A view of Halo's 4K suite.
Halo Post Production has added PixStor storage, implemented and installed on-site by ERA, to enhance its 4K capabilities.
For high-end work at Halo Post Production the PixStor network currently supports six realtime 4K clients, including Nucoda grading systems, Flame VFX and Avid Media Composers. There are a further two 4K conform and I/O stations. A separate workflow supports a further 20 2D/3D clients and multiple render nodes, within the same logical storage space. The Network fabric was architected using a non-blocking Mellanox IP core of 40Gb and 10Gb dependent on client connections. Prioritisation across the network guarantees performance levels for specific users, while providing smooth data delivering to all network clients.
“We wanted an advanced storage solution, but to avoid any proprietary technologies or restrictive and expensive infrastructures like fibre channel,” explained Daniel Napier, technical director, Halo. “It became clear that PixStor was the right solution for us, not least because they could guarantee perfect playback on multiple 4K workstations and complex VFX workflows.”
The benefit of the PixStor solution in installations such as Halo Post is that it uses best-of-breed commodity components, bringing both capital savings and an ease of maintenance, explains Sean Baker, Commercial Director at ERA. Layered on to that is extremely sophisticated software, delivering very high performance which is tuned to the specific needs of demanding file based, multi-resolution media users.
“We routinely use PixStor for high performance systems, both on premises and in the cloud,” he adds. “We can take a clear requirements specification from the client, and use Pixit’s design tools to implement a software-defined storage system that provides exactly what is required, with a clear path for expansion in the future.”
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