Tiger Box – Shared Storage Appliance Intelligent. Simple. Complete.

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Tiger Box is the ideal solution for:

  • Film colour grading, special FX and video editing workgroups
  • On-set 2K/4K film capture with instant dailies logging and editing
  • High-performance render farm
  • Surveillance and image acquisition
  • Scientific, pre-press, medical and satellite imaging analysis
  • Shared storage for rich media educational facilities
  • Alternative to Avid Unity/ISIS

Tiger Box Integrated Storage Workflow

Tiger Box Shared Storage Workflow System is a state of the art, powerful, integrated intelligent storage system designed to solve storage workflow challenges in content-centric applications.

With just a few clicks, create a powerful shared storage network, using the connection of your choice to share media and metadata among users and suites, and collaborate on projects. Easily manage your SAN with a simple web UI, and let Tiger Box handle file system and sequence defragmentation for maximum performance, productivity, and uptime.

Features & Capabilities

  • Complete, integrated appliance
  • Easy to setup, configure, and maintain
  • Use the creative apps you need, including Avid bin locking
  • Use a mix of Ethernet and Fibre connections
  • 24/7 email and phone support available and included for first year

Based on the Tiger Intelligent Shared Storage Workflow Engine, Tiger Box provides you with a complete Shared Storage Workflow system that accelerates rich media production. It includes storage, networking, sharing, project management, and life-cycle management capabilities. With a simple web UI and direct Ethernet and Fiber connectivity, Tiger Box makes it easy to setup shared storage workflows that let you focus on your work, not on system administration and maintenance.

Tiger Box offers the simplicity of NAS and the performance characteristics of a true SAN. The compact rack-mountable system combines a Metadata Master and highly optimized RAID (0, 5, 6) storage, comprised of 16 enterprise-class drives (drive capacity depends on specific configuration), which can be accessed by client computers via 8Gb or 16Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gb Ethernet and/or 1Gb Ethernet. The system is easily expandable to 384 TB with up to four Tiger Expansion chassis.

See Sample Configurations:

Tiger Box is in a class of its own when it comes to simplicity, performance and sophistication. To deploy Tiger Box in your facility you simply need to connect the computers to Tiger Box via 1Gb/10Gb Ethernet or 8Gb/16Gb Fibre Channel, then access Tiger Box via a web browser to download and install the client software.

Once you turn the appliance on, its RAID storage becomes instantly available to all connected clients. There’s no need to activate client licenses. The Tiger Box driver software ensures consistent and uninterrupted high-speed access, file arbitration and zoning.

All performance metrics, storage settings and statistics can be controlled/viewed by any computer through the web interface, which is accessible from any device on the same network with a web browser.

Using built-in projectStore you can create any number of virtual volumes with Avid bin locking capability. These volumes can then be mounted as local volumes on client computers for access by any and all creative applications.

If Tiger Box does not detect file activity for a few minutes, automatic defragmentation of the file system will kick in. As soon as Tiger Box detects activity, it stops defragmenting.

