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Cloudian HyperFile for object-storage-based NAS

Newly introduced Cloudian HyperFile is an integrated NAS controller that provides SMB/NFS file services from on-premises Cloudian HyperStore object storage systems. Cloudian HyperFile includes targets enterprise network attached storage (NAS) customers, those working in mission-critical, capacity-intensive applications that employ file data. Media and entertainment is one of the main target markets for HyperFile.

Cloudian HyperFile incorporates snapshot, WORM, non-disruptive failover, scale-out performance, POSIX compliance and Active Directory integration. When combined with the limitless scalability of Cloudian HyperStore enterprise storage, organizations gain new on-premises options for managing all of their unstructured data.

Pricing for complete Cloudian HyperFile storage solutions, including on-premises disk-based storage, start at less than 1/2 cent per GB/mo. To simplify implementation, Cloudian HyperFile incorporates a policy-based data migration engine that transfers files to Cloudian from existing NAS systems, or from proprietary systems such as EMC Centera. IT managers select the attributes for files to be migrated and the data movement then proceeds as a background task with no service interruption.

Cloudian HyperFile is available as an appliance or as a virtual machine. The HyperFile appliance is deployed as a node within a Cloudian cluster and includes active-passive nodes for rapid failover, fully redundant hardware for high-availability, and integrated caching for performance.

Cloudian is offering two software versions, HyperFile Basic and HyperFile Enterprise. A HyperFile Basic software license is included with Cloudian HyperStore at no additional charge and includes multi-protocol support, high-availability support and a management feature set. HyperFile Enterprise includes everything in HyperFile Basic, plus Snapshot, WORM, Geo-distribution, Global Namespace and File Versioning.

Pricing for complete on-premises, appliance-based solutions, begins at ½ cent per GB per month. Cloudian HyperFile is available now from Cloudian and from Cloudian reseller partners.

Boxx intros 16-core workstation supporting multi-threaded apps

The new, configurable Apexx 4 6301 workstation from Boxx features the new 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor, which provides support for multi-threaded apps like Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya, Adobe’s CC, Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve, Maxon’s Cinema 4D and Chaos’ V-Ray.

Whether rendering complex 3D scenes, encoding or powering simulation and analysis, AMD’s Ryzen architecture allows Apexx 4 6301 users to simultaneously multitask without losing efficiency or performance.

The 16-core Ryzen Threadripper features 64 PCIe lanes, quad channel DDR4 memory and AMD simultaneous multithreading. The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X offers support for 32 processing threads. Apexx 4 6301 also includes up to three pro-grade AMD Radeon Pro WX series or Nvidia graphics cards, and up to 128GB of system memory.

The Apexx 4 6301 is available now with a starting price of $3,931.

NetApp targets M&E workflows with ASE Cloud

NetApp is collaborating with ASE to expand the company’s ASE Cloud to the US, providing flexible cloud access for media and entertainment companies that need high bandwidth to manage massive HD files, which are often 4K and beyond.

ASE Cloud is built on NetApp StorageGrid Webscale, enabling ASE to offer object storage at an efficient cost per Gigabyte. The cloud service enables companies to manage and control their data in a public cloud without data egress fees, all managed through a web portal.

StorageGrid Webscale is a scale-optimized data solution that maximizes control over rich content, enabling secure and fluid movement. The software-defined object storage solution, says NetApp, allows customers to determine where and how their data is stored, depending on where it is in the content lifecycle. The solution also protects customer data with layered erasure coding, which combines node-level and geo-distributed erasure coding to efficiently prevent data loss.

ASE Cloud, powered by NetApp, is now available in the US.

Autodesk restructuring for cloud, subscription model, laying off 10%

Autodesk, via a press release on the BusinessWire, announced a restructuring plan intended to accelerate the company’s move to the cloud and its transition to a subscription-based business model. Through the restructuring, Autodesk seeks to reduce expenses, streamline the organization and reallocate resources to better serve its needs going forward. Part of this reduction of expenses means 10 percent of its workforce will be laid off — that’s about 925 positions — and certain leased facilities will be consolidated.

“As we progress through our business model transition, we continue to take a comprehensive look at our company to see where we can be more effective and efficient. To realize maximum value for both our customers and shareholders, and as a follow-on to previously discussed cost reduction actions, we are restructuring so we can focus resources on areas that will accelerate the move to the cloud and transition to a subscription-based business,” said Carl Bass, president/CEO of Autodesk.

Autodesk expects these actions will result in additional cost savings in fiscal 2017 and beyond, while reinvesting a portion of the savings in areas critical to its platform and business model transition. The company anticipates taking pre-tax charges of $85 million to $95 million in connection with the restructuring. Autodesk also expects to be at the high end or exceed its guidance ranges for billings, revenue, non-GAAP EPS, and net subscription additions for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.

