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.


Introducing PixStor

High Performance, Data Aware Software-Defined Storage

High Performance Parallel File System with Limitless Scale

PixStor is powered by a parallel file system enhanced with added ease of use, tiering, cloud integration. analytics, metadata tagging, search 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 NAS, 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

PixStor Search
PixStor Analytics

Advanced Analytics

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.

PixStor Fully Protected Storage

  • Asynchronous replication through PixStor data management tools
  • Data is constantly scanned for changes and replicated to anywhere in the world
  • DR Sites provides snapshot-driven version control
  • 100% software defined – no specialist hardware required

Python and REST APIs

  • The ArcaPix Python API provides an easy to learn, pythonic interface into the filesystem 
  • The API extends integration of various filesystem functions to applications and users.
  • Metadata search and retrieval
  • Data lifecycle curation
  • Snapshot control
  • Security Management
  • Rapid development of new automations and interfaces
  • PixStor’s OAuth2 compliant REST interface also provides:
    • Simple GET/PUT interaction with the filesystem
    • Asynchronous control of all available management features

PixStor Web Interface

  • Secure, single pane of glass interface for monitoring and managing daily PixStor tasks
  • Snapshot control
  • Fileset management
  • Performance Dashboards
  • Capacity Analytics
  • NFS and SMB Share management
  • Remote call home enablement
  • Support logging
  • Built on ArcaPix Python API

Result: An Easy to Manage Storage Platform

  • Centralized control of all major file system components from a single interface
  • Python and REST APIs for file system automation 
  • Vastly reduced complexity for otherwise difficult to manage file system components (condense pages of scripts into just a few lines)
  • Pythonic and REST-compliant toolset can be used to create customized web interfaces over and above what is provided with the solution
  • Open source monitoring, alerting and performance analytics tailored to the exact needs of the administrative workflow
  • Treats filesystem metrics as an data source that can be used in open visualization packages such as Grafana

Why Pixit Media Uses IBM Spectrum Scale

Under the Hood, What Makes PixStor so Capable

Pixit Media Enhancements to IBM Spectrum Scale

Advanced Software

  • Centralized control of all file system components from a single interface
  • Pythonic and REST-compliant toolset can be used to automate Spectrum Scale operation and create customized web interfaces
  • Vastly reduced complexity for otherwise difficult to manage file system components
  • Monitoring, alerting, search and analytics
  • High performance tiering to object storage with full path retention so object is directly accessible by cloud applications, enhancing workflow
  • Seamless cloudbursting
  • Cost effective, simplified Disaster Recovery via remote PixStor asynchronous replication

Comprehensive Solution Design

  • Extensive, in-depth analysis of existing environment focusing on workflow requirements, storage, network, and applications
  • Identify issues and bottlenecks
  • Design solution architecture including hardware, software configuration and procurement guidance
  • Integrated system build and implementation

Unified Services & Support

  • “Disk to desktop” holistic solution understanding
  • Direct access to knowledgeable expertise – no “briar patch” support
  • Hybrid managed service: regular maintenance tasks such as firmware and upgrades are handled by PixStor support, rather than the customer’s technical staff
  • Alerts generated by the system are proactively investigated and escalated by Pixit Media support
  • Single point of contact multi-vendor incident management ensures SLA’s and top-quality support experience is delivered
  • Automated weekly health checks

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

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