Autodesk Flame 2018 / DDP update 2 compatibility

TECHNICAL BULLETIN
When using a DDP volume as a Framestore (/mnt/StorageMedia) for Autodesk Flame, the DL_DISABLE_DIRECT_IO flag is required. This flag is functional in Flame 2018.1 but has been broken in Flame 2018.2. As such, DDP/Flame users should not update to Flame 2018.2.  However, Flame users can still use a DDP volume to Read and Write file sequences as soft import in 2018 update 2.

This error has been reported to and confirmed by Autodesk. The DirectIO flag will be fixed in an upcoming flame release.

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DDP Cluster breaks the boundaries of scale out shared storage solutions

Dynamic Drive Pool by Ardis Technologies presents its scale out heterogeneous DDP Cluster with one namespace at NAB 2017

Arnhem, April 12, 2017: At NAB 2017, the Dutch manufacturer Ardis Technologies will present the new software version of its DDP Ethernet SAN shared storage solutions. With DDP’s heterogeneous scale out cluster, DDP nodes can be “Here, There and Elsewhere” across different geographic locations and within one namespace. Desktop clients have parallel data access to the cluster DDP nodes. With DDP’s Instant Replication feature, a cluster of two DDPs can be used as a real-time Mirror whereby clients write their data simultaneously to both DDPs.

File based SSD caching and load balancing is now expanded so it can be used across multiple nodes within a DDP cluster. Storage (HDDs, SSDs, and DDP Expansion Chassis as well as Standalone DDPs and DDP Head units) can be added or removed on the fly in the back-end without changing the front-end. The shared file system is independent from the locations where the media is stored; in this way media can be moved around (copied, transferred or consolidated), without changes in the directory/folder structure and is transparent to operators.

Individual DDP cluster nodes can be distributed over the network across separate physical and geographic locations while remaining within the DDP cluster. If necessary, a single DDP server can be removed from a cluster, used as a standalone device elsewhere, and after finishing the job rejoin the cluster with all new media being available immediately. Both capacity and bandwidth scales linearly when equally equipped DDPs are added.

DDP Dynamic Drive Pool by Ardis Technologies will exhibit at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Booth SL4705.

DDP @ SIM Technology Showcase in Toronto on Jan. 19th

DDP Americas will be showcasing the microDDP configured with SSDs and built-in 10GbE at the 12th Annual SIM Technology Showcase in Toronto, Ontario. This year's event focuses on Virtual Reality and HDR video, which DDP brilliantly enables with its load balanced performance and SSD Caching. Marquise Technologies ICE will be connected to the DDP illustrating this performance for grading workflows. The event takes place on Jan 19th, from 3pm until 7pm. If you are in the Toronto area and want to see a DDP in action, you can register for the event here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sim-technology-showcase-tickets-29806938355

microDDP on the road

Arnhem, August 2, 2016: It’s festival and sport events season again which results in busy times for rental companies. Ardis Technologies is proud to announce that its microDDP shared storage solution turned out to be rental companies’ first choice at major events such as the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, the North Sea Jazz Festival inRotterdam, the UEFA Euro 2016 in France, the Open-Air pop festival Rock Werchter in Belgium and the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brazil.