Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) is using this week’s NAB 2003 conference to demonstrate its advanced Storage Area Network (SAN)-based file sharing technology, called Infinite Structure. The technology, born of government and defense work, is aimed at production companies, film studios and other groups that need secure access to massive amounts of data.
Developed around a 64-bit filesystem called CXFS, Infinite Structure is already in use in more than 300 customer sites worldwide and on more than 1,100 clients. The storage technology can scale up to an astounding 18 million terabytes of storage capacity. In practical terms, that’s about 9 million uncompressed movies at 2K resolution, or thousands of years of 50Mb broadcast material, according to SGI.
Infinite Structure supports multiple Fibre Channel connections that have proven in practical applications to provide SGI users with up to 12GB per second of aggregate throughput. The system incorporates file-journaling for high reliability and less-than-one-second restarts. SGI’s Data Migration Facility (DMF) tool provides a way to move archived content to near-line and online storage, too.
Infinite Structure is currently available to be integrated with various flavors of Windows, Linux and Altix, and SGI said that it will make the technology available to Mac OS X in late 2003.
SGI is demonstrating Infinite Structure for Broadcast and numerous other storage and media server solutions at this week’s NAB 2003, which runs from April 7 – 10, 2003 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Look for them in booth SL3868.