|[April 13, 2012]
Active Storage Announces New mSAN Metadata Controller for mMedia Platform
TORRANCE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Active Storage, the leader in high-performance storage solutions for
media and entertainment production, post and broadcast professionals,
today announced mSAN, the evolution of their high-performance metadata
controller at the heart of the mMedia Platform.
The new mSAN is an upgraded metadata controller appliance replacing
Active Storage's ActiveSAN. The new mSAN maintains all the features of
the popular ActiveSAN, and adds a number of customer-driven
enhancements, making it the best metadata controller ever developed. The
new mSAN features enhanced administration capabilities, the
groundbreaking mStats analysis software, automated metadata disk repair,
and the ability to host selected complementary applications. All current
ActiveSAN customers are eligible for a free upgrade to mSAN.
"mSAN is an evolutionary step forward, building on the industry-wide
success and adoption of ActiveSAN," said Alex Grossman, founder and
president of Active Storage, Inc. "It takes ActiveSAN from being a
straight-forward metadata controller appliance - to a metadata
controller with powerful application hosting capabilities; adding
critical media SAN applications while delivering tighter integration and
The new mSAN can now host applications from industry leaders such as
Levels Beyond and Archiware. The software is hosted directly on the mSAN
appliance pair to help end-users work efficiently, knowing that their
media workflow is running on a superbly integrated and supported
Latest Xsan and StorNext 4.2 Compatibility
mSAN is guaranteed to work with the latest versions of Xsan and StorNext
4.2 and is tuned to deliver the highest performance and utmost
reliability. Further, mSAN can import and take over Xsan environments
though a simple configuration import.
Enhanced Monitoring with mStats on mSAN
mSAN includes mStats, proprietary software which provides real-time
information and performance profiling metrics across the SAN and other
components of the mMedia Platform.
mStats helps take the guesswork out of finding performance bottlenecks -
allowing administrators to monitor not just a LUN or single RAID - but
all the components of the SAN, from pools of disks across multiple
systems, individual RAID controllers, Fibre channel ports, and servers
in the customer's deployed configuration. mStats enables administrators
to quickly and easily optimize their system, enjoy full load balancing
and enhanced efficiency to maximize performance and uptime.
With a single click, users can see critical information about the health
and status of their SAN environment such as throughput, controller
utilization, latency, and cache hit/miss ratio.
All mSAN systems are delivered in matched metadata controller pairs,
providing a fully redundant configuration right out of the box.
mSAN is integrated into the mMedia Platform, an end-to-end media
workflow storage platform that seamlessly integrates hardware and
software to tackle today's media storage and management workflow needs -
from ingest through archive.
Active Storage announced the mMedia Platform in January 2012, and is
shipping now to leading broadcast and post-production facilities around
The mMedia Platform will be demonstrated in-person at NAB (South Hall
Lower Level, Booth SL11512), April 16-19, 2012, Las Vegas, NV.
Pricing for the mSAN has been set at:
Supports up to 8 Xsan clients
$23,499 US MSRP
Supports up to 20 Xsan clients
$25,499 US MSRP
Supports unlimited Xsan clients
$28,999 US MSRP
Supports unlimited Xsan, Windows or Linux Quantum (News - Alert) StorNext® clients
$33,999 US MSRP
About Active Storage
Active Storage, Inc. provides innovative storage solutions for the
business and creative industries, with an emphasis on the
post-production, broadcast, publishing, education and science sectors.
Active Storage products deliver a best-of-breed user experience,
marrying award-winning industrial design, unmatched speed, reliability
and customer service. Ease of use and robust performance make Active
Storage the first choice for complex professional storage needs. To
learn more, visit: http://activestorage.com.
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