The Tiger Series, including Tiger Store Shared Workflow Software, is a set of next-generation Shared Storage Workflow Solutions and is available in a variety of forms and configurations suitable to rich media and enterprise applications. It is modern software, designed for the latest hardware & components, operating systems, and technologies to offer greater performance, simplicity, stability, and management in Shared Storage Workflows.

All metaSAN users are encouraged to upgrade as they will benefit from increased performance and uptime, and easier management of their setups. Contact sales to upgrade or order today.

Improvements in Tiger Series include:

  • Automatic defragmentation and file sequence optimization for superior playback performance
  • No more SAN Definition
  • All licenses maintained on the master (no need to de-activate client licenses)
  • Support for multi-boot configurations
  • Integrated web UI (no more Control Panel and System Preferences)
  • No more client configuration
  • Extremely simplified Master configuration

Please note:

  • Customers covered by the Tiger Subscription program are entitled to no-charge one-to-one upgrades.
  • The Tiger Series is compatible with most existing metaSAN configurations and the upgrade process is simple.
  • The Tiger Series is supported with Mac, Windows, and Linux clients.
  • The metaSAN family of products has been deprecated and no further releases are planned, and no new Operating Systems will be supported.
  • Technical Support for metaSAN is available to customers covered by Tiger Subscription.
  • metaSAN products are available to purchase until September 30th, 2014 (2014.09.30).
  • Existing metaSAN customers may add new seats to their current setups until December 31st, 2014 (2014.12.31).

 

metaSAN

Scalable shared storage made easy

metaSAN 5.6 is the current shipping version – subscription customers can receive their update by contacting support.

Benefits

  • Increased collaboration by improving shared bandwidth
  • Optimized for rich media & entertainment, medical and scientific applications
  • Leveraging off-the-shelf storage and network infrastructures
  • Field proven software that is easy to setup, manage and maintain
  • Perfect for small cost-conscious and large demanding organizations

Capabilities

  • Extreme Speed - Leverage 16GbFC and 10GbE infrastructures
  • Massively Scalable - Increase client count through a load-balanced cluster of servers
  • Seamless Cross-Platform - Collaborate across Mac, Windows and Linux workstations
  • Bandwidth Control - Manage bandwidth distribution and utilization to avoid drop frames
  • High availability - Ensure maximum uptime with automatic failover
  • Access Rights - Authenticate users against Active Directory or Open Directory domains

File-Level Volume Sharing

metaSAN is a powerful, massively scalable and easy to use file-level SAN management software. metaSAN provides the software building blocks that let you turn off-the-shelf storage and network components into an incredibly flexible, scalable and reliable storage infrastructure. Operational costs are kept to a minimum, as you don’t need a storage or network administrator to maintain your SAN. With metaSAN, it is also easy to integrate Mac, Windows and Linux into a scalable and unified workflow.
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metaSAN

Extreme Speed - Read and write super fast. Share instantly
Seamless Cross-Platform Integration - Collaborate across Mac, Windows and Linux workstations
Per-node Bandwidth Usage Control - Avoid video drop frames across busy networks
High availability - Ensure maximum uptime with automatic failover
Massively Scalable - Mix high performance SAN and low cost LAN connections
Access Control and User Authentication - Use Active Directory or Open Directory - your choice
Open Architecture - Save money by remaining vendor independent
Flexible Backup and Archiving - Choose between a wide range of nearline and tape-based solutions
Dashboard Management - Get a bird’s eye view of your SAN in real time
Simple to Use - Reduce operating expenses with user friendly technology
Safe, Secure and Dependable - Trust a mature file system to store your data
Perpetual vs. 1 Year Licenses - Choose the purchasing model that is right for you
24/7 Hotline and Upgrades - Contact our professional support at all time

metaSAN

Check OS

To run the latest version of metaSAN, each system on your SAN must meet the minimum system requirements for the respective operating system.

Click on the Check OS button to view operating system compatibility with previous metaSAN versions.

Check OS

Important: Make sure that each system on your SAN runs the same version of metaSAN.

Mac OS machines:

  • Intel-based Mac with 1.33GHz CPU
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard/Snow Leopard Server (32-bit and 64-bit), Mac OS X Lion/Lion Server (32-bit and 64-bit), Mac OS X Mountain Lion/Mountain Lion Server (64-bit), Mac OS X Mavericks/Mavericks Server (64-bit)
  • 1GB of physical RAM recommended
  • 25 MB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • Network LAN connection (1Gb recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CDROM)
  • The following TCP ports – 8100, 8300, 8380, 8399, 8500, 8501 – should not be blocked by a firewall if any.

