Xcellis Workflow Storage

Accelerate. Scale.

Xcellis Workflow Storage is high-performance shared storage for collaborative workflows—powered by StorNext, the industry’s fastest streaming file system. Engineered to tackle the world’s most demanding data-intensive workloads.

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What is Xcellis Workflow Storage?


Xcellis workflow storage enables high-speed shared access to your critical data. Powered by StorNext advanced 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 access to data is no longer a "nice-to-have."

In order to stay competitive and meet demanding schedules, high-performance workflow storage is a key requirement. Xcellis workflow storage, powered by StorNext is screaming fast. Bandwidth scales as needed by adding storage arrays. Regardless of the amount of data, the size of the files, or the number of collaborators, there’s a configuration of Xcellis that will keep everyone productive.

Data growth continues to accelerate.

Explosive growth in file sizes and quantities is now the norm. Organizations need storage that scales easily and continuously, without costly forklift upgrades. Xcellis can be sized to precisely fit current requirements and scaled to meet future demands simply by adding storage arrays. Capacity and performance can grow independently, and no additional accelerators or controllers are needed to reach petabyte scale.

Xcellis workflow storage fits your workflow—without compromise.

Xcellis workflow storage enables virtually limitless range of configurations and options. It combines support for up to 64 individually configurable volumes, multiple disk performance profiles, and unified access via all high-performance network protocols.

Productivity requirements are higher than ever.

And demanding workflows have spawned an increased need for collaboration and expanded, sometimes geographically dispersed team members. By combining Xcellis direct SAN access via fibre channel, with DLC and NAS connectivity over Ethernet, Xcellis provides the best of performance and accessibility, extending collaboration to the broadest range of users.

Xcellis Workflow Director

The “brains” of a StorNext environment.

Factory-installed with StorNext advanced data management software and preconfigured with metadata storage, Xcellis Workflow Directors are purpose-built to enable high-speed ingest and shared access, at scale, with reliability you can trust.

Configuration Options Available with combined metadata and user storage or dedicated metadata storage
Storage Support Supports Quantum QXS storage for combined metadata and data options; Quantum or 3rd party storage with dedicated metadata models
Workflow Director Nodes Dual rack servers | Redundant power supplies |
Workflow Director Storage Quantum QXS-4

Dual redundant high-performance controllers

Quad 16Gb Fibre Channel per controller (eight ports total)

Available in 2U12, 2U24, and 4U56 options
Connectivity Options Fibre Channel: Quad 16Gb Optical, 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, public cloud, and Lattus™ or other object storage connections
Choose from quad 1GbE, dual 10GbE, or dual 40GbE 10GbE and 40GbE in Optical or Twinax

Optional InfiniBand: Up to two additional NICs for dual QSFP FDR InfiniBand connectivity

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)

Choice of StorNext QXS Series Storage

Optimized for the speed, scale, and sharing required by complex workflows.

StorNext QXS Series storage is offered in several different chassis and drive sizes, providing a range of capacities, densities, and performance for different workflows.

  QXS-1200StorNext QXS-412   QXS-2400StorNext QXS-424   QXS-456StorNext QXS-456   StorNext QD7000StorNext QD7000  
Maximum Raw
384TB 230.4TB 1,344TB 1.44PB
Drives per
12 24 56 60
Max Chassis
per array
8 8 4 6
Base System
Form Factor
2U 2U 4U 4U

Optional StorNext Gateway Appliances

StorNext Gateway Appliances provide scalable access to LAN clients over IP.

Using our optimized StorNext DLC protocol, StorNext Gateways deliver performance up to 50% faster than conventional NAS. StorNext Gateways come with built-in load-balancing and failover to ensure client access to critical data.

StorNext G301  

StorNext G302  
Connectivity 1GbE Ethernet
8Gb Dual FC
10GbE Ethernet
8Gb Dual FC
800 MB/s aggregate
per Gateway
1.6 GB/s aggregate
per Gateway

Introducing Xcellis Scale-out NAS

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.

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Solving the World’s Hardest Data Management Problems

We were amazed when we realized that we could take in 50 percent more data than we normally do in a day. A faster ingest data rate coupled with a robust data management system enables us to run tests more quickly and get the ships back out to sea in a timely manner.
Bryan Bennett, NSWCCD Computer Scientist See their story  

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    Data Management

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    Primary Storage

    Primary Storage

    High-performance shared storage for large, data-intensive workloads. Powered by StorNext, the industry’s fastest streaming file system.

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    Online Storage

    Online Storage

    Low-latency, massively scalable Lattus™ object storage with StorNext policy-based tiering for unmatched data durability.

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    Extended Storage  
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    Tape Archives

    Best-in-class data integrity for long-term data preservation at lowest possible cost. Integrated with StorNext for transparent access to tiered data.

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