At Storage Vision 2012, coinciding with CES 2012, Active Storage announced the mMedia Platform with the mRAID and mVault. Active says “mMedia is more than a collection of components, it’s a complete media creation storage platform that stores and manages content from ingest to archive.”
mRAID – THE NEXT-GENERATION MEDIA-ENHANCED RAID PLATFORM
The mRAID looks very similar to the current Active RAID and utilizes the same Linux foundation but is “designed and specially-engineered to handle the next generation of Intel-based storage processors.” The mRAID features a “crossflow cooling design ensures that every component in the system receives equal airflow and cooling to eliminate hot spots and component failure.” The mRAID features a new Environmental processor or ENV. Active “did not want mRAIDs processor to be loaded down with was UPS control and environmental process handling.” The ENV “is a specialized processor that controls systems indicators, out-of-band communications with expansion systems, and UPS control.”
mVAULT – THE SCALABLE MEDIA ARCHIVE
“mVault is quite simply the very-high-density storage expansion component of the mMedia platform.” “When combined with mRAID, mVault can scale to Petabytes of near-line content archive. By deploying mVault, you will not only have “disk performance” from your archive, but at much lower cost and much smaller footprint than typical primary storage. And mVault is media savvy – its been optimized for content and so you can be sure of 100% compatibility and the performance needed to meet your media production needs.
mVault is not a replacement for off-site long term tape archive in all cases, but a fantastic complement. With mVault your content will be available nearly instantaneously as you need it.”