Rohde & Schwarz - SpycerNode 2


Categories Storage

SpycerNode 2, introduced by Rohde & Schwarz, directly addresses the growing demand for expanded functionalities among users of media storage solutions. Building on the success of its predecessor, SpycerNode, this latest iteration is meticulously crafted to meet the evolving needs of users venturing into new areas of content storage. SpycerNode2 is built on IBM’s high performance computing technologies (HPC). Spectrum Scale RAID control and other functionality in SpycerNode2 is built into a redundant pair of external 1U servers, boosting performance by as much as 50% in demanding 4k applications. VSA (virtual storage access) technology provides complete failover protection and 100% uptime uninterrupted data for direct attached and network users.

The controller also incorporates AWS S3 export protocols, making it simple to integrate SpycerNode2 into hybrid storage and cloud tiering systems. Each 1U controller includes space for up to eight NVM Express plug-in drives. This provides very fast caching, in a function called Dynamic Media Cache. By reducing demand on the main storage, it ensures much better performance, particularly in busy post production environments. Seamless interworking with third-party post production software like Adobe and Avid editors is also available for even higher productivity.

Storage is completely modular, up to a total of 6.7 petabytes in a single SpycerNode2 node, and units can be networked together to provide larger capacities if required. Intelligently using every aspect of the hardware and software layers gives SpycerNode2 highly secure storage with zero downtime. Broadcast and post production facilities need to store large amounts of media, in a form which is fast, secure, and supporting large numbers of concurrent users. To meet this real need, Rohde & Schwarz has completely re-engineered its popular and proven SpycerNode platform, to create something that is significantly more powerful, practical and flexible. It takes standard components and operating level software and adds layers of application software that deliver the practical performance users require.