NetApp Shows E5600 Series with Dynamic Disk Pools

Facilities counting on a certain bandwidth to meet production deadlines can’t afford to have their storage systems slow to a crawl for several days during a six terabyte disk rebuild. NetApp claims to have a solution with its E-Series.

“Broadcasters and production facilities have discovered that dynamic disk pools (DDP) on E-Series storage systems provide more consistent video bandwidth than other block storage systems for two reasons,” the company says. “One is that the resiliency scheme provides drastically more consistent performance upon disk failure (50 percent more bandwidth during rebuilds than standard RAID). The other is that it dramatically reduces data rebuild time (1/8 the time of standard RAID).”

NetApp will also highlight big-data analytics workflows accelerated with E-Series enterprise building blocks. DDP has the advantage of randomising writes to disk, which improves performance in the case of all-flash arrays. Analytics searches have run 50 times faster in some E-Series deployments versus commodity servers with internal drives, it is claimed.

At IBC, NetApp will promote new features in version 10.3 of its StorageGRID Webscale (appliance or software-defined) object storage solution. A majority of the key MAM, file-delivery, and archive systems are said to have integrated with StorageGRID Webscale's Amazon S3 object interface.

StorageGRID Webscale is a next-generation solution for multipetabyte distributed content repositories. It provides erasure coding or, alternatively, automatic file copies to remote locations depending on the value of the media and the needs of the workflow. StorageGRID Webscale's metadata-driven information-life-cycle-management software suite is more advanced than most object stores. Additional features include self-healing data protection and tiering to either cloud or tape. New features include improved dashboards and simplified setup of permissions, users, and buckets.

The NetApp Data ONTAP 9 operating system running on the company's FAS8000 Series of enterprise storage systems will also be shown. This set-up “drastically improves video bandwidth, provides an unlimited flat file system to hundreds of billions of files, and provides always-on operation for local broadcast-news operations, advertising sales, animation and VFX rendering, and high-speed transcoding for digital platforms,” the firm states. Data ONTAP can enable data mobility between private and public clouds, and its disaster-recovery software can improve overall data-management strategies.

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