Xcellis Scale-out NAS

Unified Unstructured Data at Scale

Xcellis® Scale-out NAS is the industry’s first storage solution to comprehensively address the needs of high-value data environments, where an organization’s revenue and products are all built around data. 


The latest evolution of Quantum’s market-leading, scale-out shared workflow storage platform, Xcellis Scale-out NAS is engineered to deliver the management capabilities and robust features of enterprise NAS with the cost-effective scaling organizations demand to address modern data growth.

Dealing with the Polarization of Unstructured Data

In this Quantum Xcellis Scale-out NAS product spotlight, Storage Switzerland takes a look at the industry’s first storage solution to comprehensively address the needs of high-value data environments, where an organization’s revenue and products are all built around data.

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Featured Benefits


Cost-Effective Scaling of Performance and Capacity

Clusters can scale capacity and performance together or independently to reach hundreds of petabytes and terabytes-per-second performance. Single client connections (SMB, NFS, or high-performance client) can achieve more than 3x the performance of competitive enterprise NAS offerings.


Lifecycle, Location and Cost Management

Xcellis Scale-out NAS leverages Quantum’s 15 years of data management experience built into StorNext®. Xcellis data management provides automatic tiering between SSD, disk, tape, object storage and public cloud. Copies can be created for content distribution, data protection and disaster recovery.


Advanced Features and Flexible Management

With a simple installation and setup, in as little as 30 minutes, Xcellis Scale-out NAS provides a modern administrative GUI with in-depth monitoring, alerting and management functions, plus rapid scanning and search. Xcellis Scale-out NAS is designed to integrate with the highest performance Ethernet networks through SMB and NFS interfaces.


Artificial Intelligence with Xcellis

Xcellis Scale-out NAS makes it possible to create more value with new data—or remonetize existing data—using the Xcellis artificial intelligence (AI) data enhancement capabilities. Xcellis is the only scale-out NAS platform with integrated AI for on-premise data to enable active interrogation of data—such as events, objects or faces, words and sentiments—along multiple axes to automatically generate new, custom metadata. This effectively opens new possibilities for queries, searches, and analyses.


  • WORKFLOW DIRECTOR NODES Dual rack servers
    Redundant power supplies
    Dual six-core high-performance Intel E5 v3 CPUs
    Dual redundant high-performance controllers
    Available in 2U12, 2U24, and 4U56 options
  • STORAGE SUPPORT Supports Quantum QXS storage for combined metadata and data options; Quantum or 3rd-party storage for user data*.
  • NAS CONNECTIVITY LICENSE Enables connection of SMB and NFS clients directly to Xcellis; does not require per-client licensing.
  • OPTIONAL STORNEXT LAN GATEWAY LICENSE Enables connection of StorNext LAN clients directly to Xcellis; does not require per-client licensing.
  • INCLUDED STORNEXT SOFTWARE StorNext High Availability License Option, 10 SAN clients available to the user for any OS type, 1 embedded SAN client for each Xcellis Workflow Director node, and a Distributed Data Mover license (for the secondary node).
  • ONBOARD ETHERNET Quad 1 GbE for service, management, and metadata networks.
  • ADDITIONAL ETHERNET Up to two additional NICs for StorNext LAN, NAS, public cloud, and Lattus™ or other object storage connections
    Choose from quad 1 GbE, dual 10 GbE, or dual 40 GbE
    10 GbE in Optical, Twinax, or 10GBase-T.
  • OPTIONAL INFINIBAND Up to two additional NICs for dual QSFP FDR Infiniband connectivity
  • FIBRE CHANNEL Quad 16 Gb Optical, Dual 16 Gb Optical, or Quad 8 Gb Optical.
  • CLIENT PROTOCOL SUPPORT StorNext SAN, StorNext LAN, SMB 1 (CIFS), SMB 2, SMB 3, NFS v3, NFS v4 Active Directory, OpenLDAP, RESTful API.
  • CLIENT SUPPORT Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, AIX
  • CLOUD STORAGE The FlexTier™ feature of StorNext Storage Manager provides support for customer-owned public cloud accounts in Amazon AWS including S3, S3 Infrequent Access, Glacier, GovCloud, and C2S; Microsoft Azure Locally Redundant Storage (LRS), Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS), Geographically Redundant Storage (GRS), Read-Access Geographically Redundant Storage (RA-GRS); or Google S3 Cloud services.
  • OBJECT STORAGE Quantum Lattus low-latency, massively scalable object storage
    Support for third-party object storage using StorNext Storage Manager.
  • TAPE ARCHIVE StorNext AEL500, StorNext AEL6000 tape archive
    Scalar i3/i6 tape libraries
    3rd-party tape archive systems also supported

Xcellis Scale-out NAS Architecture

Xcellis Scale-out NAS Diagram

Flexible Configurations

StorNext Connect - Install, Insight and Management

Xcellis Scale-out NAS environments powered by StorNext are dynamic workspaces where multiple users interact with valuable data through a range of applications. StorNext is one of the most hands-off data management platforms available today. StorNext Connect delivers enhanced insight into system status plus single-screen manageability to provide even greater control and visibility to users’ workspaces.

StorNext Environment

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With an intuitive and modern interface, StorNext Connect enables simplified and straightforward installation and configuration of all Xcellis Scale-out NAS appliances in a matter of minutes.

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Provides current statistics along with historical and future trends for performance, throughput, and latency of all file systems at a high level plus a drill-down to individual components.

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Makes it easier to set up and manage workflows by shortening the time required to deploy or upgrade a scale-out NAS environment.

StorNext: Shared Parallel File System

StorNext Data Management System

The StorNext shared storage platform, which comes with every Xcellis appliance, is purpose-built for managing large, data-intensive workloads, with the ability to efficiently and cost-effectively scale as needed to satisfy demanding business requirements. Advanced data management capabilities empower customers to optimize capacity through policy-driven, automated storage tiering, thus reducing the need for costly primary storage. Files can be automatically and transparently moved from primary storage to tape, object storage or the cloud—all while optimizing performance and maintaining high availability.

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