NAB 2019

NAB 2019: OpenDrives Granted Patent for Data-Storage Optimization-Based I/O Pattern Modeling

OpenDrives (Booth SL10630), a global provider of ultra-high-performance shared-storage solutions to multiple industries — media and entertainment, healthcare, videogame development, corporate video, video surveillance, esports — has been granted a patent for Data Storage Optimization Based I/O Pattern Modeling (U.S. Patent 10228860).

OpenDrives proprietary Atlas software features an HTML5 user interface displaying a “File Reads” heatmap allowing system administrators to understand storage-load balances over time.

The proprietary optimization technology, already integrated into OpenDrives Atlas software (featured in all OpenDrives solutions and demonstrated in OpenDrives’ booth), significantly accelerates software applications and data processing.

While many data-storage solutions providers are focused on third-party NVMe hardware for faster throughput, the OpenDrives patented technology adds a software layer that enables customers to collaborate in their workflows in real time across several content formats — including 4K, 6K, 8K, high dynamic range (HDR), High Frame Rate (HFR) and virtual reality (VR) — using any software application including industry-leading postproduction/visual-effects solution Adobe Premiere Pro.

Chad Knowles, CEO, OpenDrives, explains how the OpenDrives Atlas software platform differentiates the brand in the storage market: “We have been using NVMe for years and love the groundbreaking technology. However, from the inception of the company, we have known that throwing hardware into the mix is just one component of the entire holistic solution. We’re proud to be the only storage provider on the market offering a proprietary software platform specifically designed to complement and enhance this type of hardware and drive exponential benefits.”

OpenDrives customers have long maintained that adding hardware to technology infrastructure is rarely sufficient for workflow acceleration. Many notice a clear difference with the entire OpenDrives platform that allows content-creation teams to move faster with uncompressed media.

“As postproduction workflows continue to evolve, increased speed and performance are critical for content creators in the media and entertainment industry,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for Adobe, a certified OpenDrives partner. “Demanding production workflows with Adobe Premiere Pro will benefit from OpenDrives technology.”

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