Xcellis Workflow Storage
Accelerate. Scale. Empower.
Xcellis Workflow Storage is high-performance shared storage for collaborative workflows—powered by StorNext 5, the industry’s fastest streaming file system. Engineered to solve the world’s toughest data management challenges.
What is Xcellis Workflow Storage?
Xcellis workflow storage enables high-speed shared access to your critical data. Powered by StorNext 5 data management software, it includes an Xcellis Workflow Director for system management and client connectivity, and RAID storage for data. This combination of software, compute, and storage is engineered to solve the world’s biggest storage challenges—and enables you to focus on your workflows rather than the storage. So you can do what you do best.
High-Performance, Massively Scalable Primary Storage
Most organizations that work with large amounts of data are familiar with the causes of their pain—large files, even larger data sets, more collaborators, shorter deadlines, nearly constant upgrades—but far less obvious is a way to address the situation. The ideal solution would be a storage system flexible enough to be right-sized for any large data workflow. One that is scalable enough to keep up with growing demands without performance degradation. A system collaborative enough to provide access, regardless of performance requirements. And finally, efficient enough to do all this and stay on budget. Quantum Xcellis™ workflow storage is just that.
Xcellis optimizes workflow and shared access by combining functions that were formerly provided by separate components into a compact, space- and energy-saving solution. Xcellis manages high-speed disk for the most demanding workflows, multi-protocol SAN and LAN client access, single-pane-of-glass management and monitoring, and automatic data movement to low-cost storage such as cloud, object, and tape. Xcellis maximizes operational and workflow efficiency, and reduces the cost of data storage.
Other scalable storage systems require additional system acceleration units or compute-heavy expansion nodes in order to scale. These units increase the cost and network complexity of scaling. Xcellis scales simply by adding storage arrays so every dollar invested pays off in more capacity and greater bandwidth. Plus, the initial investment in Xcellis is protected, eliminating forklift upgrades in order to scale.
Demanding workflows have spawned an increased need for collaboration and expanded teams. By combining both SAN performance and the ease of NAS connectivity, Xcellis extends collaboration to the broadest range of users. This provides the right level of performance to the right people, improves collaboration, and simplifies deployments and workflows.
Efficiency And Enablement
Xcellis reduces or eliminates the need to maintain multiple storage systems, the network traffic to move data between them, and the time and headcount to manage them. By using converged storage and access, organizations can scale their storage system more efficiently by leveraging every dollar spent to benefit all connected users.
Xcellis optimizes workflows, accelerates time to insight, and empowers organizations to do more with their data.
Features & Benefits:
Efficient, converged architecture
Combines compute, client access, and storage to create an efficient and powerful core of a workflow storage solution.
Flexible continuous scalability
Add storage arrays to scale from the smallest configurations to the largest with no forklift upgrades or extra accelerators.
Multi-protocol access built in
Optimizes workflow efficiency and data access by enabling all clients access to the same data regardless of protocol, on a SAN or on a LAN.
Support for billions of files across up to 64 virtual file systems. Virtually unlimited capacity. Scale to hundreds of petabytes.
Extend scalability even further using
cloud, object storage, or tape.
Flexible connectivity options
16Gb FC, 8Gb FC, 1Gb Ethernet, and 10Gb Ethernet.
Powered by StorNext® 5
Xcellis is designed to get the most out of StorNext 5, the industry’s best data management system for highperformance, multi-tier, shared storage.
StorNext Connect management tool
Built-in deployment, management, monitoring, and reporting for multiple systems from a single interface.
|Xcellis Workflow Storage Specifications|
|Workflow Director Nodes||
|Workflow Director Storage||
|Storage Support||Supports Quantum QXS storage for combined metadata and data options; Quantum or 3rd-party storage for user data*|
|*3rd-party user data storage requires dedicated Quantum QXS metadata storage.|
|Included StorNext Software||StorNext High Availability License Option, ten SAN clients available to the user for any OS type, one embedded SAN client for each Xcellis Workflow Director Node, and a Distributed Data Mover license (for the secondary node)|
|Optional NAS Connectivity License||Allows connection of SMB and NFS clients directly to Xcellis; does not require per-client licensing|
|Optional StorNext LAN Gateway License||Allows connection of StorNext LAN clients directly to Xcellis; does not require per-client licensing|
|Fibre Channel||Dual 16Gb Optical or Quad 8Gb Optical|
|Onboard Ethernet||Quad 1Gb for service, management, and metadata networks|
|Optional Ethernet||Up to two additional NICs for StorNext LAN, NAS, Q-Cloud™,
and Lattus™ connections
Choose from quad 1GbE or dual 10GbE 10GbE in Optical or Twinax
|Client Protocol Support||StorNext SAN, StorNext LAN, SMB 1 (CIFS), SMB 2, SMB 3, NFS v3, Active Directory, OpenLDAP, RESTful API|
|Client Support||Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, AIX (see compatibility document for details)|
|Extended Online||Quantum Lattus-M low-latency, massively scalable object storage|
|Tape Archive||StorNext AEL500, StorNext AEL6000 tape archive 3rd-party tape archive systems also supported|
|Cloud Storage||Q-Cloud Archive simple access cloud storage Q-Cloud Vault long-term deep-archive cloud storage|
|Xcellis Storage Nodes|
|Usage||Combined user data and metadata||Dedicated metadata||Combined user data and metadata|
|Capacity Options (Raw)||48TB, 72TB per chassis||4.8TB, 9.6TB, 19.2TB||224TB, 336TB|
|RAID Array to Expansion Ratio||Up to seven expansions per RAID Array||RAID Array only||Up to three expansions per RAID Array|
|Drive Type||3.5" 7200 RPM NL-SAS||2.5" SSD||3.5" 7200 RPM NL-SAS|
|Xcellis Workflow Director Node
(per node, two nodes per Workflow Director)
|Height||1.68" (4.28 cm)||3.43" (8.71 cm)||3.5" (8.9 cm)||7" (17.8 cm)|
|Width||18.98" (48.32 cm)||18.99" (48.24 cm)||17.6" (44.7 cm)||17.6" (44.7 cm)|
|Depth||27.57" (70.05 cm)||20.46" (51.9 cm)||20.57" (52.25 cm)||36" (91.44 cm)|
|Max Weight||37.3 lb (16.9 kg)||78.2 lb (35.5 kg)||57.32 lb (26 kg)||210 lb (95.3 kg)|
Download the Xcellis Workflow Storage Datasheet (PDF).