The Ardis DDP stand seemed to have a constant stream of people at IBC this year. There also was a new tag line implemented “Here, There, Elsewhere”! So what did this mean? And where are Ardis going in the future. I had a conversation with Jan of Ardis to find out.
The storage industry changes every day with capacity and bandwidth requirements going up along with client expectations to be able to work in the latest Frame Raster. DDP have already added the micro DDP to their range, this is a very small footprint device that is easy to transport and almost silent. The unit itself has 8 internal SSD drives with a maximum capacity of 28TB per chassis, this is pretty impressive in a 1u chassis..
V4 introduced the idea of Hybrid systems. This meant that you could now have a DDP that consist of different drive packs, for example you could have a mix of SSD and spinning disks within one DDP chassis. This also had the feature of active caching, when you needed the performance of SSD the DDP software could automatically and seamlessly move the data from spinning disk to SSD it would also allow for load balancing and the ability of having multiple DDPs connected to supply multiple data locations.
V5 builds on this idea where as v4 let you choose your data location so sit on a specific DDP within a “Clustser” you were still limited to having data live on individual DDP’s. With V5 we now see true load balancing where the location of the data can be split between multiple locations. So what does this do for the end user? Well the first advantage is bandwidth, on the stand we could see 4 MicroDDP systems feeding 4 workstations 4k uncompressed DPX sequences from a single DDP volume, this can be increased a needed and even split across locations (latency permitting). This kind of load balancing also lets you add and take away storage from the cluster and the redistribution of data take place seamlessly in the background. This means if you have a location job that need you to capture to a DDP you can simply remove one of the nodes and once the capture is complete you can add this bring the node back and redistribute the media ready for your editors to use. Another nice feature of V5 is the fact that alongside these features you have the ability to Mirror DDP systems for true redundancy. This feature is also available over different site locations so you can rest assure that your footage and projects are 100% redundant.