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metaSAN FC SAN Sharing Software FC SAN Software - metaSAN FC

metaSAN is a high-speed file sharing Storage Area Network (SAN) management software that sets new standards for cross-platform workgroup collaboration. metaSAN enables multiple users to share access to common data files in workgroups where heavy bandwidth requirements are the norm. With metaSAN, film and video editors, digital artists, healthcare specialists, and corporate users can simultaneously access a common pool of data files such as video clips, databases, satellite imagery, medical archives, or CAD files - as easily and transparently as if the content was stored on their local drive.

Available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, metaSAN innovates with true file sharing, native OS file system and access rights management, virtualization for Avid®, dynamic metadata master arbitration model, and seamless integration with LAN networks. These innovations ensure a perfectly transparent and reliable networked shared storage that can fuel the most creative environments in addition to greatly reducing the cost of managing mission-critical resources.

metaSAN's user-friendly file-level sharing capability offers far more flexibility than the more common volume-level based sharing that imposes serious workflow restrictions.

 

With metaSAN, you manage accesses to your shared storage the same way you normally would for any other local drive. There is no need for special disk formatting or management utilities, or for creating or managing special user accounts. Network administrators simply use standard OS account management tools to grant or deny access to the individual users. For those in mission-critical environment, metaSAN's dynamic metadata master arbitration model provides the failover mechanism that ensures 24/7 operations by eliminating the risks of downtime associated with conventional metadata controller-based architecture.

metaSAN can seamlessly integrate SAN and LAN networks. With the addition of metaLAN, a multi-point gateway software that connects your enterprise LAN with your high-speed SAN, your entire facility can now benefit from many unique SAN advantages.

metaSAN represents a major shift from traditional SAN management software. You can choose the network topology that best suits your needs - SAN for bandwidth and real scalability, LAN for lower cost and ease of deployment, or a combination of both! You then choose the building blocks that deliver the performance and scalability you need - Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, and even iSCSI. metaSAN integrates with JetStor RAID units via FC or iSCSI.

metaSAN is fully transparent and compatible with standard applications, Adobe Production Studio and Apple Final Cut Pro. 



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To run the latest version of metaSAN, each system on your SAN must meet the minimum system requirements for the respective operating system. To view operating system compatibility with previous metaSAN versions, click here.

Important: Make sure that each system on your SAN runs the same version of metaSAN.

Mac OS machines:

  • Power PC or Intel-based Mac with 1.33GHz CPU
  • Mac OS X Leopard/Leopard Server, Mac OS X Snow Leopard/Snow Leopard Server (32-bit and 64-bit)

Note 1: Mac OS X 10.4.x supported up until version 4.2.1.

  • 1GB of physical RAM recommended
  • 25 MB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • Network LAN connection (1Gb Ethernet recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CDROM)
  • The following TCP ports - 8100, 8300, 8399, 8500, 8501 - should not be blocked by a firewall if any


Windows machines:

  • PC with 800-megahertz (MHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 800-MHz 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32 and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit), Windows Server 2003/2008/2008 R2 (32 and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit)

Note 1: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V testing in progress

Note 2: Microsoft Windows 2000 supported up until version 3.0.

  • 1GB of physical RAM recommended
  • 25MB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • Network LAN connection(1Gb Ethernet recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CDROM)
  • The following TCP ports - 7000, 8100, 8101, 8200, 8300, 8399, 8500, 8501, 8502 - should not be blocked by a firewall if any.

Note: Some components may require additional system resources not outlined above.

Linux machines:

  • PC with an Intel P4
  • 1GB of physical RAM recommended
  • 25MB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • Network LAN connection(1Gb Ethernet recommended)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 4.0:

2.6.9-11.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.9-22.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.9-22.0.1.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.9-22.0.1.EL.ADSKsmp (64-bit)
2.6.9-34.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.9-34.0.1.EL.ADSKsmp (64-bit)
2.6.9-34.0.1.EL.ADSK.1smp (64-bit)
2.6.9-42.EL (32-bit only)
2.6.9-55.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.9-67.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.9-67.0.4.EL (32-bit and 64-bit)

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 5.0:

2.6.18-164.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.18-128.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.18-128.1.16.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)

  • FilmLightOS 1.3.3662:

kernel 2.6.9-3662.floslargesmp (64-bit)
kernel 2.6.9-3676.floslargesmp (64-bit)
kernel 2.6.9-3777.floslargesmp (64-bit)

  • FilmLightOS 2.0:

kernel 2.6.18-92.1.22.el5.centos.plus (64-bit)

  • SuSe Linux 9.3 ( i586 ):

kernel 2.6.11.4-21.17-smp
kernel 2.6.11.4-21.17-default

  • CentOS Linux 5:

2.6.18-164.2.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.18-164.6.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.18-164.9.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.18-164.10.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
2.6.18-164.11.1.el5 (32-bit and 64-bit)


Note 1: No support for 64-bit version of kernel 2.6.9-42.EL.

Note 2: No support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3.0.

Important: Changing any of the default kernel setting may prevent metaSAN from operating properly.

  • SELinux should be disabled prior to installing the metaSAN
  • The following TCP ports - 8100, 8300, 8399, 8500, 8501 - should not be blocked by a firewall if any
 
 
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