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Tiger Technology Introduces New File Sequence Optimizer to Streamline DI Workflow

Announces release 2.1 of its flagship MetaSAN software (February 09, 2006)

Tiger Technology GmbH (www.tiger-technology.com), developer of high performance, affordable storage area networking (SAN) management software solutions, today announced that release 2.1 of its flagship MetaSAN software consolidates its technological leadership position by introducing an innovative File Sequence Optimizer and a high-performance Dynamic Disk Optimizer, in addition to offering support for Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.


File Sequence Optimizer - for Windows and Linux operating systems
3D animators, colorists, and special effects artists working on digital intermediates using image file sequences are confronted daily with significant performance problems as the large number of individual files they use quickly clutters their disks.

"A huge amount of time is wasted in post-production facilities worldwide de-fragmenting terabytes of storage weekly" says Alexander Lefterov, CTO and co-founder of Tiger Technology "our technology dramatically increases streaming and editing performances of large image file sequences by transparently storing multiple images inside a single packed file, thereby eliminating problems associated with disk fragmentation."


Any image file type can be packed using the Tiger Technology's File Sequence Optimizer (DPX, TGA, JPG, BMP, TIF, etc.). Files that match a given pattern (number of digits and file extension) are packed together. A typical pack holds 100 frames. Multiple packs are created as needed to accommodate very large image sequences. The operation remains fully transparent to the user.


Dynamic Disk Optimizer - for Windows operating systems
"Reading and writing performances are optimal when application's accesses and disk data chunks match in size and are fully aligned. Unfortunately, the formatting options available to the users under Windows are very limited." explains Lefterov, "We developed a RAID and Stripe Set Optimizer utility that lets users align disk chunk sizes when formatting their drives with the application's reading pattern. As a result, we have observed performance gain exceeding 50% on storage units used in facilities."


Mac OS X Tiger support
The legion of Final Cut Pro users that have been waiting for an alternative to Apple Xsan will be pleased to know that the MetaSAN port over to Mac OS X Tiger is now completed. "Between its Panther and Tiger releases, Apple has made many significant changes - mostly undocumented - to its file system. This gave us, and a number of other storage-related manufacturers a lot of grief," notes Lefterov. "But unless Apple goes through another round of significant changes, we should be able to catch up with their subsequent releases much faster, like we've always done!"


Report from the field
"MetaSAN is the ideal SAN management solution for Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and Gigabit Ethernet networks." highlights Jörg Hoffman of PSIBER GmbH "In the past 30 days, we have successfully completed two complex SAN integrations that involved a mix of Apple OS-X and Windows workstations. MetaSAN was chosen over Apples's Xsan because it not only allowed us to save money, but also fulfilled all the demands for performance, features, and reliability that demanding video professionals have come to expect. So far, we have tested MetaSAN with Huge MediaVault and Fibrenetix Storage systems, Qlogic SANBox switches, and Atto Celerity host bus adapters and have never experienced any compatibility issues."


About MetaSAN
MetaSAN is a comprehensive, time-proven, high-speed file sharing SAN management software solution that sets new standards for workgroup collaboration. MetaSAN enables multiple users to share access to common data files in workgroups where heavy bandwidth requirements are the norm. Targeted to the needs of digital content creation professionals involved with the creation of animation, digital intermediates, audio, graphics, satellite imagery, video clips, etc., as part of the production process, the software also meets the needs of a wide range of enterprise users in other markets including imaging, digital prepress and corporate/government.

MetaSAN is fully compatible with leading standard applications including Adobe Digital Video Collection and Apple Final Cut Pro. In addition, the Avid Unity MediaFile virtualization feature enables efficient collaboration among multiple users of Avid software. MetaSAN also supports leading vendors of SAN technology including ADTX, Atto, IBM, Cirprico/Huge Systems, Emulex, LSI, Qlogic and Seagate.

Tiger Technology MetaSAN coupled with MetaLAN provides the very best that SAN and NAS architectures have to offer. Tiger Technology turns a simple gateway server into an extremely cost effective, high performance, and scalable NAS-like cluster capable of advanced features such as cross-platform support, 24/7 failover, and load balancing while allowing the performance of multiple cost-effective servers to be aggregated together.


Pricing and Availability
MetaSAN and MetaLAN support Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. MetaSAN licenses are priced at $995.00 USD. MetaLAN licenses are priced at $295.00 USD. Tiger Technology software products are currently available from the company's OEM partners and its international reseller representatives. For sales inquiries please email Tiger Technology at sales@tiger-technology.com. Additional information on the Tiger Technology product line is available at www.tiger-technology.com.


About Tiger Technology
Founded in 2003, Tiger Technology GmbH, is a privately held company based in Zurich, Switzerland, delivering new technologies and OEM solutions in the field of storage area networking. The company's flagship product MetaSAN builds upon years of SAN-related expertise and development to bring digital content creation and enterprise professionals involved with handling large bandwidth files a unique, cross-platform, hardware-agnostic, high-speed file sharing SAN management solution that sets new standards for workgroup collaboration and reliability.

For further information on Tiger Technology please visit www.tiger-technology.com.

 


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Related Keywords:Tiger Technology, File Sequence Optimizer, MetaSAN, SAN, Dynamic Disk Optimizer, digital intermediat, colorists, special effects, storage, MetaLAN, NAS,

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