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New Storage Solution from MelroseTEC and Excelero Allows Sim to Harness Shared NVMe Technology for M&E
MelroseTEC announced that it helped Sim to enter a new era in production/post-production ease and efficiency with a high performance storage architecture based on Excelero's shared NVMe storage software. By combining MelroseTEC commodity NVMe hardware with Excelero NVMesh elastic NVMe block storage software and Mellanox 25/ 40/50/100Gb Ethernet NICs, Sim is now able to deliver up to 11 GB/sec of storage bandwidth per client to support four simultaneous 4K 60FPS Open EXR streams. This additional storage performance allows Sim to power its award-winning creative and future-proof its data center during an era of intense industry change.

Post-production studios are struggling to keep up with the rapid increase in both resolution and color fidelity. The current normal is 4K-10bit, 4K-16bit is becoming commonplace, and 8K is just over the horizon. Open EXR, and ACES along with uncompressed clip-based workflows are now happening as well. This taxes existing disk-based systems beyond their capability, requiring a new approach to storage.

Sim, having successfully filled its show roster of work using such large file formats, quickly needed additional high-performance storage. Sim turned to MelroseINC as a partner to engineer a solution based on the newest technology of NVMe.

"We were extremely impressed with the level of technology and speed that Excelero's software with NVMe hardware has presented to Sim - offering us six times faster performance than our existing storage network," said Paul Chapman, VP of Engineering and Technology/LA, at Sim.

New Software-Defined Architecture

Newer NVMe SSDs are increasingly the go-to solution when studios and their customers need streaming, editing, and finishing in high framerates. Excelero NVMesh software-defined storage solution enables workstation and server access to large scalable bandwidth and low latency performance to meet these needs. Its NVMesh provides a full scale out solution for 4K frame-based Color and Finish workflows and beyond. Based on 4 independent servers, with 6 NVMe disks per node, native Linux based clients can expect 11GBps over 100Gb ethernet. Windows and Mac clients are able to achieve up to 2.5 Gbps over 25Gb Ethernet.

Benefits of Excelero with NVMe High Throughput and Low Latency Storage

  • Reduces infrastructure costs by 50% utilizing 100 Gb Ethernet
  • Unleash the performance of NVMe, which is 5-35x the performance of legacy SSD and HDD
  • Minimize changes to workflows by combining with existing storage hardware to use NVMe as Tier 0
  • Future-proof with any number of streams, any resolution, any framerate
Sandy Nasseri, CEO, MelroseINC: "Our professional services division MelroseTEC, partners with our customers to offer customized technology solutions that create and/or improve, our customers' technological infrastructure. Our expert team of 15 engineers build, test and validate proofs-of-concept for every proposed workflow. MelroseTEC creating the Excelero NVMesh system enabled Sim to use a hardware agnostic approach, which helped drive down costs."

Liam Ford, Senior Vice President Post Engineering, Sim: "Excelero with NVMe met our needs in paving the way for our transition to an ethernet based infrastructure."

Lior Gal, CEO Co-Founder, Excelero: "Today's production workflows need to evolve to meet the far greater demands of new content formats. We're delighted to partner with MelroseINC and Sim International to provide Elastic NVMe storage with high throughput and low latency storage that content creators need - helping them drive down costs and gain greater flexibility, and keep delivering better, more realistic, more impressive viewing experiences."

Published Tuesday, December 03, 2019 12:57 PM by David Marshall
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