MSM-200

MSM-200 Optical Library Appliance

The MSM-200 is now available! Check out the Overview below for information about the major features the MSM-200 has to offer.

Unit prices starting from $11,693.50 USD for unlimited slots.

Overview

The MSM-200 provides all of the functionality of the MSM-160 and builds on it with increased performance for efficiently managing higher amounts data and throughput.  A faster processor, additional memory, and a high-performance and high-capacity cache allows for quicker access to more of your archived data for more simultaneous users.

What it does

The StorageQuest MSM-200 manages your optical library and provides easy network access to read and write data to the media within.

By itself, an optical library is not a complete storage solution; it needs to be partnered with hardware or software to manage it, and to provide access to the data or to the storage space that it provides.  The MSM appliance is just such a product.  The MSM provides you with the following key elements for making the most of your optical library:

  • A hardware appliance running our specialized software to organize, access, and manage all the media and data you want to store.
  • A network interface to provide access to the library across your entire LAN, including systems based on Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, and others
  • A web-based administration interface that allows you to monitor and control the MSM from any computer with a web browser
  • Tight integration that combines all these elements into a single, simple storage resource for your business that is as easy to use as Drag & Drop


The MSM-200 is designed to be a network-attached storage resource from the ground up.  Absolutely no special software is needed to access the MSM; you do not need to install anything on your workstations.

You access the MSM-200 in the exact same way you access your existing file servers.  The MSM-200 communicates natively with all major operating systems.

Features

  • Operates all popular optical libraries including Disc GmbH and Plasmon
  • Supports Blu-Ray, DVD/CD, UDO, and MO optical media
  • Supports WORM and Re-Writable media
  • All major network protocols including: Windows/CIFS, NFS, and FTP.
  • Web interface for administering from any OS
  • Network interface supports up to Gigabit (10/100/1000mbit) Ethernet and DHCP or static IP addressing
  • Cache device configured in RAID-50 with capacity starting at 1.0 TB, with hot-swappable hard drives
  • Typical installations are less than 1 hour from out-of-box to full production

Reliability

The MSM-200 uses a RAID-50 cache device to deliver lots of storage, lots of speed, and lots of redundancy.  Comprised of 6 hard drives, the cache device can tolerate the loss of up to 2 drives simultaneously without losing any data.  Additionally, degraded drives are hot-swappable, meaning you can replace the drive without powering down the MSM, and without taking services offline for even a second.

The large cache is well suited for working with high-capacity discs, such as Blu-Ray.  The standard cache size is 1.0 TB.

The MSM-200 is designed for rack-mounting, where it can reside out of the way in your server room, and take advantage of the high-capacity cooling and power conditioning you already have installed.  The MSM-200 also includes redundant, hot-swappable power supplies to further eliminate any one point of failure.

Open Storage

All discs created by the MSM are written in UDF, or Universal Disc Format.  These discs can be read on any computer with any modern operating system, without any special software.  Additionally, files are not encumbered with any proprietary encodings.  What this means to you is that the MSM provides completely open storage management.  Because UDF is an open standard, you will always be able to access your data with or without an MSM, with no fear of vendor lock-in.

The MSM features an easy-to-use file-based API, which allows for integration with your own scripts and tools.  From the API, every feature of the MSM can be utilized; in fact, our own web-based administration tools make use of the API.

A file-based API is one that uses a system of files and directories to expose the functionality of the product.  In the case of the MSM, every piece of media in the optical library is listed as a file in a special “control” directory, and API commands are given by renaming the appropriate file.  For example, renaming one of the files to “mount” would cause the respective piece of media to become mounted.  The file names themselves include information about the label and status of each piece of media, and the files contain XML with even more information.