MONTREAL -- Tiger Technology Sarl (www.tiger-technology.com), developer of high performance, affordable storage area networking (SAN) and workgroup management software solutions, today announced it will partner with Qlogic and DataDirect Networks to demonstrate an InfiniBand-based SAN/NAS clustered solution at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas, booth SU14705 on April 16th-19th. This cluster provides the scalability and reliability required to consolidate rich media data centers around InfiniBand, either natively or as a complement to Fibre Channel infrastructures.
With transfer rates of 20Gb/s, InfiniBand delivers five times the bandwidth of Fibre Channel and over sixteen times that of Gigabit Ethernet, with up to 90% reduction in internal latency. InfiniBand can also transport both SCSI and TCP/ IP protocols. Block-level (SAN) and file server based (NAS) topologies can therefore coexist on the same infrastructure. This unification results in cleaner installations and ultimately delivers higher performance with lower overall total cost of ownership.
Tiger Technology is uniquely positioned to leverage this remarkable aspect of InfiniBand, says Alexander Lefterov, CTO of Tiger Technology. MetaSAN/MetaLAN can leverage these two protocols to create a cluster of NAS-like servers that virtualizes the SAN storage. The total bandwidth of these individual servers is transparently aggregated to eliminate hotspots and I/O bottlenecks often experienced with traditional NAS heads. InfiniBand might very well be the interconnect technology that the video industry has been waiting for.
We are pleased to provide our Silicon Storage Appliance (S2A) storage platform in support of Tiger Technologys InfiniBand-based SAN/NAS clustered solution, notes Paul Bloch, President of DataDirect Networks. The integration of Tiger Technologys MetaSAN/MetaLAN software with our S2A storage platform conquers the performance, availability, scalability and management challenges in deploying cluster NAS architectures with parallel or shared file systems and storage. The tightly coupled solution can easily scale to handle the bandwidth and capacity intensive requirements needed in the evolving HD post production and mastering, visual effects, compositing, 3D animation, and digital intermediate space, empowering true real-time collaborative workflows.