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OpenDrives Announces New Software Features For Its Open Ecosystem Solution

by Harold Fritts

OpenDrives announced its latest software features as part of its Open Ecosystem solution. The Open Ecosystem bridges software, hardware, and services to facilitate workflows and workloads requiring flexibility, modularity, and scalability with a vendor-agnostic framework. At the heart of the solution is Atlas Core, the centralized hub for accessing, managing, and moving data with a single pane of glass administrative view.

OpenDrives announced its latest software features as part of its Open Ecosystem solution. The Open Ecosystem bridges software, hardware, and services to facilitate workflows and workloads requiring flexibility, modularity, and scalability with a vendor-agnostic framework. At the heart of the solution is Atlas Core, the centralized hub for accessing, managing, and moving data with a single pane of glass administrative view.

OpenDrives leverages open protocols and standards to future-proof the entire data lifecycle, regardless of size, scale, or location. The integration with solutions partners, including Creative Mobile Solutions (CMSI), EVS, Western Digital, and Signiant, provides the resources for the Open Ecosystem to liberate data.

Chief strategy and operations officer at OpenDrives Sean Lee said:

“The true value of data materializes when users and applications are actively working with it, so it’s critical to move data rapidly to the right users and apps upon request. Whether it’s high-volume live broadcasting workflows to the tune of petabytes for millions of global viewers or data-intensive workloads to accommodate a large user base in a primarily remote-first enterprise, our ‘Open Ecosystem’ was created to unlock data’s true value.”

Open Ecosystem Unlocks Enterprise-Scale Data Storage Functionality

OpenDrives has scaled from providing network-attached-storage (NAS) solutions rooted in media and entertainment to powering the Open Ecosystem built for enterprise-scale general-purpose IT. Previewed at NAB Show 2022, the full-suite solution now includes:

  • Atlas Core: The underlying software functionality powers multi-vendor, multi-cloud solutions with a seamless framework that quickly and easily connects partner solutions.
  • Atlas Cloud Plus: A managed service solution for enterprises needing to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy to accelerate workloads in the cloud without the operational headaches.
  • Ultra Hardware Platform: The scale-up, scale-out storage is built to match individual complexities and performance demands with a 2U form factor.

New Software Capabilities with S3 Sharing, SMB and NFS and Containerization

OpenDrives also announced the release of new capabilities behind the latest software features from Atlas Core, including:

S3 Shares: Create a local or distributed file system and then serve the filesystem as an S3 bucket endpoint; applications and clients can share the same data in the same filesystem using object and file protocols.

Templates for SMB and NFS Shares: Specify customizations for SMB/NFS shares to suit any environment and speed up deployment of any future provisioning.

Mount Management: Access or reshare files or remote systems through common open protocols such as NFS, SMB, USB, and S3. S3 cloud partnerships allow customers to select AWS, SpectraLogic Black Pearl, or Wasabi.

SED Management: Take control of security measures with total management of self-encrypting drives with Atlas support of TCG standards, including Enterprise and Opal2.

Expanded Containerization: Choose from a growing, open marketplace of pre-configured, containerized applications. Hashicorp Vault (cloud security automation), Archiware P5 (archive, backup, and cloning), and Resilio (real-time syncs) have been added.

New HD/HDX Modules: High-density modules add powerful options to the stack when massive scale and cost efficiency are a priority. Available with OpenDrives Optimum and Momentum hardware series.

Cluster Management: Experience expanded clustering and management abilities for any scale-out and/or high-availability requirements.

Data Storage Management in Action for Large-Scale Live Broadcasting

For a major sports network, a rapid shift to IP, remote-first workflows, and 4K and 8K has put heavy demands on workflows. OpenDrives provided the data framework to streamline this shift. The Open Ecosystem drives connections between multiple vendor applications that leverage open standards and protocols within a sophisticated workflow and provide speed and simplicity to guarantee a seamless live broadcasting experience.

The Fox Sports network has tripled throughput rates when switching to the Open Ecosystem for NASCAR. Capital and operational expenditures dropped when combining software integrations, such as containerization and virtualization, with 2U form factor hardware. They recently tested the Open Ecosystem for its United States Football League (USFL) reboot and will implement the system at scale for Qatar 2022.

OpenDrives Primes Enterprise for Unfettered Data Movement and Access

OpenDrives is evolving past a singular focus on engineering highly performant on-premises storage toward a broader emphasis on creating software-based solutions that facilitate unfettered movement and access of data between and across data environments. OpenDrives is building out its vision for an entire data environment designed around open standards and open integration: the Open Ecosystem.

To learn more about OpenDrives and its Open Ecosystem, visit opendrives.com. For a live or remote demo, email [email protected].

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