PixStor with Excelero NVMesh® for 8K Workflows and Beyond
That revolution is NVMe, the astonishingly fast interface protocol that bypasses legacy storage bottlenecks, getting data directly to servers and high-end workstations with no speed bumps. But left on their own, local workstation NVMe drives are under-utilized, non-redundant and individually managed. Pixit Media PixStor with Excelero NVMesh takes NVMe drives in individual servers, or dedicated storage servers, and virtualizes them into aggregated volumes that can be rapidly accessed as a shared resource by multiple clients over simple Ethernet. Excelero NVMesh with PixStor uniquely delivers centralized management, redundancy and high utilization rates, while maintaining local NVMe performance.
A Single Namespace with Extreme Performance
Editing, finishing and VFX applications can now enjoy the low latency, high throughput and IOPS of a local NVMe device while getting the benefits of centralized, redundant storage. The combined Pixit Media PixStor and Excelero NVMesh solution provides a single namespace for applications that demand extreme performance. As shown below, a near-line tier can be added using traditional storage arrays with PixStor’s data placement policy engine to automatically tier data to lower cost storage for high capacity requirements – with workflows extending to the cloud.
Pixit Media Excelero Single Namespace 8K+ Cloud Integrated Architecture
Bypass storage server bottlenecks to deliver the highest possible performance, accelerating uncompressed 8K and beyond workflows
Software Defined Future-Proof Architecture
Studios can keep up with ever-expanding resolution, frame-rate and color depths though incremental improvements in commodity server, network and NVMe storage technology over time “for free”, without having to disruptively tear out proprietary hardware and start again
Maximum Throughput to a Single Client
Over 20 GB/s single stream performance to a workstation or server over Ethernet
Super Simple Hardware
PixStor and NVMesh use off the shelf commodity hardware with no bespoke components
Performance Scales Linearly
Aggregate performance scales linearly by simply adding more NVMesh target nodes and NVMe drives
Near Zero Overhead
There is almost zero overheard on either the client or NVMesh target server delivering the performance to the client, leaving CPU and memory almost 100% available for applications
Removing Legacy Bottlenecks to Deliver Maximum Performance
PixStor Excelero NVMesh volumes are served out over 100 Gb Ethernet, through standard 100 GbE Mellanox Spectrum Ethernet switches. With Excelero NVMesh, there are no bottlenecks from RAID controllers or proprietary hardware. With all those legacy layers removed, all that remains is the raw speed of the NVMe SSD, the speed of the PCI bus on the server and the speed of the network connection.
Low Power and Space Needs
Performance rates as high as 40 GB/s per U of rack space, important in M+E environments where space and power are often expensive and in short supply
Data Placement Policy Engine
Unique to PixStor with Excelero is the ability to intelligently tier data to lower cost storage automatically based on policy
Easy Setup and Management
Setting up NVMesh is simple with automated deployment as part of the PixStor stack and an intuitive GUI enhances the management experience
Readily Support Future Workflows
Be ready for the future by harnessing the power of a hardware agnostic strategy – driving down costs and enabling enduring flexibility
Compute Resources Go to Applications, Not Storage
Other NVMe solutions force the computation overhead of the volume placement on the client itself, providing lots of performance, but little resource left for applications to do anything with that performance
No More Barriers
From a reliability and performance perspective, the shackles are off, PixStor with NVMesh has removed all barriers to delivering performance at scale
Linearly Scalable Aggregate Performance
Aggregate performance scales linearly by simply adding more NVMesh target nodes and NVMe drives. The table shows what can be achieved in terms of stream counts from a typical 3 NVMesh target starter configuration (60 GB/s), which can fit in as little as 2U of rack space.
A Completely Software Defined Future-Proof Architecture
PixStor with Excelero is deployed on software-defined, open standard hardware, with no vendor lock-in, and includes most data protection services at no extra charge – providing media organizations economic advantage and more purchasing power, now and in the future. Being completely software defined, Studios investing in the Pixit Media Excelero solution can keep up with ever-expanding resolution, frame-rate and color depths though incremental improvements in commodity server, network and NVMe storage technology over time, without having to disruptively tear out proprietary hardware and start over.