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Storage Arrays for Video and Post Production

Storage Solutions Optimized for Post Production and Rich Media Workflows

As the broadcast media and entertainment industries transition to high definition (HD) digital environment with new high resolution formats for recording music and producing video content, these new HD standards require massive amounts of storage capacity and highly scalable storage solutions. Likewise, as  content creation becomes more complex, challenges arise from file sizes, formats and resolutions. For example ,video resolutions such as 4K  can create performance bottlenecks. Storage systems that are able to handle the required capacity and performance requirements for creation, production, and distribution at higher bandwidths can help creative content professionals to deliver high-performing, cost-effective solutions.  However, media storage should respond to these challenges by providing not only high-speed, but also a non-disruptive workflow environment from acquisition to post-production and delivery.  To optimize content creation we look for high-performance storage solutions that deliver on stability, reliability and scalability, systems that have proven throughput power, AV-optimized features, and high fault-tolerance with easy scalability. Depending on your work environment, preferences and needs, we can help you find the SAN, DAS , or NAS storage solution to meet your production goals.

There are a number of scale-out solutions to help users create rich media videos and tackle the challenge of managing unstructured data. Promise Technology, Dot Hills and Infortrend all offer SAN and Ethernet solutions for rich media workflows, in addition to backup and archiving solutions, so professionals can tier storage and allocate performance where needed, while retaining secondary and even tertiary storage for retrieval.  Promise Technology and LaCie also offer high performance processing for SD, HD, 2K and 4K workflows via Thunderbolt 2 solutions which simplify and accelerate workflows by quickly offloading captured footage to desktops or laptops, and offer lightning fast processing for editing.

The cloud can also offer the media and entertainment industry unprecedented agility, efficiency and flexibility previously unavailable despite its  scaling, security and high performance in the cloud challenges in which is why the film industry requires a different cloud storage solution. Because production and post-production of movies and videos which require speed to complete these projects on-time frequently create the need to buy a lot of extra hardware just to complete the project, this can sometimes lead to that hardware typically siting idle until the next project.  With a pay-as-you-go cloud solution, you can dynamically configure the right amount of hardware to do the job or to do multiple concurrent productions and then scale back to having no cost when the projects are done which can be a compelling financially sound solution.

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Recommended Features

  • Snapshot – Point-in-time, space-saving copies
  • Distributed Load Balance -Dynamic and automatic load balancing
  • Local Replication – Snapshot and volume copy/mirror capabilities
  • Multi-pathing – Accelerate throughput and ensure uninterrupted operations
  • Prioritized Volume Accessibility – Prioritize data volumes to optimize performance based on application needs
  • Remote Replication – Provides excellent solutions for disaster recovery, data backup or migration over a long distance
  • Thin Provisioning- Increase storage utilization, simplify capacity planning and management tasks
  • Volume Copy/Mirror – Quickly restore production with full data copies
  • Automated Storage Tiering – Meet service level requirements by optimizing the utilization of HDDs, SSDs, and RAID levels

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Recommended Products

 

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Thunderbolt™ 2 and Thunderbolt for Professional 4K Workflow

  • Power for Professional 4K Workflows.
  • Up to 1050MB/s* speeds for 4K video editing
  • Hardware RAID 5/6 with hot swap
  • Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining
  • Aluminum enclosure and whisper-quiet fan

LaCie Thunderbolt Storage

Promise Thunderbolt Storage

  • Pegasus2 Series – The premier storage choice for creative audio/video professionals and multimedia enthusiasts around the globe, the PROMISE Pegasus2 now can deliver even faster performance with the new 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 technology, while assuring enterprise-class reliability and ease of use.

Proavio Storage Solutions

  • EB400CR is a 4 bay video and graphics storage workhorse with an on-board RAID controller. Equipped with USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire800 connectivity, the EB400CR is designed to work with your computer platform of choice.
  • E500FR  is a 5 bay hardware RAID for desktop media professionals. Equipped with USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire800 connectivity, the E5000FR is an all purpose media storage solution that provides multiple RAID, JBOD and Disk Clone modes for the ultimate in versatility, performance and reliability.
  • EB800MS V2 offers up to 32.0TB of storage capacity in an affordable 8-bay enclosure. Connect to a PCI-e 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2 equipped workstations for sustained throughput  rates of up to 2,200MB/s (RAID 5).

