Dynamic Drive Pool (DDP)
Ethernet-based SAN shared storage offers unparallelled performance, is easy to use, and with a redefined Workflow Manager, is not just a shared storage solution, but a real solution for even the most complex video and audio workflows.
This year the new and ground breaking version of DDP OS V4 will be showcased, features unseen anywhere else, such as Volume2Folder2DriveGroup, the ability to handle multiple file systems, support for 40 GbE interface, multi-language support, SMB protocol enhancement, with up to 40% speed increase for Mac platform.
DDP has gained a revamped, web- based GUI for ease of use. New to the GUI are functions such as, Folder Volumes with Quotas, AVFS2NAS, Archiware P5 backup, Nagios integration, UPS manager, direct link to Raid Card, and many others.
Built-in notifications appear on the left panel for events, such as drive failure, volume check, and progress of backups. Uniquely, DDP has a built- in algorithm that can analyse and recognise the type of video stream, allowing the operator to see how many streams of each video type are currently running.
With the release of the new Workflow Manager, DDP features another innovation.
From within the DDP software you can create lists of users and groups of users. However, permissions can be assigned on a desktop level too. From here you can then assign users and groups to folder hierarchies within drives. The folder permissions assignable are read/write, drop box, read only, and read/write with no delete.
Crucially, Workflow Manager functions equally well in a heterogeneous Windows, Mac, and Linux environment.
The Workflow Manager was developed for audio and video, with the non-IT user in mind. There is no need for a complex Open Directory or Active Directory server and the technical overheads that go with it.
However, DDP V3 fully supports LDAP and AD/OD services. With this new functionality, it will enable enhanced workflow additions for applications like, Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, FCPX, Media Composer, Premiere, Prunus, Edius, Fairlight, Vegas, Softron, and many others.
Managing the workflow is important for every organisation, and with Workflow Manager it’s very easy.
When someone says “SAN”, the first thing that comes to mind is speed. DDP is even faster than Fibre Channel systems. It can use MCS (Multiple Connections per Session), its own technology to pair multiple 1 GbE or 10 GbE Ethernet lines.
Also, as AVFS drivers are installed, DDP controls desktops with Bandwidth Manager to provide QoS – Quality of Service. However, in large organisations, not everyone needs fast access, and sometimes administrators like to use NAS storage, without installing any software to client machines.
Now with DDP’s own AVFS2NAS module, you can use DDP volumes as NAS, with no need for any software installation.
What’s more, you can create users, assign permissions, and utilise Workflow Manager for folder access rights. So DDP can work equally well as SAN and/or NAS.