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By | Chris Mellor 28th October 2011 16:01

NetApp scores video benchmark wins

But it's E-Series... not ONTAP 8.1

NetApp says its Media Content Management (MCM) system has outperformed all previously ATTO-tested storage subsystems.

This was with the Engenio-based E5460 array and StorNext, Quantum's virtualised file system manager, not with FAS storage arrays running Data ONTAP.

NetApp's Media Content Management system is designed to provide a central active repository for media production and distribution workflows.

The testing was done by ATTO Technology its Celerity Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with Multipath Director technology. NetApp says "New benchmarks were set across several media industry test regimens, including the number of uncompressed HD video streams simultaneously supported for Final Cut Pro editors. With four Mac clients running Final Cut Pro 7, the NetApp MCM [system] played back 22 uncompressed HD (1920 x 1080, 10-bit YUV) video streams overnight without dropping any frames."

Chris Cummings, NetApp's marketing VP, said: "The MCM solution is optimised for workflow performance and scalability; it will allow Media and Entertainment companies to architect more integrated media workflows."

El Reg's understanding is that FAS ONTAP arrays do not have the sheer data access speed needed by such heavy and scale-out filer workloads.

We understand from SVG that MCM in a 40U rack offers 50Gbit/s read throughput and 30Gbit/s writing speed.

There can be 1.8PB of capacity in the rack. Quantum's StorNext software lets users deal with HD, 2K and 4K video resolutions along with 3D animation, and special effects.

It begins to seem that NetApp will be a significant StorNext reseller for Quantum. ®

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