FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), the provider of TOTALLY Open™ data protection solutions, and SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC), a leading provider of software and hardware solutions for digital television, today announced a strategic OEM partnership that allows SeaChange to integrate the FalconStor ® HyperFS™ file system [see related press release, “FalconStor Announces HyperFS File System for Media and Entertainment Market”] into the new SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary. SeaChange is showing the Universal MediaLibrary in booth N5311 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, through April 15. SeaChange’s Universal MediaLibrary is an integrated media storage platform that combines FalconStor’s HyperFS solution – a high-performance, massively scalable file system – with a RAID-protected, highly available, high-density disk array. The SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary is targeted at demanding television broadcast, video-on-demand and post-production applications that require support for large data sets, concurrent multi-user access, high-performance video streaming and highly scalable storage capacity in a single, global pool of storage. “We chose FalconStor’s HyperFS file system for the SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary because of its high-performance streaming capability, high availability and ability to consolidate and manage extremely large numbers of files in a single global name space,” said SeaChange General Manger Bang Chang. “We looked at a number of competing solutions and found that the HyperFS file system was the only solution that met every one of our very demanding requirements. For broadcasting and especially for video-on-demand, the HyperFS file system optimizes stream performance so our solutions can deliver thousands simultaneously.” The HyperFS file system simplifies management of and access to large numbers of multiple types of files, substantially reducing storage capital and operational expenses; it optimizes storage performance by providing a single global name space*, up to 144 petabytes of storage capacity and gigabyte-level transmission bandwidth that supports hundreds of shared clients. The HyperFS file system meets the demanding requirements of the media and entertainment market by supporting massive data sets, concurrent heterogeneous multi-user access, high performance, low latency and highly scalable storage capacity in a single pool of storage. With today’s all-digital motion pictures generating up to two petabytes of data or more, the HyperFS file system allows users to manage their assets in one place that is easily accessible at all points in their digital workflow. As an open software platform, the HyperFS file system runs on any storage hardware and supports Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux clients in a shared infrastructure.
The HyperFS file system is ideal for media and entertainment applications, such as broadcast, post, video-on-demand and content distribution, where storage consolidation, cost-saving simplification of operations, massive scalability and high performance are critical to storing, managing, editing and sharing a large number of sizeable video/audio files.“The HyperFS file system is architected to address a wide variety of media and entertainment applications that are dependent upon the ability to consolidate, manage and manipulate enormous amounts of data,” said Bernie Wu, vice president and business development for FalconStor Software. “Through our strategic OEM partnership with SeaChange International, we are answering a need for the kind of multi-tasking, high-performance, high-capacity storage management system the media industry demands as content continues to grow in quantity, size and complexity.” About SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary SeaChange’s answer to the massive storage requirements inherent to multi-screen video delivery is the Universal MediaLibrary (UML), a CDN-class library storage system providing up to 144 terabytes of raw storage in a compact 5RU Matrix Storage Array. The unique chassis design of the UML consists of six blades that are serviceable even while operational. Each blade module contains 12 top-load drive slots that enable simple drive replacement without impacting operations. Working in concert with SeaChange’s AssetFlow software, the UML can function as a network attached storage platform to store enormous amounts of content in multiple formats, while also providing a temporary storage area to support content operations such as production and content creation archives, automated quality assurance, and transcoding. The UML can also store all processed content packages prior to delivery to multi-screen destinations and distribution outlets along with any related production content. FalconStor HyperFS Key Features and Benefits