Dynamic Drive Pool

Dynamic Drive Pool

Easy to set up and deploy shared storage for the smaller operation which traditionally kept assets on the shelf. DDP facilitates affordable collaborative working.
Adam Lewiston, root6

The Dynamic Drive Pool offers a superior storage solution and distinguishes itself from competing storage systems based on the following features:

Superior speed and functionalitySAN speed with NAS functionality

Unique project and file level sharing – All video, film and audio post production applications can share and exchange project and media data

Easy to install, maintain and operate – One single box using standard Ethernet does it all

Cost-saving solution – Standard Ethernet instead of fibre channel means lower storage server costs due to very effective bandwidth usage

Description

What Does DDP Mean?

DDP – Dynamic Drive Pool – refers to a pool of storage from which virtual or logical volumes can be created and used via ethernet, hence ethernet SAN. Its iSCSI technology generates wire speed access over Ethernet. Its metadata controller AVFS guarantees simultaneous read and write access for all participants. This combines the best of both worlds: wire speed data access via standard Ethernet infrastructure.

Benefits of the AVFS

  • 3 times faster than traditional NFS and SMB/CIFS
  • runs over existing Ethernet infrastructure
  • transparent to users and applications
  • project and File Level based Sharing
  • Windows, Mac OSX and Linux client support
  • clients can use either NFS, SMB/CIFS or AVFS access
  • Storage servers support more clients, users and applications than with NFS or SMB/CIFS

Key Features

[checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”” size=”small” class=”” id=””] [li_item icon=””]DDP IS AN ETHERNET SAN
Its iSCSI technology generates wire speed access over Ethernet. Its metadata controller AVFS guarantees simultaneous read and write access for all participants. This combines the best of both worlds: wire speed data access via standard Ethernet infrastructure.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]FOLDERVOLUMES
Foldervolumes are folders with volume properties. It is easiest to have one DDP volume with a folder structure resembling the workflow. But then this DDP volume must be on line all the time. By making folders into folders with volume properties the administrator can choose which folders should be on line for which user.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]PROJECTS ALWAYS MATCHES CAPACITY
Foldervolumes are folders on a DDP volume. When files are added to or deleted from a foldervolume it is the capacity of the DDP volume, which changes, so there is no unused capacity. It is as if shrinking or expanding is done automatically. Each foldervolume can have quota assigned to limit capacity usage. Quota can be changed on the fly.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]SMB ACCESS AS WELL
DDP volumes and foldervolumes can be accessed via SMB also.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]FOLDERVOLUME ACCESS CONTROL
Groups/users access controls: none, r/w, ro, wo and r/w no delete via integrated Workflow Manager.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]BACKUP, ARCHIVE, SYNCHRONIZE
Archiware Backup, Archive and Synchronize integrated.[/li_item] [/checklist]

Other features are bandwidth limiting, bandwidth doubling/tripling, IOmonitor, Nagios integration, special maintenance tools, Webgui, Avid storage emulation, LDAP, AD and OD client integration. DDPs are modular and scalable. A base system can be combined with HD or SSD packs and 1,10 and or 40 GbE Ethernet ports, SAS card for LTO and EX card(s) for DDP16EX(R) and DDP60EXR. The DDP is the easiest SAN around. It is one system (a DDP), one network (Ethernet) from one manufacturer (Ardis Technologies).