What storage hardware can be managed by MediaStor?
A MediaStor system can scale from a single server to a multi-node cluster comprising of:
- MediaStor Cluster node servers (online production/first tier storage) – internal and/or direct-attached RAID storage
- MediaStor archive servers (near-online/second tier storage) – hybrid internal, direct attached or network attached MAID (supporting “virtual LTO” operation) with SMR** technology
- LTO tape libraries
- Third party IT storage servers (e.g. Isilon)
- Third party broadcast media servers (e.g. Omneon)
Why is MediaStor built on Microsoft Windows?
Building on such a widely recognised operating system means that users can take advantage of far simpler integration with third party processing and file transfer applications, reducing time and money to implement and maintain the system.
What MAM/automation interface capabilities does MediaStor offer?
MediaStor has an optional SOAP API, which enables metadata exchange and media actions to be integrated with third party MAM and system monitoring systems. The optional MediaXchange and Aqua software modules, which can run directly on the MediaStor hardware, enable advanced media management and workflow automation to be added for a relatively small incremental cost.
*What is MAID?
Short for “massive array of idle disks”, MAID storage is an energy efficient way of archiving data. Unlike RAID (redundant array of independent disks), which are constantly spinning, resulting in increased wear and tear, as well as higher energy consumption, the disks in MAID storage only spin up when being read or written to. In a tiered storage system, MAID offers many of the benefits typically associated with tape.
**What is SMR?
Shingled magnetic recording or SMR is a method of recording data to a hard drive in such a way that tracks are effectively layered on top of each other in a similar way to the tiles on a roof. The reason why this is possible is that the write head is much larger than the read head. This technology means that you can increase the capacity of a hard drive and, therefore, reduce the cost of data storage.