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PRO IDC

Independent Dual Controller
PRO IDC

Independent Dual Controller

PRO IDC backsideThe most capable 4Gb Fibre Channel storage system yet from the Dulce family. The PRO IDC is designed for high-end and high expectations. Dual high-end RAID controllers, hot swappable 3.5” disk drives, redundant hot swappable power supplies, redundant hot swappable cooling fans are but the many exciting features of the PRO IDC.

The sixteen hot swappable drive bays can be pre-populated with our in-house certified SAS or SATA disk drives. To satisfy extreme performance demands, the PRO IDC uses the optional SAS drives to ensure maximum production bandwidth, but the more economical SATA drives are also fully capable of real-time real-world workload requirements.

The entire system is guarantied to perform in a high-demanding post production and content creative workflow.

Impressive Data Throughput

AJA test resultsA single PRO IDC are fitted with two high-end swappable RAID controllers, each controller manages 8 drives and each controllers has two 4Gb Fibre Channel ports, totaling 4 Fibre Channel port. When all 4 ports are used in an OS supported Multipathing I/O configuration such as the MacOS, an impressive set of data rates can be realized on a Mac Pro or a modern Windows computer:

840MB/sec write
970MB/sec read.

In a direct attached configuration, 1 port of each controller striped will produce 720MB/sec, this is when the two controllers are striped together using the Mac OS tool. Unstriped each controller as it’s individual LUN the numbers are 359MB/sec write and 379MB/sec read.

With 2 PRO IDC used - which is often found in a SAN configuration, an even more impressive set of number are produced: 1090MB/sec write and 1281MB/sec. These numbers are demonstrated in capable of supporting multiple real-time streams of HD uncompressed and even 2k DPX film.

Superb SAN Performance

PRO IDC is the perfect choice for Xsan or any shared storage environments. One large storage pool let multiple artists work on the big project at the same time and all of them collaborate seamlessly.

The PRO IDC can handle multiple streams of real-time playback and record, see the tables below for examples of 2 PRO IDC and 1 PRO IDC in a shared environment.

For ultimate performance demands, the PRO IDC with optional SAS drives will provide maximum bandwidth. A very high-end 3 simultaneous sessions of 2k DPX playback and record can be achieved.

Final Cut Pro

SAS drives

Real-time

Workstation #1

Workstation #2

Bandwidth

 

 

 

 

 

2 PRO IDC

7

4 streams
HD 10-bit

3 streams
HD 8-bit

975MB/sec

 

 

 

 

 

1 PRO IDC

6

4 streams
HD 10-bit

2 streams
SD 10-bit

679MB/sec

 

 

 

 

 


2K Film (DPX files)

SAS drives

Real-time

 

 

Bandwidth

 

 

 

 

 

2 PRO IDC

3

1 record and 2 play
or all 3 play or 2 record.

882MB/sec

 

 

 

 

 

1 PRO IDC

2

1 record & 1 playback
 or 2 playbacks.

590MB/sec

 

 

 

 

 

In a price sensitive environment to keep the production costs down but without giving up workflow efficiencies, the PRO IDC fitted with the standard SATA drives will still provide an attractive cost / performance balance.

Final Cut Pro

SATA drives

Real-time

Workstation #1

Workstation #2

Bandwidth

 

 

 

 

 

2 PRO IDC

6

3 streams
HD 10-bit

3 streams
SD 10-bit

551MB/sec

 

 

 

 

 

1 PRO IDC

3

2 streams
HD 10-bit

1 stream
HD 10-bit

472MB/sec

 

 

 

 

 


2K Film (DPX files)

SATA drives

Real-time

 

 

Bandwidth

 

 

 

 

 

2 PRO IDC

2

2 record or 2 playback.

586MB/sec

 

 

 

 

 

1 PRO IDC

1

1 record or 1 playback.

293MB/sec

 

 

 

 

 

Xsan2 Test setup: One Server 10.5.5 with 4Gb dual port Apple FC card as Meta Data Controller, two Mac Pros with dual 4Gb FC cards, one with ATTO FC42ES other with Qlogic QLE2462. Qlogic 5800 8Gb Fibre Channel switch. One PRO FC with two SATA drives in RAID 1 as Meta Data Drive. PRO IDC populated with either 450GB SAS or 1TB SATA drives in RAID 5. Multipath I/O with all FC connections (4 each PRO IDC, 2 each Mac Pro, 2 each PRO FC Meta Data Drive).

Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 and 5.1.4, each video track (stream) 3-5 minutes in length. DPX test using frametest, 2k frame size, 24 fps, 43200 frames (1/2 hour). Bandwidth derived from sum of Activity Monitor readings.

Ordering Information

PRO IDC with generation 2 drive trays, 2 SFP, two 3-meter FC cable.

Capacity *
How much do I need?

Model

Part Number

Disks

7.2TB SAS

PFC-7.2

974-0720-1

16 x 450GB SAS

8TB

PFC-8

974-0800-1

16 x 500GB

16TB

PFC-16

974-1600-1

16 x 1TB

32TB

PFC-32

974-3200-1

16 x 2TB

 

* RAID 3/5 usable capacity will be 1 drive less of total, RAID 6 will be 2 drives less. Why?


 

Fibre Channel cable

SFP

 

3-meter

663-0300-0

664-0001-0

 

6-meter

663-0600-0

664-0001-0

 

 

 

Spare drive with tray

 

 

450GB SAS

939-0045-0

 

 

500GB

939-0050-0

 

 

1TB

939-0100-0

   

2TB

939-0200-0

 

 

 

 

Rackmount kit

 

 

26”

748-2601-1

 

 

 

Call 818-435-6007 or find a reseller

 

* RAID 3/5 capacity will be 12.5% less, RAID 6 will be 25% less. Why?

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Leopard Compatible

Works with Apple Xsan
Apple Xsan
Works with Tiger Technology
Tiger Technology metaSAN
Plus other Shared Storage Management software.

 Generation 2

PRO IDC uses the latest Generation 2 drive trays.
Generation 2 drive tray

Cooler

Generation 2 drive tray

Stronger

Features

Quad port 4Gb Fibre Channel Interface.

Two super fast Hardware RAID controller supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, JBOD.

Performance enhancement using MPIO (Multipath I/O) with supported OS.

3u rackmount - 16 Generation 2 hot swappable drive bays.

Cost effective built-in expansion. Daisy chain upto 3 PRO FXs each controller for a total of 128 drives.

RISC based hardware RAID controller with embedded RAID 6 XOR engine.

Pre-loaded with hot swappable 7200 RPM SATA or SAS high performance disk drives.

Instant Ready, no long format required.

SAN Ready. Compatible with Xsan, metaSAN and other share storage management software.

Final Cut Studio, Premiere Pro, Media Composer compatible.

ProRes 422, RED R3D & proxy, DV, DVCPRO HD, HDV, uncompressed SD/HD, 2k film formats.

Multiple real-time streams.

Built-in Ethernet management port.

Java based RAID Manager.

E-mail event notification.

Enclosure management.

Redundant hot swappable power supplies.

42 months warranty: Industry’s longest.

Systems Requirements

2/4/8Gb Fibre Channel interface on host computer or switch.

Apple: Mac Pro, Power Mac G5.

Windows-based compatible PC.

Apple OS 10.4 or higher, Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Server, Linux, Unix.

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