MT-C: A Route to Next Generation Storage

Valéry Guilleaume, CEO
MT-C was formed in 1997 through a spin-off from the laboratories of Memorex Telex that developed enormous IP and know-how of tape automation and storage. With entrepreneurship in his DNA and sensing opportunity, Valéry Guilleaume acquired MT-C as the vehicle to address the changing storage requirements of enterprises.

Valéry understood five strategic challenges that will be a game changer in the IT landscape in the coming years.

• Explosion of data volumes
• Accessing data quickly and effortlessly
• Longer-term data retention policies
• Increased absolute data security and integrity
• Environmental and cost considerations prioritizing reduced storage energy consumption

There is an unprecedented and exponential increase of volumes of data that need to be managed. Industries such as government, hospitals, spatial, media and broadcasting, and security can hardly predict the data flow that will have to be stored in 3 or 5 years from now.

Customers face new challenges yet don’t have the right tools to manage safely, quickly, easily, and cost effectively such large of volume of data. While disks were a good and affordable technology in the past, today newly generated volumes of data necessitate new solutions. Disks are far too expensive and are less than adequate.

Moreover, storing data is one thing. Accessing it quickly and effortlessly is another. You don’t manage 10 million files the same way that you manage 10 thousand files.

To respond to these 5 strategic challenges, MT-C developed and designed its unique solution NODEUM. It offers online and nearline data storage, as well as active archive and vaulting functionalities. “NODEUM is an innovative hybrid SDS solution which is able to combine flash, disks or tape units in one solution and through a native virtualization of the file system,” explains Valéry.

The primary factor that led to the emergence of MT-C is directly linked to the vast explosion of digital content

“NODEUM allows users to easily catalog, store, and retrieve massive volumes of data. The interface is easy-to-use and intuitive. REST API and LTFS open the solution.”

To illustrate an MT-C case study, a biomedical research institute was seeking to reduce the burden and cost of managing its data generated by different genetic sequencers and medical imagery. Hosting research laboratories of prestigious universities and cancer research centers, the client needed a system that would provide optimal, openly transparent, and secure data management for the long term at an affordable price. They chose NODEUM, which integrated easily in their heterogeneous environment. All the various systems used by researchers and scientists quickly connected to allow efficient and transparent data integration. NODEUM also met requirements of business-DNA sequences and medical imaging as well as in terms of users. “The solution responded positively to the growing needs of the institute in terms of storage, performance, availability, and functionality,” asserts Valéry.

MT-C carefully listens to the needs of its clients, supports them, and continuously focuses on improving its solutions in order to deliver enhanced performance. “We carefully listen to the technical requirements, the pain points, and the “wants and wishes” of our customers and address each point to improve their strategic objectives,” says Valéry. The company analyzes the market to anticipate upcoming needs and addresses them through its solutions.

“We plan to expand our business in the coming year, mainly in Europe and America,” concludes Valéry. “These ambitious targets are possible as we get organized—financially, with talent on board, with our own organization, with partnerships, and alliances—to hit those targets.”


Liège, Belgium

Valéry Guilleaume, CEO

NODEUM is a hybrid SDS solution combining flash, disk and LTFS tape through a native virtualized file system and an easy-to-use, intuitive interface. Online catalog and REST API allow users to store and retrieve massive data