Following its launch at IBC 2018, Rohde & Schwarz is now shipping its new media storage system, R&S SpycerNode.

R&S SpycerNode uses the latest advances in High Performance Computing (HPC). HPC is a combination of hardware, file system and RAID approach. HPC employs redundancy using software “RAID” technologies called erasure coding in combination with declustering to increase overall performance and reduce rebuild times. Also, system scalability is almost infinite and expansion is possible during operation.

Rupert Watson, Sales Director, Production and Post Production at R&S reseller Jigsaw24 said: “The most compelling aspect of R&S SpycerNode is its building-block characteristics. It provides the ability to build a single global name space with different speeds of storage node. Due to the flexibility of the product line we will be offering R&S SpycerNode to all our high-performance video editing customers.”

R&S SpycerNode features Rohde & Schwarz‘s device manager web application which helps to reduce setup times and simplifies maintenance and service due to its intuitive web-based UI operated through a single client.

It features data protection systems based on erasure coding and declustering. Declustering is a part of the data protection approach of HPC setups (formerly known as RAID). It is software based and in comparison to a traditional RAID setup the spare disk is spread over all other disks and is not a dedicated disk. This will decrease rebuild times and reduce performance impact. Also, there are no limitations with the RAID controller, which results in much higher IOPS (Input/Output operations per second).

The system comes in multiple 2U and 5U chassis designs, which are available with NL-SAS HDD and SAS SSDs in different capacities. An additional 2u24 chassis design is a pure flash system. There are main processor units and JBOD units. A main unit is always redundant, equipped with two appliance controllers (AP). Each AP features two 100 Gbit interfaces resulting in four 100 Gbit interfaces per main unit.

The 2u system represents a compact, lightweight unit that is ideal for application within mobile productions as well as offering a very dense, high speed storage device for on-premise applications. A larger 5u system offers large-scale storage facilities on-premise within broadcast production centres and Post facilities.

Staff Reporter