Enterprise storage provider Dot Hill Systems and 3D engineering and video software maker Autodesk are joining forces for new-generation media and entertainment hardware-software packages.
The two companies announced June 15 that Dot Hill's high-end Ultra56 4004 AssuredSAN array has been added to Autodesk's list of storage options for media and entertainment applications. The Autodesk apps handle such heavy-duty tasks as video post-production workflows, video editing and composition, and video layering.
The deal means a potential customer of Autodesk software will be provided with a list of preferred hardware solutions that will include the Dot Hill array, which can handle up to 15 streams of video in a single workflow.
Dot Hill's system can store up to 1.5 petabytes of high-resolution video in a single array, now a basic requirement for the movie and video industry. Dot Hill claims that the Ultra56 4004 AssuredSAN contains 2.3 times the capacity per rack unit than a standard Dot Hill chassis configuration.
As more and more movies and enterprise videos move to 3D formats, the demand for new-gen storage systems that can automate these heavy workflows is increasing. 3D video can be as many as 10 times heavier and more complex than standard high-definition video.
The Ultra56 AssuredSAN 4004 can stream up to 6,400 MB/s, or four 4K uncompressed streams of DPX 10-bit RGB video content. The Ultra56 AssuredSAN 4004 addresses 10-bit 444 RGB uncompressed HD video workflows by supporting multiple edit suites with up to 15 simultaneous streams, Dot Hill said.
Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 storage systems deliver high performance for sequential workloads required in deadline-driven work. AssuredSAN 4004 models can sustain multiple simultaneous streams of HD, UHDTV—and even 4K compressed and uncompressed media—enabling management of large media sets and complex workflows from acquisition to distribution.
Dot Hill, based in Longmont, Colo., formerly was a white-label storage software provider for Sun Microsystems and other top-line storage makers. It has had its own brand for several years.