Hualong Digital Film Production Company Selects DataDirect Networks to Power Real-Time 2K, Digital End-to-End Workflow


Company Behind the Post Production of International Hits “Ultraviolet”, “Warriors of Heaven and Earth”, and the Upcoming “Silver Medalist” Standardizes on S2A9900 Storage Platforms


CHATSWORTH, CA — (November 11, 2008) — DataDirect Networks, Inc. the data infrastructure provider for the most extreme, content-intensive environments in the world, today announced that the Hualong Digital Film Production Company, the most advanced post production facility in China, standardized on DataDirect Networks’ flagship, award-winning S2A9900 data infrastructure platforms for its 2K digital end-to-end workflow, for both its real-time and nearline requirements.


DataDirect Networks is enabling Hualong Digital Film to facilitate collaborative, shared workflows by providing concurrent access to nine real-time, uncompressed 2K streams generated from eight DVS CLIPSTER systems, a Thomson Spirit 2K DataCine for massive write-intensive, lightning fast data ingests, and many other post applications such as Autodesk Lustre, Smoke, Flame and Inferno. Only DataDirect Networks S2A9900 platforms are able to guarantee Hualong Digital Film over 10 gigabytes per second of streaming reads and writes for all of these concurrent access points with quality-of-service.


Not only was DDN able to meet these business critical requirements–where even a single frame drop is not an inconvenience; it’s a catastrophe–but also provide deep archival capabilities in a single platform with its ability to intermix SAS and SATA disks in the same enclosure . Coupled with its Dynamic MAID (D-MAID) technology, the S2A9900 enables Hualong Digital Film to leverage an energy-efficient solution that spins down deep archival disks automatically when not in use, conserving over 60-percent on energy costs.


“We are honored to provide the data infrastructure solution for the most advanced digital post production environment in China,” said Paul Bloch, President and Co-Founder, DataDirect Networks. “Hualong Digital Film’s extremely advanced post production facility necessitated a real-time storage solution that could support its bandwidth-intensive content streaming objectives to meet critical client project deadlines. With its unparalleled data ingest capabilities, the S2A9900 is the perfect high-speed data backbone for such a technically elegant and fast-paced post facility.”


The S2A9900 plays an integral role as part of Hualong Digital Film’s facility-wide workflow, enabling the company to process data faster than ever before as it sits in the center of its Post and DI operations.


DataDirect Networks’ flagship eighth generation S2A platform, the industry-leading S2A9900, provides extreme performance and capacity , with the ability to manage 1.2 petabytes in only two floor tiles and deliver sustained throughput of up to 6 gigabytes per second for both writes and reads, per appliance–faster than any storage product in the industry today. In a cluster formation, S2A platforms are delivering over 100 gigabytes per second of throughput in leading high performance environments today.


Developed over a decade of global deployments, DataDirect Networks’ Silicon Storage Architecture is a purpose-built architecture utilizing custom FPGAs with extreme levels of intelligence, designed to solve the data infrastructure problems that others simply can’t–which is why the company supports the fastest supercomputers, the fastest file systems and storage environments in the world.




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