Facilis, which makes high-performance shared storage solutions, has partnered with ATTO Technology to integrate ATTO’s new Thunderlink NS 3252 Thunderbolt 3 to 25GbE adapter within the Facilis Hub shared storage platform. The solution provides flexible, scalable, high-bandwidth connectivity for Apple’s new Mac Pro, iMac Pro and Mac mini.
At IBC in Amsterdam, Facilis will demonstrate 4K and 8K editing workflows featuring their Hub shared storage platform with ATTO Celerity 32Gb and 16Gb Fibre Channel HBAs and FastFrame 25Gbps Ethernet. In addition, Facilis servers include 10GigE optical and copper ATTO HBAs as well as ATTO 12GB SAS internal and external interface cards. These technologies allow Facilis to create powerful solutions that fulfill a diverse set of customer connectivity needs and workflow demands.
Facilis has been beta testing the soon-to-be released ATTO 360 tuning, monitoring and analytics application, an Ethernet network optimization tool designed for creative professionals looking to unlock the potential of ATTO FastFrame and ThunderLink adapters.
“We’re very happy to expand our longstanding partnership with Facilis” says ATTO CEO Jeff Lowe. “The new Facilis Hub Shared Storage platform is a powerful storage solution for media professionals working in compressed and uncompressed high-resolution video finishing formats utilizing Ethernet, Fibre Channel or both.”
At the IBC show, Facilis will also show the newly shipped Facilis Hub shared storage system, and previews of version 8.0 Hub software management. Built as an entirely new platform, Facilis Hub represents the evolution of the Facilis shared file system with the block-level virtualization and multi-connectivity performance required for demanding media production workflows. Version 7.2 of the Facilis system software and FastTracker 3.0 are available now and included in all Hub systems.
ATTO, which provides storage, network connectivity and infrastructure solutions, is now offering XstreamCore storage controllers to add remote Fibre Channel or Ethernet connectivity to SATA optical disc and SAS LTO tape devices, including the newly available LTO-8 tape format. XstreamCore is designed to provide the benefits of remote access to direct attached storage (DAS) technologies as well as the connection of multiple devices to be shared by multiple clients.
XstreamCore is a rack-scale flash and capacity storage controller that bridges 12Gb and 6Gb SAS storage devices and SATA devices to share and remotely connect them to Fibre Channel or Ethernet networks. XstreamCore includes exclusive ATTO developed features including xCore data acceleration to rapidly move data, the eCore control engine to add services and management features to storage while not affecting performance and SpeedWrite, a tape and optical performance feature that significantly boosts write-performance by effectively managing commands between attached clients and tape and optical devices.
By directly being able to connect up to 16 SATA optical or SAS tape drives with the possibility of additional drives being connected through SAS expanders, XstreamCore enables a lower cost of ownership versus native Ethernet or Fibre Channel tape devices. Fewer switch ports are required when using XstreamCore and power, cooling, cabling and weight requirements can be better managed as the ATTO controller allows separation of racks of client servers, storage and archive devices. ATTO XstreamCore FC 7500 currently supports connectivity for SAS tape devices and SATA optical devices to Fibre Channel connected servers or fabrics. ATTO Ethernet to SAS controllers will be available in early 2018 to support connectivity for these devices to Ethernet connected servers or fabrics.
ATTO Technology has added a new quad-port host bus adapter (HBA) to its Fibre Channel portfolio. The ATTO Celerity 32Gb Gen 6 FC-324E HBA will enable companies to use their existing storage area network infrastructure and address the growing need for high-performing, scalable and secure storage. Celerity is intended to support exponential data growth in applications such as 4K/8K editing and high-performance computing and data warehousing, along with the proliferation of virtualized servers and flash arrays.
According to ATTO, the 32Gb HBAs support data throughput of 3,200 MB/s per channel, maximizing the number of virtual machines per physical server. With 16 PCIe bus connections and four 32 Gb/s Fibre Channel ports, the FC-324E eliminates the bottlenecks created by I/O data-intensive applications.
With data centers moving to all-flash arrays, there’s a need to drive greater performance to more solid-state drives. Having four Fibre Channel ports in a single PCIe slot ensures high-density connectivity at the highest available performance for up to 1.2 GB/s throughput, making it well suited for environments that rely on next-generation, flash-based storage.
Celerity 32Gb HBAs also make it possible to increase the distance between servers and storage. Because they support more data in flight, users can extend their connection up to 10 kilometers without degrading throughput in demanding long-distance applications, such as a stretch cluster.
The ATTO Gen 6 line includes Celerity 32Gb and 16Gb HBAs in low-profile single-, dual- and now quad-port full-height versions. All versions are backward-compatible and take advantage of advancements in reliability and forward error correction to improve network performance and resiliency.
Celerity 32Gb Gen 6 quad-port FC-324E HBAs are available now.