Quantum is adding a scalable metadata appliance to its StorNext line of products.

StorNext M660 controls up to eight StorNext file systems. It enables access to applications running on Windows, Unix, Linux and Mac platforms.

The appliance includes an embedded gateway function which StorNext said delivers Ethernet-based access with significant performance improvement over NFS or CIFS protocols.

It is offered in 1Gb Ethernet and 10 Gb Ethernet models.