Development of the metaSAN family of products has ceased. Existing metaSAN customers may continue to receive Tiger Support, and should read this metaSAN Lifecycle Announcement for more information.

The new 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.


Scalable shared storage made easy

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


  • 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


  • 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.



Access petabytes of data from any number of SAN-connected workstations/servers as fast as your storage and network infrastructure can handle. metaSAN’s minimal overhead increases payload performance. Our experienced sales partners will assist you in designing and implementing the future proof infrastructure that is right for you and your budget.

Unify your facility with a flexible, powerful and heterogeneous SAN. Let your Mac, Windows and Linux computers access the SAN transparently. There is no need for installing third-party software. metaSAN provides the file-system translation services that ensures there will be no visible performance degradation across platforms.

Monitor, manage and allocate the available storage and network resources by assigning specific “reserves” and/or “quotas” to individual workstations. Bandwidth control (sometimes referred to as “throttling” or Quality-of-Service – QoS) ensures smooth video capture or playback across the entire SAN, even when the network or storage is taxed.

Avoid service disruption in case of hardware failure of scheduled maintenance. If your primary master fails – or is shut down -, transparent failover will take place. As soon as a new master is elected, your transactions resume. In most cases, the failover completes in seconds and is trasparent to users and applications.

Build a small SAN with just two seats or a very large one with hundreds of seats. Extend SAN performance to LAN through massive scalability. Turn select SAN workstations into a “cluster of servers” that act as a gateway for your metaLAN clients. Your LAN clients now benefit from increased performance, dynamic load balancing and transparent failover.

Control who can access what files and folders the same way you control access on local drives. By default, metaSAN provides unrestricted access to all connected users, but can easily be configured to authenticate against either Active Directory or Open Directory. Mac users can even authenticate against Active Directory for tight cross-platform integration

Choose among – or combine – the finest and latest interconnect and storage technologies based on either Fibre Channel, iSCSI, AoE, PCIe, Infiniband or 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet. With storage capacity requirements estimated to double every 12 months, this freedom ensures your storage costs won’t be skyrocketing with your hands tied to any storage provider.

Backup and archive your SAN to nearline storage or off-line tape libraries. metaSAN works with most storage management software that leverages HFS+ and NTFS file systems. Key storage partners have made their application fully metaSAN-aware.

Open the metaSAN Dashboard from any connected workstation to visualize your entire SAN/LAN infrastructure. See which machines are online; which are mastering the SAN; how full your storage is and what connections are established; etc. You can also collect performance statistics to see how throughput is distributed and used.

Maintain your own setup. Configuring a SAN can be a daunting task, but metaSAN makes it easy. By acting as a traffic cop on top of existing HFS+ or NTFS file systems, metaSAN totally decouples the arbitration process from the file system that hosts your data. This approach enables regular disk utilities to be used for maintaining or repairing a damaged file system.

Rely on NTFS and HFS+ file systems to safeguard your data; like millions do. metaSAN doesn’t write direct: every file access undergoes standard OS calls and i/o services. And with metaSAN taking regular metadata snapshots of your file system, it is probably even safer to store on metaSAN than it is on a regular NTFS or HFS+ volume.

Use Perpetual licenses if you like to “acquire” your software, or choose 1 Year licenses if, like many governmental, educational and corporate organizations, you prefer an annual licensing model. The 1 Year model also makes it easier to add or remove licenses as you go; and lets you save upfront and work with a constant budget, year after year.

Minimize downtime by ensuring you’re always eligible for professional email and phone support. When acquiring Perpetual licenses, you get one year of Subscription at no extra charge (additional years of Subscription can be purchased at 30% of the product’s SRP pricing). When opting for the Annual licensing model, you are always covered.


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), Mac OS X Yosemite/Yosemite Server (64-bit), Mac OS X El Capitan (64-bit)
  • Important: Computers running Mac OS X Yosemite/Yosemite Server cannot play the role of metadata master and supervise HFS+ volumes.

  • 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)
  • 2.6.9-11.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-22.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-22.0.1.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-22.0.1.EL.ADSKsmp (64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-34.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-34.0.1.EL.ADSKsmp (64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-34.0.1.EL.ADSK.1smp (64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-42.EL (32-bit only)
  • 2.6.9-55.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-67.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-67.0.4.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-89.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.9-89.0.23.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-128.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-128.el5.ADSK (64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-128.1.16.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.15.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • kernel 2.6.9-3662.floslargesmp (64-bit)
  • kernel 2.6.9-3676.floslargesmp (64-bit)
  • kernel 2.6.9-3777.floslargesmp (64-bit)
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  • kernel 3.0.80-0.7-default (64-bit)
  • kernel 3.0.13-0.27-default (64-bit)


  • kernel 2.6.9-78.EL (64-bit)
  • kernel largesmp-2.6.9-78.EL (64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.2.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.6.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.10.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.11.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.15.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.32-220.el6 (64-bit)
  • 2.6.32-279.el6 (64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.el5 (64-bit)
  • (64-bit)
  • 3.0.13-0.27-default (64-bit)

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.



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 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.