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Silicon Graphics Creates Rich Media Storage Devices
Silicon Graphics Creates Rich Media Storage Devices

Silicon Graphics introduced two new InfiniteStorage products that are specifically made to meet the needs of broadcasters and production departments. As these sectors migrate into IT data-centric environments, storage solutions taking into consideration their unique needs are required. Silicon Graphics has provided broadcasters with InfiniteStorage RM610, while its offer to production facilities is InfiniteStorage RM660.

 

Model RM610 addresses multiple streams and low latency of broadcasted material. When used together with Silicon Graphics S Media Server, there are gains in areas such as real time transmission, realized through faster speeds across networks. According to SGI, preliminary benchmarking concludes that, with SGI RM610, stream count will almost double.

In keeping with enterprise requirements calling for scalability and interoperability, RM610 was designed to easily integrate into existing shortage environments and can grow from a RM610 entry level playout solution to a hefty RM610 playout SAN, with dual RAID controllers, 8 Fiber Channel ports, 40 146GB drives in three drive enclosures, and two global spares (5.84TB effective capacity).

RM610, like RM660, is optimized to work with SGI InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS to produce environments where information can be exchanged, irrespective of the various operating systems that may be in use. The storage devices work with many SGI products such as SGI Data Migration Facility used in data lifecycle management.

SGI InfiniteStorage RM660 has high-resolution capture capabilities, put in place for the large amounts of rich media used in production. While there are differences between the RM660 and 610, they were developed to adhere to similar principles, namely extreme configurability and unconditional integrations into existing SAN or NAS environments.

Gabriel Broner, senior vice president and general manager, Storage and Software Group, SGI, said, “Given the unique high-bandwidth performance characteristics, configurability and scalability of our new SGI InfiniteStorage RM610 and RM6600 - designed to easily manage, serve and store the massive amounts of data for digital broadcasting and the video and film production move to 2K and 4K, respectively - we fully expect to increase the penetration of SGI storage products in broadcast and production worldwide."

While the filesystem that the storage products will use belongs to Silicon Graphics, the storage environment is based on OEM versions of DataDirect Network’s Silicone Storage Appliances. SGI decided to use the company’s storage applications, in part due to overlapping initiatives both companies have taken in regards to storage systems uniquely configured for emerging sectors.

"DataDirect Networks and SGI have shared a similar focus on the Rich Media markets for many years,” said Paul Bloch, president of DataDirect Networks. Regarding the joint effort, he stressed how each company derives benefits from the others specialization,  “DataDirect’s 16-year experience in the design and delivery of the world’s highest performance storage and clustered file system environments, coupled with the rapid growth that has evolved our sales distribution model to be OEM-centric, meshes perfectly with SGI’s leadership position in these areas."

 

 

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