QStar Technologies Announces Global ArchiveSpaceTM

High Performance, High Capacity, Resilient Multi-Node Archive Gateway Software Supports the World’s Largest Tape Library Environments

Denver, Colorado – April 14, 2024

QStar Technologies Inc, a world leader in active archive software for tape libraries, today announces QStar Global ArchiveSpaceTM, a new multi-node gateway software solution that cost-effectively supports the massive archive needs of high performance computing (HPC), AI/ML, hyperscalers, media and entertainment and video surveillance environments, looking to simplify, store and protect data for the long-term using the world’s largest tape libraries.

Global ArchiveSpaceTM creates a multi-node Windows or Linux based archive solution using Global Namespaces for SMB shares, NFS mounts or S3 buckets. Installing on Windows or Linux allows users to take advantage of their preferred security model, using Active Directory or LDAP. Users can choose, based on desired capacity and performance, from 3 to 64 nodes. Global ArchiveSpaceTM is an extension of QStar Archive Manager, so users can upgrade their existing licenses to take advantage of the improved resilience and performance this solution provides.

“QStar has seen the rise in demand for extremely large tape libraries with tens or hundreds of tape drives over the last few years and has worked diligently to enhance our flagship product, Archive Manager, to support exabytes of data archived to tape for today’s high-performance computing and AI/ML projects, and the growing digital video archive needs of media and entertainment and large-scale video surveillance environments.” said Riccardo Finotti, CEO, QStar Technologies. “Modern tape is an ideal storage solution for these massive data sets when they are not currently being actively used, due to tapes high performance, high reliability and low cost”.

Global ArchiveSpaceTM is designed to support all tape libraries from all vendors but particularly the largest tape libraries available on the market today, using any version of LTO or proprietary tape drive technology. It is ideal for use with IBM TS4500, Oracle SL8500, Quantum Scalar i6000 and Spectra Logic TFinity Exascale supporting hundreds of tape drives and an unlimited media count allowing hundreds of Petabytes or Exabytes.

Key features include:

  • Global namespace facilitates multi-nodes to read / write in parallel, so any node can access any media through any tape drive.
  • Multi-node architecture enables high availability.
  • Multi-write option groups tape drives together for higher performance by allowing a single stream to be written to multiple tape drives based on policies.
  • Mirroring and replication options protect content by automatically creating copies of data within the library, to another tape library, or to private / public cloud.
  • Tape library does not need to be partitioned, reducing administration complexity.
  • Supports hundreds of LTO or proprietary tape drives and unlimited number of media.
  • Web Services support fastest retrieval of sequentially stored data by presorting in the order they appear on tape media to minimize media loads and eliminate “shoe-shining”.

QStar will showcase its latest innovations along with Hammerspace at NAB Show 2024, Las Vegas booth SL6136, April 14-17, 2024. We will also be at ISC High Performance, The HPC Event, Hamburg, Germany, booth D39, May 13-15, 2024. Book a meeting or email us directly at [email protected] to find out how we can help build an active archive environment that meets your budget and long-term data retention requirements.

Hammerspace with QStar Expands Global Data Environment to Include Data on Tape

DENVER, Colo. – January 24, 2024

QStar Technologies Inc, world leader in active archive software for tape libraries, and Hammerspace, orchestrating the Next Data Cycle, have entered into a technology partnership to expand their parallel file system to include all sizes of tape library for medium- and long-term archiving.

“Hammerspace, an innovator in high-performance parallel global file systems, with QStar, adds the final piece of the puzzle with our industry-leading Tape-as-NAS and Tape-as-Cloud software for active archives,” said Riccardo Finotti, CEO of QStar Technologies. “We are very pleased to form this partnership to allow organizations to store their most valuable assets, through Hammerspace, to any tape library using any LTO or proprietary tape drive and media.”

Adding third-party storage support using QStar Archive Manager to include tape greatly benefits high-performance computing, media and entertainment, government and enterprises with large data sets stored on large tape systems to meet economic, power efficiency and ransomware protection goals. Now, data will be accessible via Hammerspace, providing users and applications seamless visibility and standards-based file access across silos to all their data, no matter which storage type or location it is stored.

QStar Archive Manager provides SMB, NFS and S3 protocol options for lowest cost tape library storage for Hammerspace and other enterprise storage vendors, such as Cohesity, Rubrik and HYCU. Archive Manager is a gateway software solution running on Windows or Linux that presents one or multiple file systems or buckets for simple data management to an ever-growing set of tape media.

“When QStar and I co-founded the Active Archive Alliance nearly 15 years ago, the industry was coming together to bring tape data to applications in a standard file format instead of being buried within a proprietary format in a backup file,” said Molly Presley, SVP of Global Marketing for Hammerspace. “Now, with the partnership with QStar and advancements at Hammerspace, we have taken another massive step forward in putting ALL data to work in a single active global file system, delivering performance, access and collaboration to AI models, applications and users anywhere, using data, everywhere.”

The Active Archive Alliance today announced that QStar Technologies have joined the organization. The company join a growing number of industry-leading storage and IT vendors that together support the use of active archive solutions for data lifecycle management.

BOULDER, Colo. – January 27, 2020

“Over the last 10 years, the Active Archive Alliance has brought together the best technologies and solutions to help organizations more effectively manage and access their data over the long term,” said Peter Faulhaber, chairman of the Active Archive Alliance.
New applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and machine learning are putting pressure on data storage infrastructures. Active archives provide modern strategies to solve today’s data growth challenges and are increasingly becoming an integral part of organizations’ data management road maps. An active archive leverages an intelligent data management layer and enables online access to data throughout its lifecycle regardless of which tier it resides in the storage hierarchy. Active archive file systems span all pools of storage, whether they are SSDs, HDDs, tape or cloud.
QStar Technologies’ solutions enable medium and large companies worldwide to optimize their data assets and improve security while cutting costs. “We are very pleased to rejoin the Alliance after being one of the four founding partners in 2010. We enjoy the interaction of the group, whether that be co-operative or competitive, as we are all promoting a very similar message. The Active Archive message is even more relevant today than it was 10 years ago, as data capacities grow and the purging of data decreases,” said Dave Thomson, SVP sales and marketing, QStar Technologies.

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