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Xcellis Foundation

Xcellis Foundation
Powerful, Low-Cost Workflow Storage


What is Xcellis Foundation?

Xcellis® Foundation is an affordable, easy-to-install, simple-to-manage scale-out NAS storage appliance that provides the capacity and performance you need for both today and tomorrow.

Xcellis Foundation is a turnkey solution with the features, performance, and scalability of an enterprise-grade system, sized and priced for smaller workgroups and organizations. Integrated storage tiering efficiently moves less-frequently used data to the cloud or other archive tiers to drive down the cost of long-term storage and preserve valuable free space in Xcellis Foundation.

StorNext storage management software comes with all Xcellis Foundation systems, simplifying the installation and setup process with a web-based user interface. With StorNext Connect, easily manage all aspects of your Quantum NAS storage environment with robust system and client reporting―including capacity, performance, and utilization―both in real time and historically.

All Xcellis appliances are powered by the industry’s fastest and most popular scale-out file and data management system, Quantum StorNext. StorNext is designed specifically for managing large data-intensive, stream-based workflows, including 4K. Xcellis Foundation comes with StorNext 6, the latest and most feature-rich version, which includes bandwidth management, non-disruptive stripe group scaling, file system auditing, and FlexTier™ cloud access.

Xcellis Foundation can grow as your business dictates. Easily add capacity, connectivity, and redundancy. With StorNext advanced data management, you can add Quantum nearline and archive solutions―including popular public cloud storage services―with built-in storage tiering without disrupting your workflows.

Form Factor3U rack server, including a 1U Xcellis Workflow Director
node and 2U QXS™-3 storage chassis
Xcellis Workflow DirectorThe “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
QXS-3 Workflow StorageOptimized for the speed, scale, and sharing
required by demanding workflows.
StorNext QXS-3 series storage comes with 48 TB of raw capacity,
and is available in 72 TB and 96 TB options
Storage UsageCombined user data and file system metadata
NICDual 10 GbE Optical (40 GbE option)
Client Protocol SupportStorNext NAS: SMB 1 (CIFS), SMB 2,
SMB 3, NFS v3, NFS v4 (no per client licensing)
Active Directory, OpenLDAP, RESTful API
Client SupportLinux, Mac OS X, Windows
WarrantyOne-year next business day

Integrated Application Support

Xcellis Foundation supports the optional Dynamic Application Environment, a unique Xcellis feature that allows media workflow applications―such as media asset management, wide area file transfer, and transcoding―to run directly on the system without the need for an additional server or more network connectivity.

We've always liked StorNext, but our facility doesn't warrant the always-on, fibre channel connectivity provided by Xcellis. Now we have the best of everything. Xcellis Foundation is sized for our workloads and priced to match. We get a single-node, all Ethernet system that supports all our applications, includes StorNext 6 built-in and still supports Xcellis scalability. It's exactly what we were looking for.

Intelligent Data Management for Complex Workflows

Whether capturing satellite imagery, ingesting hi-res 4K video, or collecting network traffic for cybersecurity―StorNext enables high-performance capture, collaboration, processing, and preservation of data. And while each workflow is different, some things remain the same: the data is invaluable, the data is growing, the data cannot be recreated, and the data must be preserved―so it can be repurposed in ways that can’t be imagined today. Complex workflows require reliable, secure, and proven storage you can trust―from the Quantum experts who understand that it’s about your workflow―not the storage.

StorNext Connect - Install, Insight, and Management

Xcellis environments running StorNext are dynamic workspaces where multiple users interact with valuable data through a wide variety of applications. Optimizing performance and access to data is an ongoing Administrator task. While StorNext is one of the most hands-off data management platforms available, enhanced insight into system status and single-screen manageability can provide even greater control and visibility to their workspace.


Enables simplified and straightforward installation and configuration of all Xcellis appliances via a robust web-based GUI.


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


Makes it easier to set up and manage workflows by shortening the time it takes to deploy or upgrade a StorNext environment.

Xcellis and StorNext: The best combination of performance, connectivity, and scalability

Xcellis Workflow Storage

Xcellis Foundation is the latest addition to Quantum’s line of workflow storage. Xcellis appliances are designed to meet the needs of the largest, most demanding content workflows. With more media workflows powered by StorNext than any other storage technology, Quantum is the undisputed leader in storage for content creation. From high-performance production storage capable of supporting real-time work with the highest resolutions―including 4K and beyond―to massively scalable archive storage to manage digital content libraries on-premise or in the cloud, Xcellis can support it all.

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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