Virtual Online, Nearline and Offline Storage Libraries

Virtual Online: Firefly Digital Virtual Libraries

Firefly Product Description:
The FireFly, our new line of Digital Virtual Libraries, combines high capacity, high performance and low cost into a single storage system. The FireFly uses the latest Serial-ATA technology to provide Fast Random Access data storage when coupled with the FireFly's advanced silicon switching technology. This provides the Highest Density storage in the Industry. Subsystems range from 12TB to 48TB with transfer rates of up to 400MB sustained.

The FireFly Digital Virtual Library can be easily configured to support JBOD, and all major RAID levels. By using the built in software of the DVL the user can customize the ASACA library to manage multiple virtual libraries within the same cabinet. Each virtual library can use disk configurations to optimize your storage needs, with JBOD, RAID 0,1,5,10 all operating at the same time.

Serial ATA Drives
Designed to replace the hardware of today's parallel ATA Interface, Serial ATA improves performance to keep pace with increasing data intensive environments.

Back Plain Switch
Each data channel bursts 150MB/s and aggregate speeds can reach astonishing 400MB/s. Multi-cabinet configurations have a capability of transferring data at multi-gigabyte speeds. The first fully electronic non-robotic data library, the FireFly was designed with an electronically switched data path, eliminating the need for robotics, and providing greatly improved data access and reliability. Drives and RAID sets are switched off and on between the four banks of drives in the FireFly.

Predictive Failure Analysis
The FireFly manages the reliability of data based on Predictive Failure Analysis of physical disk by monitoring the Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology or "S.M.A.R.T." status of the drive over time. The FireFly will take a drive that is suspect and write it's data to a spare drive dedicated to S.M.A.R.T., taking the suspect drive off line while remapping the spare drive to the RAID set it replaced. When a new drive is inserted to replace the bad drive, the reverse process is done and the spare drive added back to the spare pool. The analysis reports the following:

Power Management
High-end storage products can consume 14 kilowatts per hour. A "greener" solution, the FireFly requires about the same amount of electricity as eight 120W light bulbs for an equivalent amount of storage. This advanced power management technique can save companies thousands of dollars in utility charges. Power Management powers drives off during idle time. Drives "spin-up" on first I/O request, while drives go idle and "spin down" after I/O timeout.

The FireFly DM-Series Virtual Libraries are compatible with all leading networked operating environments. CUC integrates software that makes it fast, easy and seamless to integrate the FireFly into Windows 2000, Unix and Macintosh platforms.

Most near-line solutions today are slow, making them impractical for many high-speed applications such as video and data files. Unheard of in the near-line industry, the FireFly delivers as many as 48 concurrent strings of data per library, at unprecedented 400MB/s. The FireFly is truly the next generation near-line solution with the level of performance and scalability required for High Data Broadcast, Medical Imaging, Financial, Oil and Gas yet economical enough for mid size organizations.

The FireFly is rooted in stable, industry-standard, cross-platform compliant hard disk drives. The same basic technology every computer user has relied on for nearly three decades. By incorporating SATA HDD into the FireFly, the user's long-term storage investment is preserved. Capacities grow with higher capacity SATA drives and can be mixed in the library in the future.

The advantages offered by FireFly in networked storage environments include: scalability, economy and performance. A point-to-point connection, SATA allows multiple drive ports to be aggregated into a single controller, meaning capacity hungry applications and environments can quickly and easily respond to their changing storage requirements not only giving organizations greater control over scalability, but over cost by just adding additional drives with higher capacity.

Capacities and Configurations
DM50- Maximum capacity 12TB with (48) 250GB SATA drives, Dimensions 30.3" H x 19.7" W x 30.7" D. Weight 662 lbs.
DM100- Maximum capacity 24TB with (96) 250GB SATA drives, Dimensions 44.5" H x 19.7" W x 30.7" D. Weight 882 lbs
DM200- Maximum capacity 48TB with (192) 250GB SATA drives, Dimensions 72.8" H x 19.7" W x 30.7" D. Weight 1103 lbs

Operating Environment
Operating Temperature: 5C-35C
Thermal Gradient: Maximum 10C/hr
Humidity: 20-80 %RH
Wet Bulb: 30C max

Voltage: 90-264 V AC
Frequency: 47-63 Hz
Power Consumption: 15A / 7.5A (100 / 240 V) 1800 VA maximum
Inrush Current: < 140 A / 280 A (115 / 230 V 25C)

Nearline: Omnilib/DVD Series Libraries

Product Description: IEEI has introduce the latest Omnilib family of DVD-RAM Libraries. The OmniLib family of DVD-RAM combines high performance and low cost into a single storage system. OmniLib libraries range from 2.35 Terabytes to an incredible 13.6 Terabytes in a single cabinet. Virtual Libraries: Each OmniLib can be partitioned into a maximum of 8 virtual libraries (VL). Media and drives are assigned to each VL. Each VL is managed independently of one another.

DVD Libraries - 250, 750, 1450 SLOT

Offline: OmniLib-TLS-5000 S-AIT Tape Libraries

Product Description:
The OmniLib-TLS-5000 series tape subsystems is the first family of automated tape libraries utilizing Sony's new S-AIT (Super AIT) tape drive technology to deliver 500GB per tape enterprise class backup and near-line storage solutions. The S-AIT1 tape drive is the result of combining the best features of Sony's widely used AIT recording technology with increased media recording area afforded by the -inch tape format. IN the OmniLib/TLS-5000 advanced robotic design, S-AIT yields industry-leading capacity, storage density, performance and reliability.

