Tiger Store – Shared Storage Software
Simple. Flexible. True SAN workflows.

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Tiger Store is the ideal solution for:

  • video editing and post workgroups
  • On-set capture with instant dailies logging and editing
  • Surveillance and image acquisition
  • Scientific, pre-press, medical and satellite imaging analysis
  • Shared storage for rich media educational facilities
  • Alternative to Avid Unity

Tiger Store Workflow

Tiger Store Storage Workflow Software transforms your un-managed direct attached storage into an intelligent collaborative shared storage workflow platform.  With a few clicks in the easy Tiger Store web UI you can use the storage and the network connection of your choice to create productivity-boosting, multi-user workflow systems. Share media and metadata among users, use all your favorite front-end applications, collaborate on projects, and let Tiger Store handle file system and sequence defragmentation for maximum performance, productivity, and uptime.

Features & Capabilities

  • Easily setup, configure, and maintain a high-performance shared storage solution
  • Use Ethernet or Fibre Channel technology where it best fits
  • Overcome common network protocol limitations
  • Use the apps you need, including Avid bin locking
  • Get the highest level of performance and uptime

Tiger Store software is compatible with off the shelf server or workstation hardware and so provides users and administrators with enormous flexibility in their configurations.  Tiger Store is an open abstract layer over the host file system, and so provides advanced sharing capabilities and functionality while still allowing users the ability to deactivate the Storage Workflow Engine and easily return to the native environment.  It is a transparent and open approach to shared storage.

See Sample Configuration

With the help of Tiger Store you can achieve a true SAN workflow, providing multiple Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers with concurrent high-speed access to NTFS shared volumes. For the purpose, the metadata controller computer must be connected directly or through a switch to the shared storage through 8/16G FC or 10GbE (for iSCSI storage). Tiger Clients can mount the shared storage volumes as SAN clients (8/16Gb FC or 10GbE), Fast LAN (10GbE) or LAN clients (1GbE). To prevent data corruption when multiple computers access the same file system, the computer with Tiger Store installed acts as a metadata controller that processes requests, coming from clients using the LAN connection. Each computer that has the Tiger Client software installed can mount the volumes shared by the metadata controller. Computers that don’t have the Tiger Client driver cannot mount volumes shared to Tiger Clients although they are connected to them. These computers can only mount the volumes that Tiger Store has specified that it doesn’t manage and protect.

If you have specified that your Tiger Store network is part of an Active Directory domain, requests for access to the shared volumes are authenticated against the domain controller. If Tiger Store is deployed in workgroup environment every user has full access to all data on the shared volumes. Besides acting as a metadata controller on your SAN, Tiger Store greatly optimizes the shared storage workflow by providing you with automatic defragmentation of the shared storage volumes, storage usage and connectivity monitoring tools, etc. You can administer your Tiger Store network in the password-protected Tiger Store web interface, which is accessible to any device with a web browser that is on the same LAN as the metadata controller.

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What you can achieve Thanks to
Shared Storage Management
Easily create Shared storage workflows with no IT or engineering expertise required Easy cross platform web UI
Same UI per network interface
Creation policy, intelligent distribution
Share media and metadata with multiple users Intelligent Storage Workflow Engine
Achieve high speed concurrent multi-user access Intelligent Storage Workflow Engine
Easily manage File Systems File System Management (create/delete/check)
Connect using any network interface Support for mix of 1GbE, 10GbE, 8GbFC and 16GbFC, SAN and LAN setups
Never lose connectivity to storage SAN to LAN failover
Easily manage file access permission File Security – Active Directory support
Easily monitor system status Hardware Monitoring and Reporting
Event notification
Maintain maximum performance Automatic Defragmentation
Maintain maximum playback capability Automatic File Sequence Optimisation
Easily expand capacity and project size Dynamic Volumes (no hard partitions)
Workflow
Easy Ecosystem integration and interoperability Open file system
Use any end-user application including Avid, Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Filmlight, & Blackmagic Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux clients
Achieve full Avid workflows Avid project sharing and bin locking support (with projectStore)
Support & Service
Peace of mind, minimize downtime 24/7 phone and email Tech Support (included for the first year)

Storage Server System Requirements

To be able to play the role of a metadata controller, the computer on which you install the Tiger Store software must meet the following system requirements:

  • PC with 1.8-GHz 64-bit (x64) processor.
  • 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.

  • 2 GB of physical RAM at least.
  • 200 MB of available hard-disk space for installation.
  • Network LAN connection (1 Gb at least).
  • Fibre Channel or 1/10 GbE card for connection to the storage.
  • The following TCP ports – 3000, 3001, 8555, 9120, 9121, 9122, 9123, 9124, 9125, 9126, 9127 – should not be blocked by a firewall if any.
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Tiger Client System Requirements

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

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.

  • 2 GB of physical RAM at least.
  • 25 MB of available hard-disk space for Tiger Client software installation.
  • 4 Gb/8 Gb/16 Gb FC, 10 GbE and/or 1 GbE adapter for connection to the storage.
  • Network LAN connection (1 Gb 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.

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.

  • 2 GB of physical RAM at least.
  • 25 MB of available hard-disk space for Tiger Client software installation.
  • 4 Gb/8 Gb/16 Gb FC, 10 GbE and/or 1 GbE adapter for connection to the storage.
  • Network LAN connection (1 Gb 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.

Linux:

  • PC with 1.33-GHz Intel processor.
  • 2 GB of physical RAM at least.
  • 25 MB of available hard-disk space for installation.
  • 4 Gb/8 Gb/16 Gb FC, 10 GbE and/or 1 GbE adapter for connection to the storage.
  • Network LAN connection (1 Gb 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.

 

iSCSI Requirements

Although Tiger Store is designed to work with any iSCSI initiator, it is currently certified to work with:

  • Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator
  • UNH iSCSI Initiator
  • Studio Network Solutions’ globalSAN iSCSI initiator for OS X
  • ATTO Xtend SAN iSCSI initiator

Note: If you use an iSCSI initiator not listed above, you can contact Tiger Technology support team with inquiry about possible support.

Storage Requirements

Tiger Store supports any simple or striped NTFS-formatted volume to which the storage server has Read & Write access. You can connect the storage server to the storage directly or using a switch through Fibre Channel or 1/10Gb Ethernet (for iSCSI storage).