MediaGrid Active Storage System
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Omneon MediaGrid is a scalable high performance shared storage system for storing, sharing and serving media files. Using standard IT hardware and high speed Ethernet networking, MediaGrid is highly scalable and includes a built-in clustered file system designed and tuned for digital media workflows. It is also the only storage system tested, qualified and deployed with a wide range of leading media applications. Consolidate content, reduce administration and optimize workflows with MediaGrid.
High performance for accelerated workflows
Continuously scale both capacity and bandwidth linearly, without any downtime
Massively scalable architecture delivers petabytes of storage capacity combined with tens of gigabytes per second of bandwidth
Low administrative overhead to setup, monitor, manage, update and scale
Intelligent asset view and content-based view of the file system when deployed with Omneon Media Application Server
Ten-plus years of media industry expertise from Omneon means optimal performance for today's highly demanding digital media workflow
MediaGrid is designed to deliver high bandwidth to multiple clients needing fast access to material for production or processing activities. MediaGrid enables clients to communicate directly in parallel with individual ContentServers instead of forcing serial access through NAS heads limiting available bandwidth. Even with scale-out NAS products, aggregate bandwidth is limited by the point-to-point access of NAS protocols like CIFS and by the speed of the backend communications network. MediaGrid eliminates such bottlenecks by allowing clients to pull content directly from multiple ContentServers. Built-in load balancing ensures that content is evenly distributed throughout the system to avoid any bottlenecks.
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Omneon MediaGrid is based on a distributed design that effectively eliminates bottlenecks by allocating workload across different components of the system. By separating major functions of a storage system into distinct components, MediaGrid is able to deliver levels of performance, resiliency and manageability that far surpass traditional storage systems. MediaGrid is based on the following hardware components:
ContentDirector – Server that stores, manages and serves all file system metadata and presents a single global namespace to users and application. It is deployed in a clustered pair for high availability.
ContentServer – Storage node containing storage capacity, network access and processing power to serve data. It comes in two flavors. A 3U version called ContentServer 3000 that supports RAID (RAID6 and RAID4) for data protection and dual controllers for system protection and a 2U version called ContentServer 2124 that supports replication for both data and system protection. Scaling out is achieved by adding ContentServers to the system.
ContentStore – Expansion storage nodes that can be connected to ContentServer 3000 to expand both capacity and badnwdith. Upto 5 ContentStores can be connected to the a ContentServer. that expand the capacity and bandwidth delivered by each ContentServer.
ContentBridge – an optional NAS gateway that allows clients or applications to access MediaGrid via AFP, FTP, CIFS or NFS. It comes in two flavors. ContentBridge with 2x1Gbe connections and High Bandwidth ContentBridge with 1x10Gbe connection.
MediaGrid is based on the following software components:
File System Driver – a software agent installed on clients to allow parallel access to the file data distributed across ContentServers, unlike the point-to-point serial access provide by NAS protocols. It is available on all modern operating systems and in both 32 and 64 bit versions.
System Manager – Omneon SystemManager is the management console for all Omneon hardware platforms and application servers, including MediaGrid. This includes setup, configuration, monitoring, upgrades and ongoing management.
Content Manager – ContentManager is an easy-to-use Windows-based application for setting, reviewing and changing attributes on files, directories and user permissions within MediaGrid. Administrators can set file or directory level "replication factors" for data protection and to increase client-access bandwidth to content. User and group permissions are established by creating Access Control Lists (ACLs) that can be applied both to human users and automated systems.