Increasing demands for High Resolution Media
High-resolution capturing solutions are in demand across many industries and professions; and not just those focused on journalism, art and entertainment. High-resolution imaging systems are of critical importance for many scientific and medical applications, such a treatment and study of cancer and contagious disease, space and deep-sea exploration, automated manufacturing systems, and a slew of military/defense applications including satellite and drone technology.
Media Capture Hardware Platforms
Many professional grade media capturing systems utilize a range of recording devices linked to a host-system/server using an ethernet based network. Footage (video/audio) captured by these devices is then transferred to the system’s storage solution (which may be separate from the server hardware), via a second network connection. As such, storage solutions employed by media capture system must be able to keep pace with the entire network infrastructure, and may be called upon to fulfill multiple roles, such as that of a recording device, asset library and active workspace.
A wide range of media, scientific and industrial workflows rely on high-resolution media capturing systems. Such platforms require compact, fast and dense storage solutions capable of keeping pace with high-speed networking infrastructure.
Ultra-high resolution electronic microscopes require compact, high-performance storage media to record footage for study and analysis. These solutions often require cameras (both still and video) capable of recording at 24 megapixels or more, at 1500 frames per second. In many cases, an external storage solution is preferred, as it enables footage to be quickly offloaded, duplicated, and easily moved from the lab to the workstation, or even from one facility to another. Modern electron microscopy solutions require a high level of transfer performance and storage capability; upwards of 8,000MB/s and 32TB of capacity for single low-dose EM station. HighPoint’s SSD7120 4-Port U.2/U.3 AIC and SSD6540 series of NVMe RAID enclosures have been successfully deployed for such applications.
HighPoint NVMe RAID Solutions for High-Resolution Media Capture
HighPoint NVMe solutions are ideal for high-performance media capture applications, and are available for each networking tier. They offer substantial advantages over traditional SAS/SATA based storage solutions, especially in terms of performance and packaging, and are no longer limited to specialized platforms or applications. NVMe SSDs are now the default option for many, if not most factory-made computing platforms, and serve as both the boot drive and secondary storage device. As a result, NVMe SSDs are now common place, and are increasingly affordable, more reliable and faster than ever. The blazing speed, high level of reliability, and compact form factor make NVMe based storage devices ideal for high-resolution 4K & 8K media capture solutions.
HighPoint AIC RAID Solutions
It is important to remember that the transfer rates associated with each network tier refers to the sequential write performance of the storage solution. The number shown refers to the maximum score attained using the maximum number of disks configured into a RAID 0 array (which is typical for most NVMe-based capture solutions). Long term write performance will vary depending on the duration of the capture session and total disk space required.
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HighPoint NVMe RAID Solutions for High-Resolution Media Capture
HighPoint NVMe solutions are ideal for high-performance media capture applications, and are available for each networking tier. They offer substantial advantages over traditional SAS/SATA based storage solutions, especially in terms of performance and packaging, and are no longer limited to specialized platforms or applications.
NVMe SSDs are now the default option for many, if not most factory-made computing platforms, and serve as both the boot drive and secondary storage device. As a result, NVMe SSDs are now common place, and are increasingly affordable, more reliable and faster than ever. The blazing speed, high level of reliability, and compact form factor make NVMe based storage devices ideal for high-resolution 4K & 8K media capture solutions.
Unbeatable Storage Performance
HighPoint manufactures the industry’s fastest NVMe RAID solutions, many of which are ideal for Media Capture applications.
HighPoint NVMe controllers and enclosures are capable of fully saturating x16 lanes of PCIe Gen4 (4.0) or Gen3 (3.0) host bandwidth. This is due to our highly flexible, performance focused architecture, which was designed in-house and is unique to our NVMe product portfolio.
HighPoint’s hardware engineering expertise enable SSD series NVMe RAID AICs to incorporate and fully exploit the capabilities of high-performance PCIe Switch technology. Our 8-Channel PCIe Gen3 SSD7000 series RAID controllers can deliver up to 14,000MB/s, while the PCIe Gen4 SSD7500 series doubles this to 28,000MB/s.
Compact & Versatile Storage Configurations
Capturing platforms that require a discreet, compact storage solution should consider NVMe RAID AICs or enclosures built to support M.2 media. M.2 SSDs are directly hosted by the storage solution; drive bays, cabling and cooling hardware are not required – everything is handled directly by the PCIe card or enclosure. HighPoint’s compact single-width 8-Port PCIe RAID AICs can directly host up to 8 M.2 SSDs and up to 32TB of storage capacity that is suitable for HD media capture applications.
However, if the target platform already has internal drive bays, or the application calls for mass-storage capability, a U.2 or U.3 based NVMe RAID solution may be a better choice. HighPoint U.2 RAID AICs are even more compact than their M.2 counterparts (half-height form factor), and have cabling options that allow them to support any NVMe SSDs; yes, this includes M.2 models.
SSD6540 Series RAID Storage Enclosures are ideal for I/O intensive, professional media applications that require a compact, external storage solution capable of delivering up to 14,000MB/s of transfer bandwidth.
Host Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16
Device Ports: 4x U.2/U.3 or M.2
Form Factor: 4-Bay Tower Enclosure
The SSD6780A is the industry's first external PCIe Gen4 x16 NVMe RAID solution. The compact enclosure supports up to 8 U.2/U.3 NVMe SSDs, and is capable of delivering 28,000MB/s of transfer performance.
Host Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16
Device Ports: 8x U.2/U.2
Form Factor: 8-Bay tower enclosure