Tiger Box Sample Configurations


Direct Attached Network and Fibre Channel Clients

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Switch Configuration

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Rely on the most powerful and simplest shared storage solution on the market. Access the control panel via web UI. There is virtually no configuration required and no need to manage software licenses.
Connect your workstations using the connectivity that makes the most sense to you. Use standard 1Gb Ethernet ports for your day-to-day editing needs, such as Apple ProRes HQ. For high-resolution media and multi-stream workflows such as film colour grading, Special FX, and mastering, use 10Gb Ethernet port, or 8 Gb and 16 Gb Fibre Channel ports.
Unpack, connect and get to work with real SAN performance. Your workstations and laptops connect to Tiger Box using block level access over Ethernet or Fibre Channel for the most efficient data transfers and smooth, lag-free playback.
Connect as many client computers as your workflow requires. As long as the client computer has the client driver installed and is connected to Tiger Box directly or through an Ethernet/FC switch it gains access to the shared storage.
Unleash your productive potential with the fully integrated project collaboration workspace. The built-in projectSTORE allows you to create a virtual volume for each project folder on the shared storage, utilizing a check-in/check-out technique that prevents accidental overwrites. When the Avid emulation mode is enabled, the volume is available for multi-write (i.e. any number of users can mount the volume for read and write).
The optional Replication & Tiering module allows Tiger Box to replicate itself to a specified target destination (network share, NAS, cloud storage or Data Direct Networks WOS). Tiger Box acts as your high-speed front-end storage and performs life-cyle management. With the Replication & Tiering module, there is always room for your new projects on Tiger Box as aging files that have been replicated to the nearline storage are automatically deleted from the high-speed storage when space is needed. A reference file remains in place, so Tiger Box can automatically bring your data back online as soon as you access it.
Tiger Box was designed, integrated and tested by Tiger Technology to require as little maintenance as possible. It is nevertheless backed up with the industry’s best 24/7 Hotline…. Just in case!

CHASSIS

Enclosure Form Factor 3RU, 19” Rackmount Chassis with excellent anti-vibration mechanical design and thermal solution
Chassis Dimension 25.5″ (D) x 17.2″ (W) x 5.2″ (H)
647.7 mm (D) x 437 mm (W) x 132 mm (H)
Power Consumption Max 720 Watts
Power Consumption Idle 300 Watts
Ports 1x USB 2.0
2x 1Gb Ethernet for MDC or remote access
Rackmount Kit 27” Ball Bearing Slide
Expansion chassis Daisy chained 16x 3.5” JBOD via mini SAS
Fan Module 4x 80 mm System Cooling Fan Modules
Power Supply Unit High-efficiency 720w (1+1) Redundant Hot Swappable Power Supply W/ PFCAC 100 ~ 240V Full Range, 50Hz ~ 60Hz
Shipping Information Weight 46kg
Package Dimension 565mm (D) × 865mm (W) × 445mm (H)
Temperature Range Operating: 10˚C~20˚C (50˚F~77˚F)
Non-Operating: -40˚C~70˚C (-40˚F~158˚F)
Humidity Range 20% ~60% Non-condensing

DATASTORE

RAID Controller Full RAID performance in degraded modeCache safeguards information during power loss
Storage 16x 3.5” Hot Swappable drives (1TB, 2TB, 3TB or 4TB)
Security Authority Active Directory with Mac and Windows users authentication
System Boot Drive 2 x 2.5” RAID 1 (mirror)

CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

Modules can be mixed within your Tiger Box configuration:

  • 16Gb/s Fibre Channel
  • 8Gb/s Fibre Channel
  • 10 Gb/s Ethernet (optional FCoE available)
  • 1Gb/s Ethernet (IP)

PERFORMANCE

Total Available Bandwidth (shared between all ports) Up to 1200 MB/sec full duplex
16Gb Fibre Channel ports Up to 1500MB/sec sustained
8Gb Fibre Channel ports Up to 820MB/sec sustained
10Gb Ethernet ports Up to 1000MB/sec sustained
1Gb Ethernet ports Up to 115MB/sec sustained
* Performance measured on a given client depends on other client’s usage, as well as client OS, drivers and the application specific I/O pattern. The above numbers have been measured in our labs, but may not reflect your particular reality.
Tiger Box is plug and play, integrated all in one shared storage appliance that includes server, storage, and connectivity.

Each system that you want to connect to Tiger Box as a client must meet the following minimum system requirements:

Note: All computers that don't meet the minimum system requirements can mount the shared Tiger Box storage as a regular SMB/CIFS share. Note that these computers cannot benefit from projectStore functionality.

Mac OS X:

  • Intel-based Mac with 1.33-GHz CPU.
  • 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), macOS Sierra (64-bit).
  • Note: No support for Mac OS X versions below 10.7.

