quantum; risks that Quantum cannot develop the technology to meet market needs and other risks related to the ActiveScale business; the need to address the many challenges facing Quantum’s existing businesses; the competitive pressures faced by Quantum’s businesses, including the ActiveScale business; risks associated with executing Quantum’s strategy; the distribution of Quantum’s products and the delivery of Quantum’s services effectively; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; and other risks that are described herein, including but not limited to the items discussed in “Risk Factors” in Quantum’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Committee on August 6, 2019. Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Public Relations Contact:
Bob Wientzen
Quantum Corp.
+1 (720) 201-8125
bob.wientzen@quantum.com

Source: Quantum Corp.

 


A related press release by Western Digital is found below …


Western Digital Announces Sale of ActiveScale Business to Quantum

SAN JOSE, CA - Feb 3, 2020 — /BackupReview.info/ — Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that its subsidiary Western Digital Technologies, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its ActiveScale™ business to Quantum Corp. (NASDAQ: QMCO), an industry leader in storing and managing video content and unstructured data. Under the agreement, Quantum will acquire Western Digital’s full line of ActiveScale products.

The announcement follows Western Digital’s announced strategic intent to exit Storage Systems and optimize its Data Center Systems business around Storage Platforms. Western Digital completed the sale of its IntelliFlash™ product lines to DDN last year.

“With their complementary portfolio of software defined solutions and technologies, and established customer base, Quantum is well positioned to build on the ActiveScale systems business,” said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president & general manager of the Data Center business. “Both Western Digital and Quantum are committed to executing a smooth transition for all stakeholders and ensuring that customers will continue to receive best-in-class service and support.”

The transaction is expected to close by the end of this quarter, March 31, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Western Digital
Western Digital, a leader in data infrastructure, creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Our data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology™, SanDisk®, WD®, and the Western Digital® brands.

Western Digital, the Western Digital logo, G-Technology, SanDisk, WD, and ActiveScale are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the expected closing and impact of the sale of the ActiveScale business to Quantum, business strategies and growth opportunities, and product and technology portfolio. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements.

Key risks and uncertainties include the possibility that conditions to closing the transaction may not be satisfied, such that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed; volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, including our most recently filed periodic report, to which your attention is directed. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

Press Contacts
Corporate
Jim Pascoe
+1-408-717-6999
jim.pascoe@wdc.com

Analyst Relations
Lisa Neitzel
+1-408-717-7607
lisa.neitzel@wdc.com

Americas
Steve Shattuck
+1-949-672-7817
steve.shattuck@wdc.com

Asia Pacific
Jolin Tan
+65-6840-9326
jolin.tan@wdc.com

China
Cathy Ding
+86-213-2063-843
cathy.ding@wdc.com

EMEA
Neill Ewen
+353-87981-3568
neill.ewen@wdc.com

India
Monika Sharma
+91-991-0088-894
monika.sharma@wdc.com

Japan – Corporate
Emi Hatano
+81-343-347-115
emi.hatano@wdc.com

Japan – Products
Kenji Suzuki
+81-3-3642-265
kenji.suzuki@wdc.com

Source: WD

 

 

 

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