Project Workspace Manager
Manage users and projects with virtual workspaces
Tiger Spaces isolates users from your physical storage through the creation, allocation and management of virtual volumes (i.e. workspaces). Tiger Spaces can also enable Avid bin-locking capability on Tiger Store managed volume as well as any NAS.
It ensures users stay connected to their data, even after you moved their files around.
The optional Tiger Spaces|MAM module from IMC Technologies further enhances efficiency of Rich Media & Entertainment workflows by providing a robust Media Asset Management.
Project-based workspaces are created on your shared storage resources
Instead of mounting your entire volume on all clients, Tiger Spaces lets you organizes your content by projects into what we call Workspaces. You can think of a workspace as a folder that resides on main storage. Tiger Spaces makes it easy to assign these workspaces to users and teams.
Workspaces can be assigned to individuals or groups
Any number of workspaces can be created and can be assigned to individuals or entire teams. If an Active Directory domain is in place, Tiger Spaces will bind dynamically. In smaller environments, local Users and Groups can be created. When users log into their jobspace, they only have visibility and access to the workspaces they were granted access to. This helps users stay focus on the task that was assigned to them and prevents accidentally saving or exporting content into the wrong folder. Users also have full visibility as to who else might currently be working on the same workspace.
Worspaces are encapsulated into virtual drives when accessed
All your physical storage resources (SMB or NFS shares, as well as Tiger Store managed volumes) are virtualized and hidden from client. When users request access to one of their workspaces, the content of that workspace is encapsulated into a virtual drive that mounts locally on the user’s desktop. A connection is then established with the physical storage. Users access their data "locally" and at full speed.
Advanced workspace management lets you move content freely
Managing multiple "silos" of data is always a real challenge because every time content is moved from one volume to another, users can no longer find their files and experience broken links. By abstracting the physical resources, Tiger Spaces ensures a persistent mount point so users know they will always have easy access to their data, regardless of which physical storage device it is currently stored on. This flexibility allows admins to optimize their storage resources by moving content around freely without disrupting user workflows. Users are unaffected by these changes as they continue to mount and access the same mount point.
Thin-provisioning ensures a more efficient utilization of resources
Thin-provisioning allows allocating more space to workspaces than what is physically available. This allows you, for example, to allocate up to 1TB of storage to a hundred workspaces, even though you only have 10TB of physical space in the facility. What this means, is that any one workspace will be able to grow up to 1TB of data before it is considered full. Of course, once the physical storage is full, it is necessary to add more, but since most workspaces will only use a portion of the allocated space, it allows a much more efficient utilization of the shared resources.
Write accesses can be managed dynamically to prevent overwrite conflicts
One of the most challenging aspect of working on a shared storage is the fact that one user has no visibility on what other users may be doing. This can easily lead to corruption when the same project file is accidentally open by two or more users. When creating a workspace, you can also define its shared behavior. In other words, you define how this workspace should behave when multiple users are accessing it simultaneously. In Single-User write mode, only one user can get write access to a given workspace. Meanwhile, all other users will be limited to read access (until the workspace is released). In Multi-User write mode, multiple users can mount the same workspace with write access.
Optional support for Avid Bin Locking
For Rich Media customers, Tiger offers the best support for Avid Bin Locking functionality (Tiger AvidFS module). The support is so compatible that you can copy any project from an Avid volume and paste it onto your Tiger Store volume and continue editing. It's that good.
Optional Media Asset Management
The Tiger Spaces|MAM module is an add-on module developed by Incite Technologies that will substantially reduce the amount of time spent in the edit room. It is a must-have plugin for any Rich Media & Entertainment facility because it allows to cataloging, searching and locating all your media efficiently. Local and remote users (via a secure web connection) can review, annotate and make shot selection remotely using any web browser. All that is left to do is to import your shot selection into your favorite editing application. The database is fully compatible with the entire Incite MAM product line and can easily be upgraded for taking advantage of advanced, and even custom-designed MAM capabilities.
By creating an abstraction layer between physical storage devices and clients, Tiger Spaces facilitates the management of users, teams and content.Figure 1 shows a regular file server/NAS where projects would be stored inside separate folders. All users can see all folders (permission only prevents accessing them). Figure 2 shows how Tiger Spaces can be used to abstract standard file server/NAS from clients. As such, clients only see and access the workspaces they can connect to. Figure 3 shows that when multiple file servers/NAS are used (as well as Tiger Store managed volumes), it is easy to move projects data between one file server/NAS and another. There is no impact on user workflow because they continue to mount workspace with the same path. Figure 4 shows that Tiger Spaces, when used in conjunction with the other software, provides the storage admission tier layer and ensures ease of data movement inside the FAN.
Database Server Requirements
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/Server 2008.
|Tiger Spaces can manage regular SMB/NFS shares AND/OR Tiger Store managed volumes.|
Known limitations with shares created on a Mac server: 1) No support for NFS. 2) Moving projects in various combinations from and to other shares can fail. 3) Workspaces need to be named using the English alphabet.
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