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CEO Jamie Lerner On Quantum’s NVMe, Edge Computing Focus

‘Putting Quantum into a cubby as a tape business is probably a pretty dated view of the company. It’s something that we sell. But we have object storage, file storage. We have ruggedized edge storage. We have cloud storage. We have data management software,’ Quantum President and CEO Jamie Lerner tells CRN.

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Where else are you seeing growth?

The other area that’s growing for us is edge computing. We had a lot of success building data center NVMe appliances, but now we have NVMe on the ruggedized edge. We have in-vehicle ruggedized NVMe appliances. We have luggable or carryable NVMe edge appliances, and they’re being used for data transfer, in television show making, in autonomous vehicles. So this kind of edge-to-cloud-to-core transition seems to be one of our other rapid areas of growth. It’s been pretty good.

Is the edge compute business a significant part of your revenue?

It’s becoming more significant. I would say last year we were selling a few boxes here, a few boxes there. And now we’re starting to see people come in and start putting together 1,000-, 2,000-, 4,000-box orders where they’re putting them in larger fleets, larger deployments. And they’re moving through the trial phase and going into at-scale deployment.

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