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The Future is now with DDP's
Dynamic Drive Pool AwardWinning Shared Storage!
During NAB, DDP will show off its current V4, and upcoming V5, software...
Advantages of DDP
Produced by Ardis Technologies,
DDP is the Ethernet-based SAN
(storage area network) solution with
no license fees, and it's easy to install
and maintain. It is 2-3 times faster
than similar storage solutions. Cable
speed can be doubled, tripled, or
even quadrupled compared to Fibre
Channel storage systems, if MCS
(Multiple Connections per Session) is
used.
DDP features SSD caching, making
it ideal for DI, transcoding, or when a
high number of IOPS are required.
Standard
software
includes:
Workflow Manager, for folderbased access permission rights;
Folder Volumes, so any folder can
be exported as a virtual drive with
real volume properties; Quota per
folder in real time; Bandwidth Limit,
for Quality of Service with separate
Read and Write values, and with no
retransmissions of TCP IP packets;
easy-to-use Web GUI, with easy
connection to clients; built-in Nagios;
industry-standard network monitoring

tools; and LDAP. Archiware software
is built in making it easy to backup,
synchronise, or archive data to LTO
or disks with metadata logging - full
licence is included.
DDP allows unlimited and automatic
project sharing for Adobe Premiere,
Avid Media Composer/Symphony,
Avid Pro Tools, FCP, GV Edius, Image
Systems, and many others.
With DDP you can share the same
DDP drive with PC, Mac, or Linux,
and everyone can read and write to
and from the same drive, without
restrictions.
There are over 100 different DDP
models and configurations designed
to meet the needs of any company, on
any budget.
V4 and V5
Basically, the upcoming V5 allows
multiple DDPs on the same network
to stream (and I/O) data in parallel,
controlled by one master DDP which
holds to metadata, and tells all
desktops connected to the network
where to write or read the data to and
from.
The important phrase here is "the
same network". Within a building with
a GbE infrastructure, all connections

With DDP you can share the same DDP drive with PC, Mac, or Linux

are the same, and all desktops can
access the data from somewhere on
the DDP setup - global DDP consisting
of multiple DDPs anywhere in the
building. With DDPs between different
buildings, it starts to depend on the
bandwidth of the various network
components.
Let's use a very extreme example...
Take KBS TV China and KBS TV USA.
Suppose KBS TV USA has a Chinese coworker in LA, who wants to see what
is happening during a voice recording
in Beijing, and suppose there is also
a DDP in LA. Let's also suppose the
ingest solution in Beijing can record
the original with a low-bandwidth
proxy.
The original (high-res) will be
recorded in Beijing on "Folder
Volume China", and depending on the
bandwidth, the proxy can be recorded
in LA on "Folder Volume China Proxy",
auditioned, and checked in LA, while
the other recording continues in
Beijing.
When required, original data can
be copied within the global DDP. This
can even happen under full control of
a global, regional, or local supervisor,
with full control of who has access
when, where, and on which materials,

etc. This means that sharing/
administering of materials/metadata
between users/desktops connected to
a network of DDPs, becomes as simple
as sharing between desktops and
users connected to one DDP. Nothing
further is needed and it becomes
transparent for all applications,
including ingest and playout solutions.
Now let's look at another example...
There are three independent DDP16Ds
in different departments, managed
by different individuals. All three
can be administered as one DDP, and
additional ones, including DDPs for
outside broadcast, can be added on
the fly.
So storage arrays can be added
at the back end, anywhere, without
changes in the front end. This is
important because it means nobody
has to be trained, and no workflow
changes are needed.
With V4 and V5, the metadata is
completely separate from the data.
It is a small footprint that can be
replicated, but the data itself remains
on the DDP16D. When the data is not
load-balanced the 'Folder Volumes'
addressing the other two DDPs can
be used. When load-balanced only,
the files on the other two DDPs can
be used until the broken one has
been repaired or replaced. But how
often does a DDP break down? Almost
never!
With a mirror option and Archiware
application in V5 data can be ingested
to the three DDP16Ds and mirrored to
another one with sufficient capacity.
Redundant DDPs can be used as
an active/active system. Think of a
redundant DDP as two DDPs - each
head with one or more DDP16EXRs
and/or DDP60EXRs - at the back
end, with the SAS cables connected,
but only one at the front end (active/
active). When one head fails, the DDP
switches the SAS bus, and only one
head remains active. The switchover
will be fast enough that no desktops
need to be restarted and DDP 'Folder
Volumes' remain connected.
For more information, please visit
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