Quantum Completes Acquisition of ActiveScale to Expand Object Storage Leadership; Jamie Lerner, Phil Bullinger

Quantum Corporation has completed its acquisition of the ActiveScale object storage business from Western Digital Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., to expand  Quantum's leadership role in storing and managing video, the company reported on Tuesday

"The strategic acquisition of ActiveScale bolsters our existing product portfolio and expands our addressable market providing critical software capabilities that enhance our go-to market strategy with minimal risk to Quantum,” Jamie Lerner, president and CEO, Quantum commented.

Quantum will acquire the ActiveScale product line, adding object storage software and erasure coding technology to the company’s portfolio. With the addition, Quantum will expand its product offerings in the object storage market. Object storage has emerged as a response to the exponential growth of video and other forms of unstructured data. 

The emerging content has required high-speed capture and processing, then retained for years or decades, including entertainment video and images, surveillance and security, and marketing and training. Prior to this acquisition Quantum successfully delivered and supported the ActiveScale object storage product line for over five years.

“With engineers who developed ActiveScale's erasure-coded object store software now on our team, we are in a position to pursue new object solutions truly optimized for managing video and other unstructured data," added Lerner.  

Quantum announced the acquisition of ActiveScale in Feb. 2020. The company stated that the acquisition will also add massive scalability, enabling storage, management and analysis of billions of objects, and exabytes of capacity. 

With the purchase, Quantum will also gain highly durable and available object storage, offering up to 19 nines of data durability using patented erasure coding protection technologies. The technology will also provide simple delegation, managing billions of objects and hundreds of petabytes of capacity and reduction of operational expenses. 

"With Quantum's resources, technical expertise and focus on solving customers' challenges with managing video and other unstructured data, we believe ActiveScale will enable new value for customers," said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager of Western Digital's Data Center business.  "Western Digital and Quantum are each committed to continuity of support for existing ActiveScale customers."

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Quantum technology and services help customers capture, create and share digital content – and preserve and protect it for decades.  With solutions built for every stage of the data lifecycle, Quantum's platforms provide the fastest performance for high-resolution video, images, and industrial IoT.  That's why the world's leading entertainment companies, sports franchises, researchers, government agencies, enterprises, and cloud providers are making the world happier, safer, and smarter on Quantum.

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