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DDP Changes Everything
as DDP OS V4 is Released
Ardis Technologies' Dynamic Drive Pool (DDP) is award winning shared storage,
and its latest software developments will be shown at NAB Show in Las Vegas...

D

DP Ethernet-based SAN shared
storage offers unparalleled
performance, is easy to use, and with
a redefined Workflow Manager, is not
just a shared storage solution, but a
real solution for even the most complex
video and audio workflows.
This year, the new, and ground
breaking, version of DDP OS V4 will
be showcased. Features include,
Volume2Folder2DriveGroup,
the
ability to handle multiple file systems,
support for 40 GbE interface, multilanguage support, SMB protocol
enhancement, with up to 40% speed
increase for Mac platform etc.

as assigning users and groups to folder
hierarchies within drives. The folder
permissions assignable are read/write,
drop box, read only, and read/write
with no delete. Crucially, Workflow
Manager functions equally well in a
heterogeneous Windows, Mac, and
Linux environment.
The
Workflow
Manager
was
developed for audio and video, with
the non-IT user in mind. There is no
need for a complex Open Directory
or Active Directory server and the
technical overheads that go with it.
However, DDP V3 fully supports
LDAP and AD/OD services. With
this new functionality, it will enable
enhanced workflow additions for
applications like, Pro Tools, Final Cut
Pro, FCPX, Media Composer, Premiere,
Prunus, Edius, Firlight, Vegas, Softron,
and many others.
Managing the workflow is important
for every organisation, and with
Workflow Manager it's simple.

Now with DDP's own AVFS2NAS
module, you can use DDP volumes as
NAS, with no need for any software
installation. What's more, you can
create users, assign permissions, and
utilise Workflow Manager for folder
access rights. So DDP can work equally
well as SAN and/or NAS.

Folder Volumes
DDP is an Ethernet SAN using
iSCSI/AVFS
Folder
Volumes,
with quota and no capacity loss.
Features
include
SMB
access,
Access control and backup archive,
and synchronise in cooperation
with
Archiware,
yet
another
Web GUI
step forward by demonstrating
DDP has gained a revamped,
the
Volume2Folder2DriveGroup
web-based GUI for ease of use. New
functionality.
functions include, Folder Volumes
This clever engineering deserves
with Quotas, AVFS2NAS, Archiware
special attention. In a shared storage
P5 backup, Nagios integration, UPS
environment there are usually multiple
manager, direct link to Raid Card, and
volumes, which are connected to
many others.
different workstations (variously
Built-in notifications appear for
called drives, LUNS, media spaces,
events, such as drive failure, volume AVFS2NAS Module
workspaces).
check, and progress of backups.
When someone says "SAN", the
This is because not everyone needs
Uniquely, DDP has a built-in algorithm first thing that comes to mind is access to all the media files at the
that can analyse and recognise the speed. DDP is even faster than Fibre same volume. The disadvantage of this
type of video stream, allowing the Channel systems. It can use multiple method is that if you want to give the
operator to see how many streams of connections per session, its own same media to another user, you will
each video type are currently running.
technology to pair multiple 1 GbE or 10 need to move files/media between the
GbE Ethernet lines.
volumes, which takes up extra space,
Workflow Manager
Also, as AVFS drivers are installed, extra time, and reduces the overall
With the release of the new Workflow DDP controls desktops with Bandwidth storage bandwidth. When working
Manager, DDP features another Manager to provide quality of service. with MAM, or backup solutions, such as
innovation.
However, in large organisations, Archiware P5, it is much more difficult
From within the DDP software you not everyone needs fast access, and to manage these processes across
can create lists of users and groups sometimes administrators like to use multiple volumes.
of users. However, permissions can be NAS storage, without installing any
However, within a DDP volume,
assigned on a desktop level too, such software to client machines.
each folder can have its own storage
pool called Drive
DDP shared storage: a solution for even the most complex video and audio workflows
Group (DG). When
connected to a
PC, Mac, or Linux
workstation,
they
are seen at root
level.
Drive Groups can
be added on the
fly to increase the
volume's capacity,
and can be SSDs
or spindles with
different capacities.
Each DDP can hold
several DGs. This

means you can have one DDP Volume
(one Namespace) and any number of
roots.
Data which is used less frequently
can be moved to a near line DG.
Data such as DI material requiring
10 GbE and 40 GbE wire speed can
be ingested to an SSD folder. Data
which will be used much more
frequently (high IO count) can be
copied or moved to an SSD folder,
temporarily or permanently, manually
or automatically, without ever altering
the structure of the volume/directory.
The advantages of this are; no more
copying, no extra bandwidth usage,
and the administrator for MAM or
backup applications needs to manage
only one DDP Volume. All Folder
Volumes are part of the same DDP
Volume, and therefore users have full
capacity of the DDP.
Archiware Backup
Every DDP comes with Archiware P5
pre-installed. Every installation gains
immediate professional grade backup
to LTO tape. Tapes can easily be
stored off-site for the highest security
requirement and disaster recovery.
Included is a P5 Backup license,
which allows backup to LTO tapes,
using a single tape drive, but the
license may be extended for use with
tape libraries, synchronisation, or
archive modules.
An unlimited number of tapes can be
written, and P5 Backup keeps track of
all tapes and files written. To connect
the LTO tape drive to the DDP, a SAS
card needs to be in the DDP.
Data can be transferred between
the DDP and LTO with a speed of up
to 160 MB/s. Additionally, P5 Archive
for migrating media offline can be
activated simply by extending the
license, without further installation.
For more information about DDP -
The Award Winning shared storage,
please visit www.ddp-asia.com


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