Calling all vendors - NAS solution required
I am seeking prospective vendors for a new video NAS solution to replace a SAN that is coming to the end of its lifecycle. Client is based in Europe. Buy in level will be at 192TB with full replication (192TB x 2) and needs plenty of scope to expand. Please see a list of the requirements:
Online (In house):
192TB (RAW) RAID6 - NAS ideally with 2 x 10Gbe SFP+. 1 10Gbe fiber will go to External Data Center for Nearline Replication. The other 10Gbe will go to switch for 1Gbe users to connect. Users will be 5 minimum, 10 maximum.
Environment is Mac - Adobe Premiere CC mainly dealing with standard Prores 422 and XDCAM 50Mbps. Mainly news content and fast turnaround but also higher-end feature pieces. No 4K (yet), mainly HD. Each user gets dedicated 1Gbe connection. NAS network is dedicated for the shared storage and not shared with other network traffic. We prefer no licensing or client software and should support Mac, Windows and Linux.
Ideally, the NAS can have expandable RAID cards to allow more future performance.
Nearline (External data center):
192TB (RAW) RAID6 - Nightly backups over 10Gb fiber to external data center. Around 6-8 Gb speed will be dedicated during the night, pipe is shared with other data traffic.
Needs to be proven, edit ready video orientated NAS. Ideally, the NAS server will be self contained within the initial 3U unit with it's own built in redundancy measures. Preference is also given to systems that can handle the replication without external software, ie a full Online and Nearline solution.
Must be able to provide warranty and nextday replacement to central Europe.
Please send proposals with cost outline to firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to contact for more information.
Neo Verite Limited
Excellent RFP, Scott ... you've neatly summarized what's going to become the standard requirements for modern post-houses.
Our LumaNAS 3.0 solution addresses precisely those requirements you've highlighted ... a client/server architecture built around a very efficient ZFS file server NAS with a 10GbaseT network to the client workstations (Mac, PC or Linux).
With standard Cat6/7 cabling and 10GbaseT NICs we can deliver a sustained 800MB/s throughput which is plenty fast enough for HD, 2K and even 4K workflows ... we can certainly add an 10Gbe SFP+ NIC (or even InfiniBand) for connectivity to your switch and Data Center, but if you haven't checked out recent developments in 10GbaseT switches and Cat 6/7 cabling you might just want to see how far they've come and their amazing the price points.
The cool thing about our LumaNAS 3.0 approach is that we can easily integrate Mac (both Thunderbolt and the old PCIe towers) Windows and Linux clients through a simple NFS mount so you can have Adobe CC running across whatever platform delivers the best price/performance.
Even though you're not running a 4K workflow at the moment our solution easily scales to handle 4K ProRes and even UHDTV DPX pipelines if you need it.
Open sourced ZFS is the the most advanced file system and volume manager available today ... much more efficient and reliable than old fashioned block-based technologies like Xsan and StorNext and in terms of price/performance it's unbeatable. Its built in data integrity and sophisticated replication and snapshot functionality means that you no longer need to install expensive FC NICs, FC switches and FC RAID controllers ... just use 6G or 12 SAS HBAs and JBODs which can be both spinning disks and SSDs ... the super smart caching algorithms inherent with ZFS means you can get the best of both worlds - HDDs for cheap large capacity and SSDs for high speed performance!
The other thing about the LumaNAS 3.0 platform is the easy integration with Object-based cloud storage ... the M&E world is starting to find ways to incorporate cloud based elastic resources and storage and open sources platforms like OpenStack provide tremendous cost savings over proprietary based solutions like Quantum Lattus.
The future is open .. NAS based storage based around ZFS with efficient connectivity to OpenStack cloud storage is going to become an integral part of many post-production shared storage requirements.
Check out our website for more details on LumaNAS 3.0 ... if you're any where near West Hollywood, we're actually giving a 'collaborative workflow' demonstration this afternoon at 5pm on The Lot .... we show 6K DRAGON and 4K ProRes dailies being processed on 4 clients simultaneously all connected over Cat 7 cabling to the back-end LumaNAS 3.0 file share with 96 TBs of HDD storage and 8 TBs of SSDs.
We can easily scale the solution to handle a petabyte of data if and when you need it - high density JBOD enclosures are really cheap now and 6TB drives are falling in price every week.
Let me know where you're based and if you need any more information.
Advanced Digital Workflow
Many thanks for the breakdown of your product. I certainly agree that NAS and file servers using the likes of ZFS are the way to go these days. Do you have resellers in central Europe?
Feel free to email me a cost proposal to my specification.
Neo Verite Limited