Windows machines:

  • PC with 800-megahertz (MHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 800-MHz 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32 and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit), Windows Server 2003/2008/2008 R2/Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit), Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)

Note 1: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V testing in progress

Note 2: Computers running Microsoft Windows 8/Server 2012 can play the role of metadata master only in homogeneous Windows SAN.

Note 3: Microsoft Windows 2000 supported up until and including version 2.x.

  • 1GB of physical RAM recommended.
  • 25MB of available hard-disk space for installation.
  • Network LAN connection (1Gb recommended)
  • The following TCP ports – 7000, 8100, 8101, 8200, 8300, 8380, 8399, 8500, 8501, 8502 – should not be blocked by a firewall if any.

Note: Some components may require additional system resources not outlined above.

Linux machines:

  • PC with an Intel P4
  • 1GB of physical RAM recommended
  • 25MB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • Network LAN connection(1Gb Ethernet recommended)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 4.0:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 5.0:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 6.2:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 6.2 (Autodesk):
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 6.3:
FilmLightOS 1.3.3662:
FilmLightOS 2.0:
SuSe Linux 9.3 ( i586 ):
SuSe Linux 10:
SuSe Linux 11:
CentOS Linux 4.7:
CentOS Linux 5:
CentOS Linux 6.2:
CentOS Linux 6.3:
DaVinci Resolve Linux:
SGO Mistika Linux:

Note 1: No support for 64-bit version of kernel 2.6.9-42.EL.

Note 2: No support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3.0.

Important: Changing any of the default kernel setting may prevent metaSAN from operating properly.

  • SELinux should be disabled prior to installing the metaSAN
  • The following TCP ports – 8100, 8300, 8380, 8399, 8500, 8501 – should not be blocked by a firewall if any.

 

metaSAN

There are many ways to integrate metaSAN. Here are some of the most popular setups:

Apple Mac OS X centric SAN

This is the most popular setup for high-performance editing on Mac platform. Windows and Linux members can also participate in the SAN.


Windows OS centric SAN

This is the most popular setup for high-performance editing on Windows platform. Mac and Linux members can also participate in the SAN.


VMWare integration

This is a typical setup when using metaSAN with VMWare.


Microsoft Windows Server Cluster Services

Microsoft Cluster Services can be used with metaSAN. Please note that a special integration procedure is available from support.


Microsoft Windows Streaming Server

Microsoft Windows Streaming Server can be used with metaSAN. Please note that a special integration procedure is available from support.

metaSAN

metaSAN turns standard NTFS and HFS+ file systems into sharable SAN volumes. Unlike traditional clustered file systems that build the arbitration process straight into the data store logic, metaSAN keeps them separate. The benefits are important: by decoupling the arbitration process from the data store logic, the setup and the maintenance of your SAN is greatly simplified, data integrity is preserved, and your data is never held hostage of a proprietary file system. In addition, you never have to use proprietary tools to create, format, stripe, diagnose, repair and defragment your SAN volume, as you simply use the OS tools you are already familiar with.

metaSAN is a thin software layer that sits on all SAN members. One workstation – the master – acts as a traffic cop. It is the only computer authorized to manage the SAN file system. When a client computer needs to access a file, it sends a metadata request to the SAN master. Once it has located the file, the master computer informs the client computer where to read or write data, and the later can access the volume at full speed. metaSAN provides the file system translation technology that allows Mac, Windows and Linux computers to access the same data set.

All volumes managed by metaSAN are protected against rogue accesses using a non-destructive SAN protection mechanism. This mechanism lets you turn any regular volume – and the data it contains – into a true SAN volume. The SAN protection can easily be removed so your storage – and the data it contains – can be freed and accessed outside of the SAN again. This unique ability greatly facilitates troubleshooting and ensures you can ALWAYS access your data. This is why metaSAN proves to be so popular among facility owners that do not want to assign extensive IT resources to maintaining their SAN.

To find out if your setup requires a dedicated master or not, read more…

To find out how to achieve realtime playback of image file sequences on your SAN, read more…

SAN installations require professional integration. Contact us today to find out how you can benefit from Tiger Technology.