Meeting the VFX Challenge

Creating today’s eye-popping visual effects puts unprecedented demands on storage infrastructure. Multiple artist stations and render nodes need unfettered and lightning quick access to shared data. Renders that can run for days must complete without interruption. Playback of uncompressed 4K or higher is essential. Storage must be expandable without any hassles.

With its fast, reliable, scalable and easily accessible storage solutions, EditShare can help you get the most out of your VFX facility.

Media Optimized Intelligent Storage

  • EditShare’s VFX storage solutions are based on the powerful EFS parallel distributed file system
  • Native drivers for all major operating systems (Windows, OS X and Linux) coming in Q4 2015
  • Smooth playback of DPX and other “file per frame” formats
  • Start with single storage units. Scale to many petabytes
  • Single namespace design – no individual partitions that run out of space
  • All Ethernet connectivity – 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit
  • Optimized for media workflows with performance that can exceed 2500 MB/sec per node (SSD based storage)
  • Blazing fast metadata access -- file system metadata stored in RAM for very low latency
  • Hardware RAID 6 within each storage node
  • No single point of failure options including redundancy across nodes on a per directory or per file basis (duplication or file-level “RAID-on-RAID”)
  • Performance scales linearly as more storage is added
  • Automatic rebalancing and no downtime during storage expansion
  • SSD, 15K SAS, 7200 RPM SATA storage backend options

 

Typical workflow with XStream EFS storage
plus Flow media asset management

 

VFX workflow