FalconStor has announced its scale-out HyperFS file system, initially for the media and entertainment industries.
It's a software product sold by FalconStor's channel and can use any storage hardware underneath it. The idea is that channel people can build their own systems for their customers, using their own media/entertainment apps or third-party ones that cover some or all parts of the media content work cycle. The apps get their files or objects from a single name space and global repository created by HyperFS running on the the channel member's hardware and chosen storage.
The net result is a system that could compete with Isilon, Panasas, HP's X9000, IBM's SONAS and other scale-out NAS boxes sold into the same markets.
FalconStor says HyperFS supports up to 144PB of capacity and has a dedicated metadata server capable of looking after 16 concurrent file systems. It claims it can support hundreds of Mac OS X, Windows and Linux clients with high speed, low latency access to billions of files or objects, including very large files.
Thin provisioning, snapshots, replication and data migration come from FalconStor's NSS (Network Storage Server) used with HyperFS.
Performance is dependent on the storage and processor hardware chosen by FalconStor's channel and also the network links.
Rorke Data and SeaChange have HyperFS-based products available now. No pricing information was supplied. ®