EFS 450 is designed to meet demanding bandwidth, storage capacity, fault-tolerance and management requirements of large-scale workgroups and media operations. A 3-node, 96TB entry-level cluster provides over 2.3GB/s of bandwidth and its native XOR protection will tolerate the loss of an entire storage node. Bandwidth and capacity are expanded linearly by simply plugging in additional storage nodes to reach over 5PB of capacity.
While being expanded, an EFS 450 can continue to support production while background processes distribute data to newly-added nodes. Thanks to its RAM-based EFS Metadata servers, the EFS 450 insures that Reads and Writes are processed quickly. Our unique SwiftRead feature manages resource contention that arises in shared storage environments to prevent dropped frames on ingest and playout operations. Lastly, two or more metadata servers can be paired to create a true high- availability environment.
The metadata controller comes as 2U rack mountable chassis and provides high availability to an EFS Workgroup and operates as the traffic management system, controlling and distributing data across the EFS Parallel files system on all nodes, confirming that no single point of failure occurs. A second metadata controller can be added to the primary to provide total redundancy, ensuring that facilities in mission critical environments need never skip a beat. Adding a metadata controller to an EFS workgroup enables a facility to grow up to 5PB – within a single EFS Namespace.