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IBC Blog: Try the Herring

by Shane Rodbourn

IBC Blog Herring(September 6th, 2017) It’s September so it must be IBC time – but why should you take time to visit Amsterdam this month? The Herring. Order it raw and eat it with onions and a beer.

If soused fish doesn’t pique your interest, perhaps something being shown for the first time in Europe at IBC 2017, version 7.0 of Facilis Shared Storage. This release represents a considerable leap in the evolution of our shared storage solutions.

Visitors to our booth (7.B40) will see a modernized browser-based and mobile-compatible Web Console interface, which in addition to being more pleasing and responsive, allows greater levels of control and flexibility. More granular permissions management allows users to login with multiple password-protected accounts on the same client workstation, allowing access to increasing number of resources for a given project. If one data path is compromised, the client systems will failover to a second or third path, maintaining connectivity and keeping the job on track.

A first for a system of this type, the Web Console provides the capability for any user on Ethernet or Fiber Channel connected workstations to mount Facilis volumes as either network devices or local drives. Since volume appearance changes the OS and application behavior, this feature is especially useful for users wishing to increase the responsiveness of their applications. This feature further differentiates the Facilis Shared File System from standard network file systems, and Facilis from standard network storage providers.

Administrators can access dynamic bandwidth monitoring of users and storage volumes. The administrator has the power to add (push) and remove (pull) volumes from the desktop of any connected client, for total facility control. Enhanced LDAP and Active Directory integration includes a real-time user lookup, avoiding the need to keep user databases synchronized. Available today, the Web Console is delivering features that customers didn’t think were possible, and doing it without increasing complexity for the desktop user.

New Hub Server
With the new Hub Server, Facilis is focusing on those broadcasters and facilities that are seeking to grow their content delivery on a limited CapEx budget. By repurposing existing systems into back-end storage units, the Hub server offloads the processor-intensive workload of these older units. The resulting performance is up to double that of the previous environment. Storage volumes can selectively be assigned RAID51 protection, for uptime and data protection, while accessing the bandwidth of all the system drives at once. In a multi-server configuration, speeds of 4GB/sec can be achieved on a single virtual volume through the Facilis Shard File System.

Through unification of connectivity, load-balancing of projects and users, and aggregation of multi-server resources, the Hub server makes good on our promise to support customers through the lifespan of their investment.

Open Storage Attachment
Facilis Shared File System is the most well-optimized file system for video and audio content creation, and now this power can be applied to 3rd-party storage arrays. Many facilities have various storage systems being used as direct-attached or network server-attached. This storage can live a new life with the availability of Facilis Open Storage Attachment (OSA). Licensed by capacity, most SAS and Fiber Channel attached storage is qualified for use with TerraBlock and Hub servers.

External arrays are secured with permissions through the shared file system, and are multi-user writable over Fiber Channel and Ethernet-connected clients. Facilis remains the only product to provide a shared file system over Ethernet and Fiber channel without per-seat licensing or seat-count limitations. This provides our customers the best sharing and connectivity technology available, while utilizing previous storage investments.

So, add Facilis (7.B40) to your ‘must see’ list of booths at IBC. We look forward to meeting you in Amsterdam.