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SAN arrays with 16Gb fibre channel enable multiple editors to simultaneously access the same storage

 

  • Boost workflow efficiency of multiple simultaneous HD and SD streams
  • Protect valuable media content against logical and physical storage errors
  • Expand storage easily to accommodate and process large-sized media files
  • Maximize storage investment to support rich media files

Infortrend

Infortrend EonStor DS Series deliver complete storage solutions with excellent price-performance ratios and advanced data protection.

  • EonStor DS 4016 – built to handle intense data throughput loads with up to 11,000MB/s read and 4,200MB/s write. It has a unique dual host board design that expands hybrid interconnect possibilities for a more diverse storage network. Combine high speed Fibre Channel, SAS, and iSCSI on one system and gain maximum flexibility for your SAN or IP SAN. The EonStor DS 4016 fully integrates 12Gb/s SAS technology host-side and drive-side for high speed data transfer.

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  • VTrak A-Class Series – The VTrak A-Class shared SAN appliance is ideal for multi-user collaboration to ingest, edit, stream, and process rich media. The VTrakFS™ file system software integrated with metadata controllers and VTrak primary storage in a single box enables higher performance and workload productivity and for easier management.

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  •  AssuredSAN storage arrays offer full support for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux environments, and provide the ideal high-performance storage platform for workflows using Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Autodesk Smoke and Flame, Colorfront On-Set Dailies or any application demanding extreme streaming performance and proven reliability, along with a solid, MIL STD 810F/G ruggedized storage solution that is robust enough for on-set work.
  • DotHill 4004 16Gb Fibre Channel High Performance Arrays

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 For file and block-based applications with a unified storage platform

  • Increase storage utilization, simplify capacity planning and management tasks
  • Meet service level requirements by optimizing the utilization of HDDs, SSDs, and RAID levels
  • Provides excellent solutions for disaster recovery, data backup or migration over a long distance

Infortrend

  • EonNAS 3016 Gen 2, the high availability active-active redundant controllers ensure non-stop performance through powerful unified storage. With its high speed architecture and working on the file and block levels, the EonNAS 3016 features the ZFS file system and Global Namespace to provide enhanced data integrity and simplified management.
    High availability active-active redundant controllers ensure non-stop performance through powerful unified storage. With its high speed architecture and working on the file and block levels, the EonNAS 3016 features the ZFS file system and Global Namespace to provide enhanced data integrity and simplified management.

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  • Vess R2000 PRO Series – Vess R2600 PRO is a fast, reliable and cost effective storage solution for multi-user rich media compressed workflows. Delivering multi-user scale up capability and fast NAS connectivity via dual active 10Gbit Ethernet controllers, Vess R2600 PRO is ideal for compressed workflows using popular non-linear editors such as Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC and Apple Final Cut Pro X.

 

SAN and NAS with VPSA for On-Premise as a Service

  • Provides better availability and simpler management with no upfront costs
  • Brings an end to disruptive technology refresh cycles
  • Improves business agility
  • Enables simplified data portability with comprehensive backup and disaster recovery to a global ecosystem of cloud service providers
  • Simplifies control with detailed metering and reports
  • Zadara Storage provides a pay-as-you-go cloud model to dynamically configure the right amount of hardware to do the job or to do multiple concurrent productions and then not to have to experience any cost when the projects are done which translates into a very compelling financial savings. For QoS capabilities, Zadara utilizes a hybrid tiered storage strategy to enable the selection of the right mix of dedicated SSDs and HDDs (SAS/SATA) to meet the performance objective. The Zadara QoS techniques have the flexibility to respond to workloads that have random or sequential data access patterns and provide accelerated performance to address IO whether it is read or write intensive.

 SAN and NAS in the Cloud

  • With native block and file storage support, you benefit from cloud economics, without having to re-architect applications.
  • Additionally, VPSA™ includes the privacy, security, and control needed to protect your organization’s data in the Cloud.
  • VPSA delivers Enterprise functionality, including clustering, dedicated resources, >100TB volumes, encryption, snapshot and zero capacity clones.
  • Using advanced data management features, replicate your data across global regions from on-premise to the cloud, or even across multiple service providers.