The Media & Entertainment Data Challenge
The onset of 4K Digital and beyond workflows have overwhelmed the throughput capabilities of proprietary Fibre Channel and Scale-Out NAS storage – and the inexorable data growth these higher resolution assets creates makes the economics of storing data on these expensive solutions untenable. There is a better way.
High Performance, Data Aware Software-Defined Storage
High Performance Parallel File System with Limitless Scale
PixStor is powered by IBM Spectrum Scale enhanced with added ease of use, tiering, cloud integration and relentless support – on open standard hardware – greatly reducing costs
Effortless Burst Rendering
Painlessly cloudburst onto unlimited nodes, minimizing data transfer and maximizing data locality
Transparent Data Tiering to Object, Tape, and the Cloud
Reserves high speed storage for work in progress, moves everything else to low cost archive, while maintaining a single view of all data
Simplified Management and Workflow Automation
Easy Python API programming interface removes complexity and provides ‘DevOps’ style management capabilities for systems administrators and pipeline developers – automating management and workfows
The PixStor Single Namespace, Cloud Integrated, Media Workflow Architecture
PixStor Supports More 4K+ Workflows, at a Lower Cost, than any Other Solution
The PixStor Single Namespace Cloud Integrated Architecture
PixStor is a high performance, highly scalable, enterprise-class storage solution specifically designed for Media & Entertainment workflows. PixStor combines flash, disk, tape and cloud storage with affordable, high performance Ethernet into a unified system that’s higher performing, limitless in scale and lower cost than traditional legacy solutions. Data moves seamlessly through many tiers of storage – from fast flash to cost-effective, high capacity object storage, all the way out to the cloud – depending on how frequently it needs to be accessed. This allows media organizations to accelerate high resolution workflows and store valuable assets more safely and economically.
PixStor provides the performance needed so combined VFX, finishing and rendering workloads can all run at maximum speed without effecting editors’ or artists’ user experience. What’s more, in addition to tiering data to the cloud with PixStor Ngenea HSM, PixStor PixCache facilitates efficient Burst Rendering onto unlimited compute nodes to take on extra projects or accelerate schedules. PixCache minimizes data transfer and maximizes data locality by caching on premises data close to cloud computing resources. Results are automatically transferred back to on-premises storage with no manual intervention.
Complete Data Awareness and Lightning Fast Search
Intuitive user defined metadata harvesting, tagging and easy search for data – no more tree walks or lost data
SMBv2/3, NFS, FTP, HTTP, S3, HDFS and POSIX parallel file system client for extreme performance
Real time performance, history and trending with statistics reporting about data and its contents through a simple and intuitive graphical interface.
The Software Defined Economic Advantage
PixStor is deployed on software-defined, open standard hardware, with no vendor lock-in, and includes most data protection services at no extra charge – providing media organizations economic advantage and greater purchasing power, now and into the future.
Why Pixit Media Uses IBM Spectrum Scale
Under the Hood, What Makes PixStor so Capable
Pixit Media Enhancements to IBM Spectrum Scale
Comprehensive Solution Design
Unified Services & Support
Direct Access to Knowledgeable Expertise – No “Briar Patch” Support
- Bi-Annual solution performance review
- Upgrade planning consultancy for system hardware/software refresh
- Spectrum Scale policy implementation and management
- Network topology review and tuning
- Capacity and performance analysis for planning and growth