The Masked Installer’s take on Blu-ray Servers
In his most current blog post, our Masked Installer reveals his inner thoughts on hard drive HiDef video media servers and what it’s like to frequently work with 15 to 20 TB of his customers data.
I’ve been quiet lately but I’ve been in the rack. It’s a bit of a rant this time and it’s mainly about HDD audio / video servers…maybe a good time to point out (again) that custom-made installers spend a lot of of their time on A/V
we make a living sticking in proper “grown-up” media servers. I.E. lots of disk, lots of redundancy, lots of notification about disk or disk variety problems etc. ideal now I’m selling next to no servers at all….and the reason is that everyone wants a “High Definition” server. All the good kit is keeping its powder dry.
We sell 3 product ranges, Kaleidescape, Imerge and iDyl
They’re all good. None of them today deals with HD-DVD or Blu-ray sources and importantly none of them has really attended to the issue of a really big HD library.
I believe there will be a Blu-ray iDyl product and it might even be the first to market. I believe this in the same way that I believe there will be a working AMX module for the iDyl server. I believe this but I’m still waiting. This really could be the best value media server platform in the UK but ideal now we’ve got a forward sales buy book of over 6 months and it’s only got a couple of iDyls in it.
If the iDyl could fix a number of small issues and integrate well with AMX it would be a real player. For us, ideal now it’s not. It’s NAS aware in a way that none of its competitors are so one day if you tell it you have 18TB of material over there it will play with you. It’s an bothersome situation because I really like the product – have a look at some of the attached screenshots, it’s slick. and because I like it I’m going to give it an updated review when the AMX module is ready.
The Imerge is rather different. For one thing it’s really quite expensive, as in double the cost ofan iDyl – and getting close to a Kaleidescape in price. The Kaleidescape is so good that you better be sure of your ground before you ask it outside. but the Imerge MS5000 does a good job.
The Imerge MS5000 gives you 3 TB of storage, plunder 5 and a sexy web management interface. From an install point of view it gives you the best AMX module in the service (even though there are some nasty bugs, fix it please). having two independent video outputs (terms and conditions apply) makes it a much a lot more usable beast in a normal custom-made install environment. So in summary, t’s cool, it’s slick… it probably still gets beaten by Kaleidescapes in face to face challenges.
If you’ve got enough money there’s still only one choice.
The Kaleidescape is beautifully built. The way it deals with redundancy is cool. The OSD interface is remarkable – better than any other audio / video product on the market. Running, it has the best user interface of anything I’ve seen in this sector. It also costs a shed load of money. It’s expensive but it’s the one worth spending your money on ideal now.
But in the future what are we indicated to do? We’re habitually managing 10-15TB of data (and that feels like a lot). What happens when we need to manage 300TB. We worry about this stuff all the time. If you want a professional media server, you’ve got a large DVD collection and you’ve started getting Blu-ray you must start worrying about this stuff too.
kaleidescape.com : imerge.co.uk : dfsolutions.co.uk
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