Ultra-fast NVMe storage servers for editing, rendering, and processing of video content and other large unstructured data sets.
Increase Productivity while Reducing Infrastructure Costs
Major studios, corporations, research institutions and government agencies use the Quantum F-Series to accelerate the capture, edit, and finishing of high-definition content, speed VFX and CGI render performance by 10x-100x, and develop cutting-edge augmented and virtual reality.
NVMe is enabling these customers to process higher-resolution content that drives higher data rates, and provide massive parallel performance for large render farms, while reducing both storage and network infrastructure costs and complexity.
NVMe Tuned for Video and Image-Based Workloads
Unlike more general-purpose NVMe storage arrays, the Quantum F-Series was designed specifically for the video and image-based workloads that are critical to our customers. This content can be high-definition video used for movie, TV, and sports production, marketing and advertising content, or image-based workloads that require high-speed processing, such as the data from a satellite feed, a drone, a car used in the development of automated driver assistance systems (ADAS), and more.
The F-Series uses NVMe flash drives for ultra-fast reads and writes and to support a huge amount of parallel processing. In addition, F-Series uses the latest RDMA networking technology to provide direct access between workstations and the NVMe storage devices, to provide predictable, ultra-fast network performance.
F-Series NVMe servers are deployed as part of a StorNext® scale-out file storage cluster. StorNext data management moves files and folders between NVMe storage pools and other storage pools, so customers can take advantage of the performance NVMe provides for the workloads that require it, while continuing to use lower-cost storage for data where performance is less critical.
F-Series Product Line Overview
Quantum offers two models in the F-Series product line.
The F2000 is a 2U, dual-node server with two hot-swappable compute canisters and 24 dual-ported NVMe drives. It is designed for workloads that require the highest levels of availability, at three capacity points: 46 TB, 92 TB, and 184 TB.
The F1000 is a 1U NVMe server that provides the benefits of NVMe at a lower-priced entry point and is available in two capacity points: 38.4 TB and 76.8 TB.
Quantum F-Series Software: Powered by the Quantum Cloud Storage Platform
Quantum’s Cloud Storage Platform is a software-defined storage platform that was designed specifically for video and other large unstructured data sets.
The Quantum Cloud Storage Platform is:
Software-defined: Run on bare metal, in a VM, or in the cloud. No hardware dependence.
Tuned for low latency and fast streaming performance: Because the Quantum Cloud Storage Platform was built for video and video-like data, we’ve stripped out the data services that don’t apply to video, making the architecture more efficient and maximizing streaming performance to the storage.
Orders of Magnitude Faster than Traditional Flash Storage
NVMe is much faster than traditional flash storage, provides extremely low latency and instant response times for workloads that require a large amount of parallel access.
Reduce Infrastructure Costs and Complexity
Quantum F-Series provides predictable, low-latency access via Fibre Channel or Ethernet, so users can achieve SAN performance with a less expensive Ethernet infrastructure.
Meets Performance Requirements in Less Rack Space
Users that have had to use a large number of HDDs or SSDs to meet their performance requirements can gain back racks of data center space.
Easily Integrates into a StorNext® File Storage Cluster
Enables workstations, applications, and server nodes to access content in file format and provides broad and deep integration with the entire media production ecosystem.
|Form-Factor||1U rack-mounted chassis||2U rack-mounted chassis|
|Drives||10 NVMe U.2||24 Dual-port NVMe|
|Flash Capacity Options||15.36 TB
|Connectivity (Ethernet Model)||4x 100 Gb Ethernet||1 Dual-port 100 Gb Ethernet|
|Connectivity (Fibre Channel Model)||8x 32 Gb Fibre Channel||2 Dual-port 32 Gb Fibre Channel|
|Onboard I/O||2x 10GBase-T||4 10 Gb Ethernet (RJ45)
2 USB 3.0
1 VGA, DB15
1 RJ45 BMC / Management
|Management||Integrated IPMI 2.0 + KVM with dedicated LAN||Integrated IPMI 2.0|
|Physical Dimensions||Height 1.7” (43 mm)
Width 17.2” (437 mm)
Depth 23.5” (597 mm)
Net Weight: 20 lbs (9.1 kg)
Gross Weight: 33 lbs (15.0 kg)
|Height: 3.45” (87.6 mm)
Width: 17.58” (446.4 mm)
Depth: 32.93” (836.4 mm)
Net Weight: 86.0 lbs (39.1 Kg)
Gross Weight: 92.6 lbs (42.1 Kg)
|Power Supplies||1+1 750 Watt||1+1 1800 Watt|
|Power Supply Input||100 - 140 Vac / 8 - 6 A / 50-60 Hz
200 - 240 Vac / 4.5 - 3.8 A / 50-60 Hz
200 - 240 Vdc / 4.5 - 3.8 A (CCC Only)
|200 - 240 Vac|
|Power Supply Certification||Platinum||Platinum Level|
|Serviceability||Status monitor for speed control
Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) fan connectors
Chassis Intrusion Detection
CPU Thermal Trip Support
|Hot-swappable power supplies
|Environmental||Operating Temp: 10 °C to 30 °C (50 °F to 86 °F)
Non-operating Temp: -40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)
Humidity: 8% to 90% (non-condensing)
Non-operating Humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
|Operating Temp: 10 °C to 30 °C (50 °F to 86 °F)
Non-operating Temp: -40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)
Humidity: 8% to 85% (non-condensing)
Non-operating Humidity: 5% to 90% (non-condensing)
Quantum F-Series Reference Architectures
NVMe, RDMA, and Other Emerging Technologies
Improving Media & Entertainment Workflows by Utilizing NVMe Enhanced Storage Resources
NVMe for Media & Entertainment: Maximizing the Benefits of Flash for Video Workflows
Quantum Cloud Storage Platform