Fibre Channel Performance at Ethernet Prices

Tiger Serve1 Workflow Controller and Accusys PCIe Storage

Solution Highlights

  • SAN connectivity over PCIe
  • SCSI and IP SAN capability
  • Flexible configurations
  • High performance – HD, 2K, 4K capability
  • Greater bandwidth per dollar
  • Complete content-centric workflow with creative app support
  • User, project, and media management

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How It Works Flexible Configurations Download Datasheet
Tiger Technology and Accusys (www.exasan.com) have co-developed a joint shared storage workflow solution that combines Tiger’s flexible and simple shared storage management with Accusys’ affordable yet fast PCIe network technology. The resulting system provides multi-user shared storage with Fibre Channel level performance at Ethernet price points.

The solution integrates Accusys PCIe HBA cards into Tiger Serve1 compact shared storage workflow controllers, which in turn connect to Accusys PCIe storage. The Accusys system provides true SCSI SAN architecture through PCIe using fibre optic or copper cabling, and delivers potential performance of up to 32 Gbps from the storage to Tiger Serve1.

Creative production seats can easily connect using flexible configurations including SAN, IP SAN, and hybrid DAS/SAN using Accusys dual port cards, an ideal solution for colour grading applications which require local direct attached storage for caching.

With Tiger projectStore PRO and Replication & Tiering, users will have a complete multi-user collaborative workflow solution with user, project, and media management capabilities, including Avid file system emulation with true bin-locking.

How it works

Tiger Serve1 supports two connectivity cards and also includes one direct Ethernet port. An Accusys PCIe 3.0 HBA card in Tiger Serve1 creates a high speed connection to Accusys PCIe storage using standard optical or copper cables, and an optional four-port 1Gb or 10Gb Ethernet port is used for client connectivity. Using Accusys dual port HBA cards allows two storage arrays to be connected simultaneously, allowing for increased capacity and performance. Adding Accusys PCIe switches allows for multiple Accusys arrays to be connected for increased capacity, performance, and users. When using IP SAN configurations, the use of Ethernet switches allow an increased number of users to connect to the storage.

Flexible configurations to support your workflow and budget

There are a variety of configurations possible, each with different performance and cost characteristics suitable to different numbers of users and different content-creation applications, including 1Gb connections for creative editorial, 10Gb for finishing and effects, and PCIe 3.0 for colour grading and 4K work.

Sample configurations

Sample configuration for small team creative editorial

Users of Apple Final Cut Pro, FCP X, Adobe Premiere, and Avid Media Composer wishing to collaborate on editorial with shared projects and media generally use ProRes and DNxHD low bandwidth formats that work well with cost effective Ethernet connections. These workflows are suited to a configuration in which up to four production seats can directly connect to Tiger Serve1, which in turn is connected to one or two Accusys storage arrays. Two arrays ganged together using OS striping or Tiger Smart Pooling can provide up to 2.3 GB/sec. Clients that connect through 10Gb and can attain read speeds of up to 1000 MB/sec, those that connect through 1Gb can attain speeds of up to 110 MB/sec.
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Shared storage components

  • Tiger Serve1
  • Accusys Z2D dual port PCIe 3.0 HBA Card
  • Single (32 Gb/sec potential) Quad SFP (small form pluggable transceiver)
  • Accusys PCIe storage array

Sample configuration for large team creative editorial

Larger editorial shops with big workgroups have greater connectivity requirements. Adding an Ethernet switch to the Small Team Editorial configuration allows more than 4 client computers to connect simultaneously. If the switch supports it, clients can use either 1Gb or 10Gb connections. The total 2.3 GB/sec read speed provided by the striped arrays or Tiger Smart Pool is then shared amongst the total number of users.
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Shared storage components

  • Tiger Serve1
  • Accusys Z2D dual port PCIe 3.0 HBA Card
  • Single (32 Gb/sec potential) Quad SFP (small form pluggable transceiver)
  • Accusys PCIe storage array
  • Ethernet switch

Sample configuration for high-resolution colour grading, DI, and finishing

To support applications requiring even greater bandwidth, such as visual effects, online editing and finishing, and colour grading with full-resolution HD, 2K and 4K material, Tiger Serve1 and Accusys storage systems can be configured as a true SCSI SAN. In this configuration, Tiger Serve1 takes on the role of a metadata controller (MDC), managing the file system and client access, while workstations connect directly to the stripe or Tiger Smart Pool of arrays. Clients using an Accusys PCI HBA card with a quad SFP can achieve a potential read speed of 2.3 GB/sec when four Accusys arrays are pooled.
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Shared storage components

  • Tiger Serve1
  • Accusys Z2M dual port PCIe 3.0 HBA Card
  • Single (32 Gb/sec potential) Quad SFP (small form pluggable transceiver)
  • Accusys PCIe storage array
  • Accusys SW16 PCIe switch
  • Ethernet switch

Sample configuration for full service editorial, visual effects and graphics, finishing, and grading

This is the ultimate setup for large post production setups including editorial and high-resolution finishing and mastering. As Tiger Serve1 supports two network interface cards, it can be configured with an Accusys PCIe switch for high speed direct SCSI SAN connections, and also with an Ethernet switch for IP SAN connectivity for 1Gb and 10Gb connections suitable for creative editorial. This versatile configuration can power all stages of content-centric production for a large number of users.
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Shared storage components

  • Tiger Serve1
  • Accusys Z2M dual port PCIe 3.0 HBA Card
  • Single (32 Gb/sec potential) Quad SFP (small form pluggable transceiver)
  • Accusys PCIe storage array
  • Accusys SW16 PCIe switch
  • Ethernet switch

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