“To be clear, the restructuring is not related to anything we are seeing in the macro-economic environment,” continued Bass. “We ended fiscal 2016 on a high note with very strong fourth-quarter billings growth and continued demand for our subscription offerings. Solid revenues, coupled with continued cost-controls, led to better than expected non-GAAP EPS during the quarter. I’m pleased we were able to deliver these results at such a critical moment in Autodesk’s transition.”

Additional details regarding the company’s fourth quarter financial results and restructuring plan will be provided on the company’s regularly scheduled earnings conference call.

postPerspective has questions in with Autodesk asking how this restructuring will affect the media and entertainment side of its business. More to come…

Geoff Stedman on the evolving media storage landscape

Earlier this year, storage industry vet Geoff Stedman came on board as senior VP of Quantum’s StorNext solutions product portfolio. You might remember him from his many years at Omneon and then Harmonic after the company was acquired.

He spent seven years in total there before deciding to try something new: a role as VP of marketing for an enterprise IT storage company, Tintri. After two years the pull of the media and entertainment industry was just too much for him, and Stedman (pictured, above) returned.

Considering Stedman’s background and unique perspective — taking a break from an industry he knows so well and looking at it with a new set of eyes — we decided to pick his brain a bit about storage technology and where it’s headed into the future.

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Sohonet names Chuck Parker executive chairman

London and LA-based Sohonet, a broadband service provider for the TV, film, audio and media industries, has hired Chuck Parker as executive chairman. Parker comes to Sohonet following the acquisition of Unicorn Media (a provider of cloud video ad insertion technology) by Brightcove (a global provider of cloud services for video). Parker was chief revenue officer at Unicorn and then VP of global media sales at Brightcove. For the past year, has has been fulfilling non-executive chairman duties on the Sohonet board.

Previously, Parker spent 15 years at Technicolor where he fulfilled a variety of roles, including chief commercial officer, president of Technicolor’s Broadcast and Digital division and EVP/managing director of Technicolor’s International Home Entertainment division. Parker is also currently the chairman of the 2nd Screen Society, a digital video industry body he founded in 2012.

According to Sohonet CEO Dave Scammell, “Over the past year, [Chuck] has proven to be invaluable in his insight on the industry, and his drive and passion for the business is infectious. As we expand our renowned Sohonet Media Network (SMN) further into the cloud and grow our range of specialist, media-aware IaaS offerings, Chuck will drive these new offerings to market and ensure they are well tuned to the needs of our expanding client base.”

Sohonet recently expanded its Sohonet Media Network to a growing number of cloud providers, including AWS, Google and Softlayer, creating a “fast lane” to the cloud by providing speedy access and reduced charges for all SMN clients. In the last 12 months, the company has expanded services to customers in Singapore, Montreal, Atlanta, Manchester and Amsterdam, and increased its client base in Vancouver, New York and core locations of London, Sydney and LA.

“Sohonet is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the media industry’s continuing demand for better, secure solutions to manage its valuable and ever growing digital assets,” says Parker.

Molly Connolly joins AMD’s pro graphics team

By Randi Altman

Austin, Texas — Industry vet Molly Connolly has landed at AMD as Senior Business Development Manager, Global DCC Market – Professional Graphics.

Many of you might remember Connolly from her days at HP where she held many strategic roles at HP in business development and marketing, focusing on media and entertainment/DCC, virtualization, cloud solutions and strategic alliances with global system integrators and cloud ISVs.

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NetApp and Tekserve reach out to M&E community in NYC

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NEW YORK — Over the last 30 days, NetApp has been meeting casually with users and potential users on both coasts. During SMPTE in Los Angeles, they hosted a dinner with CTO/engineers from a variety of large post houses and film studios.

Last week in New York City, they held a cocktail party in conjunction with Tekserve (www.tekserve.com) – the goal was to talk about technology and the needs of the user. Techie types from HBO, Showtime, CBS Sports, Al Jazeera America, Prime Focus and others came together over food and drinks.

Tekserve, a leader in media and entertainment technology that provides workflow solutions and services to companies, is now offering NetApp (www.netapp.com) solutions to the market. “NetApp has a well-deserved reputation for performance and reliability in enterprise storage. We are excited to introduce their new products to the post production and broadcast community in the New York area,” says Tekserve CTO Aaron Freimark.

Jason Danielson, media and entertainment solutions, at NetApp, says, “Tekserve complements NetApp’s media storage portfolio with their trusted expertise at building production SANs combined with their practice in large-scale mobile device roll-outs. We look forward to a successful partnership.”

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