SIGGRAPH NEWS: Discreet, DataDirect Networks, SGI Develop Shared Storage Technology

Discreet announced at SIGGRAPH that it is developing a next-generation shared storage solution with DataDirect Networks and longtime partner Silicon Graphics. The high-performance Storage Area Network (SAN) is being designed to address the growing demand for more cost effective, real-time solutions capable of handling multi-user collaboration for 2K and 4K film projects, as well as high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) programming.

According to Discreet, the SAN will help post facilities manage the increasing complexity of post-production projects, and will also provide the necessary bandwidth to support the growing popularity of the digital intermediate process in feature film production.

Martin Vann, VP of worldwide sales and marketing for Discreet, comments, “Post-production companies lack a competitive, open solution that can handle uncompressed HD and film collaboration. Together, DataDirect Networks, SGI and Discreet are in a unique position to deliver the most cost-effective, high-performance SAN on the market.”

The new technology will be based on DataDirect Networks’ shared storage systems and the SGI InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS. DataDirect Networks is a leading provider of high-performance storage networking appliances, with more than 10 Petabytes of virtualized storage in use around the world. SGI says its CXFS filesystem is the highest-performing file system on the market, scalable to multiple real-time data-streams at both HDTV and 2K (2048×1556) film resolutions.

SGI CXFS shared filesystem provides instant data sharing with no network mounts and no data copies, and supports the widest range of operating systems including Windows, OS X, IRIX and Linux.

Attendees at the SIGGRAPH 2004 conference in Los Angeles can see a technology demonstration of the SAN at the Discreet Booth (#1700). Pricing and availability have not been announced. The product is expected to ship this year. across all operating systems including Irix, Linux, Windows and OS X.”