  • Up to 45 Terabytes per Square Foot
  • Lowest cost per Terabyte
  • Worldwide Remote Management
  • Upward Capacity Growth
  • Future 1TB and 2TB roadmap per tape
  • S-AIT1 High Performance
  • Seamless Integration
  • Reliable, Intelligent Robotics
  • From 16.5-132 TB Capacity
  • Field upgradeable drives
Expandability Protects ROI
  • Upgrade kits for two models available to double number of tapes
  • Additional drives are easy and fast to install
  • Tape drives in plug-in canisters with individual cooling fans enhance reliability
  • Drives are 'Hot-Plugable' for user installation in less than one minute
  • Capacity expansion kits take less than one hour to install
  • LVD/SE interface
  • Multiple SCSI bus connections supported
  • 2GB SANSmart Fibre Channel Options
  • Logical Library dynamic partitioning
  • Simultaneous random and multi-sequential operating modes
  • Selectable recycling and dual-bin sequential modes
Powerful User Interface
  • Intuitive menu-driven control system provides easy-to-use installation
  • Configuration and operation information via the large LCD panel
  • Critical operating messages displayed with audible alarms signal immediate action
  • Q-Link™ browser-based remote library manager allows any library to be configured, monitored and managed from anywhere in the world
Engineered for Reliability
  • All brushless motors, no belts or pulleys
  • Self-calibrating, all-digital servo control system
  • Pre-wired tape drive mounting slots
  • Auto-aligning, no mechanical or electrical adjustments
  • Pressurized, filtered, forced air cooling with redundant fans
  • Over 1,000,000 MEBF Automated tape drive cleaning

Specifications Table
4 Models to choose from 5433 5466 58132 58264
Number of Drives 1-4 1-4 1-8 1-8
Number of Tapes 33 66 132 264
Native Capacity (TB) 16.5 33 66 132
Compressed Capacity (TB) 42.9 85.8 171.6 343.2
Max. Native Data Rate 432 432 864 864
Max Comp. Data Rate 1.1 1.1 2.2 2.2
Avg Exchange Time (sec) 16 16 18 18
Time to Scan Barcodes (sec.) 41 91 92 108
Q-Link Remote Library Manager Std. Std. Std. Std.
Barcode Reader Std. Std. Std. Std.
I/O Port Std. Std. Std. Std.
Field Expansion Kit Yes Yes
Height (in./cm.) 45/114 62/157
Width (in./cm.) 19/48 37/94
Depth 30/77 30/76
Net Weight (lb./kg.) 105/48 359/163
Power Consumption (watts avg) 250 470

FlashNet: Archiving with Media Manager

Archiving with Media Manager FlashNet is working with Avid to provide and integrated archive system unparalleled in Avid Unity environments. Avid users will be able to archive and restore compositions and master clips directly from the Avid MediaManager desktop to a number of different data archive libraries from DVD all the way through high performance tape libraries, Avid users can make use of almost unlimited storage capacity.

This is all made possible by the direct integration fo t he FlashNet archive manager with the Avid MediaManager. MedaManager is a powerful media asset management application designed to allow intuitive search, sort, management, and retrieval of media and metadata. It comples with the Open Media Management (OMM) interface standard and is completely compatible with Avid project and bin file structure common to all Windows NT based Avide editing applications. FlashNet operates as an integrated part of this system such that sending material to an archive is achieved by selecting "SendToSGLArchive" in an Avid pulldown menu much like a "SendToWorkgroup" transfer. The restoration process is equally simple in that all the MediaManager search tools for Unity also apply to archived material. This includes searching by text, time, project, bin, or media type. The same choice of views available with MediaManager for Unity systems also apply to archive searches.

The mechanism by which FlashNet is integrated with MediaManager is the Dynamically Extensible Transfer (DET) interface. DET provides a mechanism for vendors to implement their own transfer protocols under the control fo the Avid TransferManager server. Sending material to the archive is initiated by the editor application or from the MediaManager. In the case of initiation from the editor, the user selects one or more master clips or compositions in a bin. He then selects the "SendToWorkgroup" menu and then "SendToSGLArchive". From the Mediamanager, the user selects one or more master clips or compositions and drags and drops them into the archive portion of MediaManager. In either case, the selection initiates the transfer to the archive library via FlashNet. FlashNet then selects the proper DVD or tape and writes the master clip or composition to the media. All media written by FlashNet is self-contained such that even if it is removed from the library, it remans part of the FlashNet database.

FlashNet - THE software in broadcast industry
Retrieval from the archive is equally simple. Using MediaManager allows the user to search on a number of different attributes with flexible views of the search results. These views can be a Head Frame view which represents each clip by name with a head frame as well as the clip type, creation date, date last modified, check-in date, and tape name or a Text view with only the attributes sor a Head Frame Only view with only the Head Frame. When the user finds the master clips or the compositions desired, he can drag and drop them into a Media Composer or Newscutter bin or into a local MediaManager. FlashNet in turn takes this request, finds the media where the master clip or composition is stored, and restores it to the requested location. All this is accomplished without further interaction by the user.

FlashNet provides the means to abstract the archive library from the application and, therefore, the user. The archive library acts as a logical extension of the storage available on the Avid systems. The implication of this is that the user sees virtually unlimited storage for his Avid systems and a way to search and retrieve archive material. With a matter of a few clicks, projects can be archived and retrieved without having to re-encode material or find other files associated with a master clip or composition.

FlashNet has all the features you would expect from a superior archive management system including off-line media tracking, media spanning, prioritization, grouping and many more. More than 4000 copies of FlashNet have been installed worldwide. FlashNet is available on SGI Irix, Sun Solaris, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 to provide maximum flexibility for any operation. Clients are also available for Mac-based Avid systems.


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