Encrypted, Portable, Rugged ServerPack35 by Acromove Debuts At NAB 2018
Acromove’s new encrypted ServerPack35 efficiently moves up to 144TB between facilities. It combines compute, storage, and networking in a unique Hyper-Converged Appliance that is software-agnostic.
March 26, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Entertainment companies create, store, and move a ton of data every day. Digital production and post, media libraries, archives, and company resources – it adds up quickly. Shooting with the Arri 65 or Red Weapon can generate 2-5TB of raw camera files per day, not to mention the backup copies, transcoded proxy files, and other critical information. Getting this data to the cloud or between facilities can be a real time-waster.
Moving 1TB of data to the cloud with a high-speed 100Gb Ethernet pipeline and file transfer acceleration software such as Aspera will take about 24 hours. If you have 50TB to move it will take over 50 days. There’s no economy of scale, it’s all based on math. This is a best-case scenario that is rarely available.
The Acromove ServerPack 35 makes it possible to store and move 144TB (120TB with RAID 6) of data in about one week – a day and a half to copy onto the drives, 2 days for UPS/FedEx, day and a half to upload to the cloud server directly. This “sneaker-net” is an old tried-and-true method but with today’s huge datasets it requires the high technology Acromove packs into its products to make things work efficiently.
ServerPack 35 is a unique portable NAS using an 8-core Xeon processor (optional 16-core) with up to 144TB raw storage (120TB with RAID6). It includes GbE and 10GbE copper and can be outfitted with 10GbE SFP+ and 40GbE QSFP+ network connections. All internal components are shock-mounted and the Pelican case it comes in is IP67-rated for water and dust protection. Stored data is protected with AES-256 encryption and the enclosure is tamper-resistant. The system is sized to ship as airline luggage for economy and weighs about 65 pounds with disks for inexpensive shipping.
Acromove has partnered with Seagate to offer the latest helium-filled Barracuda Pro 12TB 3.5” drives for the largest capacity in a 12-bay NAS. Acromove has tested this new drive extensively to deliver optimal performance throughout its storage range, achieving about 1600 MB/s with its large internal 256MB cache and dual 10GbE connections.
ServerPack 35 can be configured with any operating system and software required by the end-user. The first major client of this system installed Ubuntu Linux and OSNEXUS QuantaStor Migration Edition for a ZFS-based mass data transfer appliance. Another interesting workflow can be set up with Hortonworks HDF (Hortonworks Data Flow) for data ingestion in an IIoT scenario. Big data ingestion is about moving data – especially unstructured data – from where it is originated, into a system where it can be stored and analyzed such as Hadoop. The ServerPack 35 can serve as an Edge Computing device, collecting and processing information before moving it to the cloud.