Making its Mark

Since 2008, Accusys has designed and developed an entirely new out-of-the-box family of high performance storage and switch products based on PCIexpress as the core technology for data transport. Beginning with DAS (Direct Attached Storage) products based on PCIe1.1, to switch products that allowed 12 client workstations to share storage at speeds exceeding Fibre channel storage capabilities at the time, Accusys is an innovator of the first order. Initial products transferred data at 10Gb/s based on PCIe1.1 technology. The 10Gb/s data pipe is available to each client workstation as well as to/from PCIe RAID storage. Currently Accusys is shipping a broad line of high speed, expandable PCIe2.0 storage and switch products called ExaSAN. PCIe 2.0 protocol supports 20Gb/s speeds allowing a single ExaSAN 12-bay RAID to provide 1200 MB/s speeds to connected client workstations in a PCIe SAN (Storage Area Network) or in DAS.

Providing a high-speed hardware platform was is only the beginning. To make shared storage easy to setup and use, and accessible to the small and medium post and production shops, Accusys determined that SAN management software tuned for the ExaSAN PCI express switch products would fulfill the necessary needs. So in 2012, Accusys developed and introduced SANit 2, its own SAN management software and bundled it with a MDC (Meta Data Controller) integrated into a 1U rackmount PCIe2.0 based 16-port (12 client + 4 storage) switch named the SWF16 V2.

Simple Collaborative Workflows

ExaSAN SWF16 V2 is the newest member of the PCIe 2.0 switch family. With 16 ports, it allows up to 12 clients to share over 700 terabytes of storage for efficient, productive, and collaborative workflow. 4 ports are allocated for ExaSAN storage systems such as the 2U, 12-bay, A12S2-PS and JBODs. SWF16 V2 provides 20Gb/s of bandwidth to each client, and 20Gb/s to each storage port through the 20Gb/s QFSP connections. The maximum capacity that can be shared to the 12 clients is 768TB using 4TB HDDs, making it the largest PCIe2.0 based SAN available.

Buy It. Install it. Set It Up . Start Collaborating!

Accusys’ new SWF16 V2 PCIe ExaSAN switch provides 12 client ports and 4 storage ports all with 20Gb/s connections to the switch. Making the SWF16 V2 unique is the fact that a MDC host with mirrored SATA2 disk integrated into the 1U rackmount switch. In addition, a 6 seat SANit license bundle is included effectively providing a discount of 30% compared to individual seat licenses. Setting up a ExaSAN has never been easier. With a few simple configurations on each client, your clients can begin taking advantage of and receive benefits of sharing storage.

Cost Effective, Purpose Built, Scalable Video SAN Solution- ExaSAN

Many post-production workgroups, as frame sizes and the resultant asset files grow, realize the necessity for centralizing storage in a SAN. Centralizing storage reduces costs due to eliminating duplication of media assets/storage systems, eliminating time waiting for files, and managing staff managing storage. Traditional SANs based on Fibre channel are expensive and complex, hence a lot of training is required. ExaSAN SWF16 V2, with a limit on the number of clients, is not as scalable as Fibre channel, so setting it up and managing it is not so complicated. You do not require the services of a IT staffer or two with multiple certifications and salaries commensurate with the knowledge to design, configure, and install 2000TB of SAN storage. Consider the implications if a change in the workflow was required, under the time pressure of an excited director/producer. The SWF16 V2 was built to meet the needs of small and medium post and production shops to minimize setup time and costs and at the same time provide speed of storage common in the big post and production shops. In this way ExaSAN SWF16 V2 enables the small and medium post shops to compete for the same projects that the big shops routinely win.

Performance figures are based on simulated and calculated best case scenarios; please consult with our Accusys people or your system integrator to create the best possible DAS or SAN solution fit for your specific requirement.