PixStor: Data-Aware Software Defined Storage

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Incredible scalability and performance in an industry leading footprint. 

Provides centralised asset storage for distributed workflows of any kind.

Built-in data protection and active availability for any sized requirement.

Software-based architecture that removes hardware vendor lock-in and minimises support costs. 

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PixStor, Pixit Media’s software-defined scale-out storage solution, provides flexible scalability and predictable performance, without relying on expensive proprietary hardware technology. This allows content creators and distributors of any size to efficiently and granularly manage expansion and data retention costs as workflows change.

PixStor improves on traditional storage solutions by combining the performance of SAN-based technology with the usability of centralised Scale-Out NAS into a single, software-defined platform. Facilities are capable of concurrently accessing any type of data from any part of the workflow without performance degradation using industry standard sharing protocols (SMB, NFS, etc).

With a software-based approach to performance and capacity scaling, PixStor users are free to choose the most appropriate disk, tape and cloud components for their requirements from a wide-range of certified components, and services, all tightly integrated and supported by Pixit Media’s professional services and support team. By providing appliance functionality without traditional appliance restrictions, PixStor is able to reduce growth and support costs by as much as 90% by removing hardware vendor lock-in.

 


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Specifications

 Highly Available, Load Balanced Connectivity

  • NFS, SMBv2/3, FTP, HTTP
  • Functional, performant and reliable SMB stack for macOS

Connectivity

  • 1/10/20/25/40/50/56/100Gb Ethernet
  • SAS and Fibre Channel
  • Infiniband
  • RDMA and RoCE Support
  • Information Lifecycle Management
  • Automated policy-based placement and migration between flash, disk, tape and object

Operating System Support

  • Windows 7,8 and 10
  • Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2015
  • Red Hat Linux/CentOS/Scientific Linux 6 and 7
  • SLES Linux 11 and 12
  • Ubuntu 14.04/16.04

 Information Lifecycle Management

  • Automated policy-based placement and migration between flash, disk, tape and object

Performance Acceleration

  • Block and file-based prefetching
  • Intelligent pattern learning
  • Tunable file and metadata caching
  • Local client caching for high performance requirements with reduced cost

User Management and Security

  • User, group and directory quotas
  • Integration with LDAP and Active Directory
  • MPAA-capable
  • POSIX file systems

Data Protection

  •  Directory level snapshots (up to 256,000)
  •  Windows previous version support for ‘point and click’ file restores
  •  Synchronous and Asynchronous replication with point-in-time recovery states
  •  Backup acceleration
  • Performance Acceleration
 Virtualisation

  • Backend support for VMware datastores and OpenStack Cinder/Glance
  • Writeable file clones for rapid VM deployment
  • Operates in Google GCP, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS for burst render

Storage Backends

  • Flash and Disk
  • Tape
  • S3-compliant object storage (Cleversafe, Scality, HGST, Ceph, Swift, BlackPearl, etc)
  • S3-compliant cloud storage (Amazon S3, Sohonet, etc)
  • POSIX file systems
  • Proven Applications
  • Premiere, Final Cut, Avid Media Composer, Resolve, RV, Nucoda, Nuke, Nuke Studio, Flame, Smoke, After Effects, Scratch and many, many more