Colorfront Selects DVS-SAN with DataDirect Networks Components

In mid-July, Hungarian post production house Colorfront made a decision to acquire a 43-Terabyte DVS-SAN. This centralized storage system will provide the renowned post production house with extremely fast storage and administration capabilities for its resource-intensive projects. The customer settled for a massive-parallel DVS-SAN with DataDirect Networks (DDN) components. The system is the only one capable of handling six uncompressed 2K streams simultaneously in real time. With this version of its DVS-SAN, DVS achieves extremely high data rates while simultaneously fulfilling data security requirements by implementing a RAID-5 system.

43-Terabyte DVS-SANWith its DDN components, the DVS-SAN does not only achieve extremely high data rates. It also has an increased overall storage capacity in order to fulfill the customer requirements of enhanced performance and maximum safety against hard disk failure. With the integration of DDN, DVS is expanding its product portfolio to include a true enterprise-level solution in addition to its entry-level and mid-size storage systems. This enables DVS to meet customer requirements, such as those of Colorfront, with perfectly tailored products for both post production and broadcast.

DVS-SAN, the centralized storage solution by DVS, is equipped with state-of-the-art RAID controller technology and maximizes storage capacity and bandwidth. The DVS-SAN is ideal for collaborative DI workflows that require distributed storage combined with real-time access to SD, HD, 2K and 4K material. With its DVS Spycer® data management system, the DVS-SAN also features a high-performance toolkit for browsing and searching, for editing metadata, as well as for high-speed copying and defragmentation of data.

Markus Kohaupt, DVS Product Manager: “We enjoy using innovative methods to ensure optimum workflows for our customers. With DataDirect Networks, we have a highly reliable partner to support us in this effort. The decision of a renowned post production house such as Colorfront to go for one of our current DVS-SAN versions encourages us to continue pursuing the strategic expansion of our range of centralized storage solutions.”

“We’re pleased to partner with DVS in supplying them with our S2A (Silicon Storage Architecture) appliance technology for their DVS-SAN,” noted Paul Bloch, president of DataDirect Networks. “The S2A’s open real-time architecture enables their SAN solution to work with the many types of workstations and applications needed to create in real-time while elevating the performance of heterogeneous shared file systems within Fiber Channel fabrics. The DVS-SAN can now easily scale to handle the bandwidth and capacity intensive requirements needed in the 2K and 4K digital intermediate space, empowering true real-time collaborative workflows in digital post-production.”

Aron Jaszberenyi, Colorfront managing director commented: “We are developing our DI post production business into one of the leading facilities in Europe. To compete for the best work we need an efficient pipeline infrastructure based around fast and reliable storage. The DVS-SAN, equipped with DataDirect Networks components, provides us with the industry-leading performance we need moving ahead.”

About DVS
DVS Digital Video Systems GmbH is a premium manufacturer of high-quality hardware and software for professional film post production. Both CLIPSTER®, the company flagship, and Spycer®, the intelligent data manager, have won several prestigious awards. With its DI systems, DVS is the only company in the world that makes real-time 4K-processing possible. Thanks to DVS’s long experience in the field of post production, the company is optimally prepared for the switchover to HDTV in the broadcast sector, and is equally active in the D-Cinema arena – since 2007, all DVS products meet the required standards. In addition to the company headquarters in Hanover, DVS has branch offices in Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida, as well as Paris, France.

About DDN
DataDirect Networks is the leading provider of scalable storage systems for performance and capacity driven applications. DataDirect’s S2A (Silicon Storage Appliance) architecture enables modern applications such as video streaming, content delivery, modeling and simulation, backup and archiving, cluster and supercomputing, and real-time collaborative workflows that are driving the explosive demand for storage performance and capacity. DataDirect’s S2A technology and solutions solve today’s most challenging storage requirements, including providing shared, high-speed access to a common pool of data, minimizing data center footprints and storage costs for massive archives, reducing simulation computational times, and capturing and serving massive amounts of digital content.

About Colorfront
Colorfront is one of Europe’s leading digital intermediate and post production facilities, based in Budapest, Hungary. The company was founded by brothers Mark and Aron Jaszberenyi, who together played a pivotal role in the emergence DI, as the original authors of Lustre, Autodesk’s best-selling DI grading system. Combining this in-depth expertise, with a pedigree in the development of additional cutting-edge software for color enhancement and dust-busting, Colorfront offers today’s most advanced technologies for scanning and recording, DI grading, conforming, digital dailies, VFX, online and offline editing, cinema sound mixing, mastering and deliverables.