​Object Matrix Has New Price Structure, S3 Compatibility

Anyone wishing to integrate the MatrixStore object storage into their nearline, archive and business continuity workflows can now do so in a variety of ways. The storage developer has also added full S3 compatibility.

This includes hardware and software; a software only option and a subscription/storage as a Service option.

These options offer complete financial and technical flexibility for broadcasters, media companies and post-production facilities of all sizes, says Object Matrix.

The new software only deployment of MatrixStore provides the flexibility for organisations to re-purpose existing storage platforms or purchase hardware from existing framework agreements, it says.

MatrixStore object storage software runs on the Ubuntu Server Linux Operating system. Ubuntu supports the vast majority of storage hardware available on the market today. Object Matrix will work with customers to make sure that each node in the cluster has an appropriate balance of disk, RAM, CPU and network capability to take the best advantage of the software.

MatrixStore object storage software is priced per terabyte on a sliding scale based on used capacity. Prices start from £100 per terabyte. Minimum starting capacity is 240TB.

Buying object storage as a subscription/storage as a service enables organisations to move storage from a CAPEX expenditure to the OPEX side of the balance sheet. A three and 5-year subscription plan allow customers to plan their storage costs. One flat annual fee will cover MatrixStore software and annual support fees. Customers can choose to provide their own hardware or the solution can be delivered as an appliance. Subscriptions start at 500TB for £35k p.a.

There's new capacity pack pricing too. Object Matrix is introducing 60TB, 120TB, 240TB and 750TB usable packs (packs are 10GigE and include redundant internal networking and first year HW/SW support). A 120TB costs £45,995 up to two Petabytes for £350,000.

The updated web-based browser MatrixStore Vision enables users to search for, examine, add metadata and restore content. Vision also allows local and remote teams to work with content in a smooth, frictionless, environment.

There's the added ability to link proxies and thumbnails created by third-party transcode solutions with a new post – processing workflow.

MatrixStore has also beefed up its Amazon S3 interface and is now compatible with all Amazon S3 commands related to data operations. This enhanced integration allows organisations to use MatrixStore as part of any workflow that requires an Amazon S3 interface.

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