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Tiger Technology Releases MetaSAN 2.0

Latest version of hardware-agnostic file sharing software for DCC pros (November 17, 2004)

Tiger Technology GmbH, an established Swiss-based storage area networking (SAN) management software solutions provider, today announced availability of MetaSAN 2.0, the latest version in the companys flagship high-speed file sharing software line. MetaSAN 2.0 builds on its unique, production-proven, affordable and reliable approach to arbitrating data and offers extensive new productivity enhancements including cross-platform operating system support, per-node bandwidth allocation, Avid Unity MediaNet storage virtualization, native OS file system and rights management, and 24/7 mission-critical ready with true real-time failover capability. Industry firsts include multi-point gateway for seamless integration between SAN and local area networks (LANs). This feature enables network administrators to deploy high-performance and scalable workgroups using cost-effective LAN technologies while maintaining many of the key benefits of its SAN counterpart.

"The core technology behind MetaSAN builds upon years of development and a user base via our OEM partnerships of creative professionals worldwide who are grappling with heavy bandwidth workflow issues from editing stories in HD and other high resolution formats for on-air broadcast to facility-wide visual effects artists requiring seamless access to shared film assets," said Alexander Lefterov, co-founder, vice president of technology and CTO, Tiger Technology. "With the new capabilities in MetaSAN 2.0, we offer DCC professionals an unprecedented file sharing storage management solution that best exploits the latest SAN and LAN technologies and enables network administrators to tailor a multitude of environments based on throughput and particular workflow needs. The hardware-agnostic approach offers compatibility with multiple connectivity options fibre channel, SCSI, Ethernet, etc. This assures even small and medium sized enterprises access to the benefits of superior workgroup architectures in a high performance, fault-tolerant networking environment."


MetaSAN 2.0 Highlights
MetaSAN 2.0 features numerous new features and performance enhancements. Highlights of Version 2.0 include:


* Heterogeneous operating system support Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux users can now collaborate efficiently.
* Simultaneous high-speed file sharing allows multiple users to read and write to the same volume.
* Unique Avid Unity MediaNet storage virtualization enables efficient workgroup collaboration among multiple users of Avid software on Windows platforms.
* Native OS file system support preserves the integrity of NTFS and HFS+ file systems and simplifies SAN maintenance.
* Native OS access rights management no need to manage additional accounts and passwords for true file sharing.
* Per-node bandwidth allocation enables a prioritized and fair distribution of the available network bandwidth.
* Centralized management of SAN definitions simplifies SAN management by allowing global, as well as local SAN settings to be controlled from a single workstation.
* Soft-zoning enables the shared storage to be partitioned in a number of zones that permit the compartmentalization of data for increased security.
* 24/7 mission-critical ready accesses to SAN are fully redundant with true real-time failover capability.
* Multi-point gateway for LAN Tiger Technologys MetaLAN software a companion product to MetaSAN requiring separate licenses connects your enterprise LAN with your high-speed SAN while bringing many of the SAN benefits to your LAN.
* Affordable, time tested, field proven technology.


Endorsement for MetaSAN 2.0
Michio Fujii, chief executive officer and president of MIC Associates, Inc., an established Tokyo-based storage system integrator, has chosen Tiger Technology MetaSAN 2.0 as the storage management cornerstone for a news data acquisition storage system; which will be installed next month at one of the top five public universities in Japan.

"The HD uncompressed data on this project will be shared by Mac OS X and Windows workstations, which will be capturing and editing news data 24/365," said Fujii. "Following this, the contents will be delivered via a streaming format over IP to domestic and public portals. MetaSANs unique ability to allow multiple cross-platform users to share content and collaborate efficiently while maintaining very high bandwidth will afford us a highly efficient, reliable, centralized and secure storage solution."


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 by delivering a unique approach to arbitrating data that substantially enhances performance and reliability. Targeted to the needs of digital content creation professionals involved with the creation or modification 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.

While MetaSAN is a relatively new product to the market, the core technology inherent to its advanced architecture builds upon years of veteran industry developers expertise in storage area networking. Through Tiger Technologys original equipment manufacturing (OEM) partnerships, the product has been field-tested with an extensive user base of creative professionals worldwide that benefit from productivity gains in a superior fault-tolerant networking environment.

Available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, MetaSAN 2.0 innovates with true file sharing, native OS file system and access rights management, Avid Unity MediaFile virtualization, dynamic metadata master arbitration model, and seamless integration with LANs. These innovations ensure a perfectly transparent and reliable networked shared storage that can fuel the most creative environments, in addition to greatly reducing the cost of managing mission-critical resources.

MetaSAN 2.0 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 Atto, IBM, Emulex, LSI, Qlogic and Seagate.


How MetaSAN Works
MetaSAN 2.0 provides seamless access to users and applications of shared storage in a homogenous or cross-platform environment. Files located on the shared storage are available for all connected members directly over a wide variety of connectivity options, including fibre channel, SCSI and Ethernet. With MetaSAN, users can access shared storage the same way they normally would for any other local drive. In addition, they benefit from per-node bandwidth allocation and realtime failover capabilities. There is no need for special disk formatting or management utilities, or for creating or managing special user accounts. Network administrators simply use standard OS account management tools to grant or deny access to the individual users.


Pricing and Availability
MetaSAN 2.0 supports Mac OS X Panther or Mac OS X Panther Server; Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows XP/Server 2003 as well as RedHat Linux 8.0. MetaSAN 2.0 licenses are priced at $995.00 USD. MetaLAN 2.0 licenses are priced at $295.00 USD. Tiger Technology software products are currently available from the companys 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 companys 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, MetaSAN, MetaSAN 2.0, storage area network, SAN, file sharing, Avid Unity MediaNet, failover, LAN, Alexander Lefterov, MetaLAN, Michio Fujii, MIC Associates, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Digital Video Collection,

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