  • 2GB of physical RAM at least.
  • 25MB of available hard-disk space for Tiger Client software installation.
  • 4Gb/8Gb/16Gb FC, 10GbE and/or 1GbE adapter for connection to the storage.
  • Network LAN connection (1Gb at least) for public communication.
  • The following TCP ports – 3000, 3001, 8555, 9120, 9121, 9122, 9123, 9124, 9125, 9126, 9127 – should not be blocked by a firewall if any.
  • Important: It is advisable to remove any other SAN management or device filter software prior to installing the Tiger Client driver.

Windows:

  • PC with 1.33-GHz processor.
  • 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows® 7/Server 2008 R2, Windows® 8/Server 2012/Server 2012 R2, Windows® 10.
  • Important: Microsoft Windows® 7/Server 2008 R2 computers must run at least Service Pack 1 and have the KB3033929 security update installed.

    Note:No support for Microsoft Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows® NT, Millennium Edition, Windows® 2000, Windows® XP/Server 2003/Server 2003 R2 or Windows® Vista.

  • 2GB of physical RAM at least.
  • 25MB of available hard-disk space for Tiger Client software installation.
  • 4Gb/8Gb/16Gb FC, 10GbE and/or 1GbE adapter for connection to the storage.
  • Network LAN connection (1Gb at least) for public communication.
  • The following TCP ports – 3000, 3001, 8555, 9120, 9121, 9122, 9123, 9124, 9125, 9126, 9127 – should not be blocked by a firewall if any.
  • Important: It is advisable to remove any other SAN management or device filter software prior to installing the Tiger Client driver.

Linux:

  • PC with 1.33-GHz Intel processor.
  • 2 GB of physical RAM at least.
  • 25 MB of available hard-disk space for installation.
  • 4Gb/8Gb/16Gb FC, 10GbE and/or 1GbE adapter for connection to the storage.
  • Network LAN connection (1Gb at least) for public communication.
  • 2.6.18-128.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-128.1.16.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.2.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.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)
  • 2.6.18-238.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 2.6.32-220.el6 (64-bit)
  • 2.6.32-279.el6 (64-bit)
  • 2.6.32-358.el6 (64-bit)
  • 2.6.32-431.el6 (64-bit)
  • (CentOS Linux 6.x only) 2.6.32-431.23.3.el6.centos.plus (64-bit)
  • 2.6.32-431.3.1.el6
  • 2.6.32-573.7.1.el6
  • 2.6.32-642.1.1.el6
  • 2.6.18-128.el5.ADSK (64-bit)
  • 2.6.32-220.27.1.el6.x86_64 (64-bit)
  • kernel 2.6.18-92.1.22.el5.centos.plus (64-bit)
  • kernel 2.6.18-194.11.4.el5.centos.plus (64-bit)
  • 2.6.16.21-0.8-default (64-bit)
  • 2.6.16.21-0.8-smp (64-bit)
  • 2.6.16.60-0.85.1-default (64-bit)
  • 2.6.16.60-0.85.1-smp (64-bit)
  • 2.6.16.60-0.103.1-default (64-bit)
  • 2.6.16.60-0.103.1-smp (64-bit)
  • 2.6.32.12-0.7-default (64-bit)
  • 3.0.80-0.7-default (64-bit)
  • 3.0.13-0.27-default (64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-164.el5 (64-bit)
  • 2.6.18-238.el5 (64-bit)
  • 2.6.32-358.el6 (64-bit)
  • 2.6.32.12-0.7-default (64-bit)
  • 3.0.13-0.27-default (64-bit)
Important: Changing any of the default kernel setting may prevent Tiger Client from operating properly. Note: Both uni and multiprocessor versions of the kernels are supported.
  • SELinux should be disabled prior to installing the Tiger Client software.
  • The following TCP ports – 3000, 3001, 8555, 9120, 9121, 9122, 9123, 9124, 9125, 9126, 9127- should not be blocked by a firewall if any.
  • Important: It is advisable to remove any other SAN management or device filter software prior to installing the Tiger Client driver.