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The SANmp - Fibre and iSCSI SAN Sharing Software from Studio Network Solutions enables users to share their projects and media files on a Storage Area Network (SAN). SANmp helps to increase workflow, as users will be able to capture, record, and edit directly onto the storage system in real-time, helping to eliminate the need to copy files locally. SANmp requires no servers or metadata controllers, which makes it a well-suited choice for companies without an IT staff. Simply install SANmp and within minutes your OS X and Windows users can be safely sharing all of their Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage.
To access the SAN, users simply launch SANmp and login with your ID and password. Users select their shared resources from a list and mount them so that they're available to the OS. Once mounted, each shared volume is recognized by the workstation as local storage. SANmp is compatible with Final Cut Pro, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Pro Tools, and most other applications.
Every copy of SANmp also includes a license for both Windows and Mac, allowing it to be installed on either platform. In fact, both SANmp versions may also be installed on a dual-boot computer, such as a Mac running OS X and Windows via Boot Camp.
Why Do I Need SANmp?
Within traditional "local storage" systems like USB and Thunderbolt, a single computer has one or more dedicated hard drives. These disks may be internal or external, but without the assistance of networking software, they can't easily be shared with other computers. In a typical file-sharing network, a server commonly provides the software that controls the sharing and security of storage resources.
In contrast to a client-server network, each computer in a SAN is connected directly to storage at the block-level, by a storage fabric. Connected workstations then recognize the arrays as local storage. Without specialized software like SANmp, each workstation would immediately try to claim and utilize the entire storage array exclusively for itself, which would lead to serious problems, much like connecting two computers directly to a single USB drive.
Without software like SANmp controlling access to the storage, it is virtually impossible to share, protect, and manage your SAN. SANmp is the specialized software that controls each workstation's access to the storage
SANmp is based on a model that emphasizes performance and ease-of-use. This means SANmp doesn't negatively affect your storage hardware's performance capabilities, so you don't have to purchase and maintain additional storage arrays
SANmp's project profile feature gives you a simple way to setup your working environment - you can create a profile based on the volumes you'll need for a particular project. For example, if your editing project requires media clips from three volumes, you can create a profile to automatically mount those three volumes in Read Only mode plus another volume in Write mode for your project file. You can create multiple mounting profiles and even save them to .XML files and share them with other SANmp users in your workgroup
This feature enables a user to mount a volume so they are the only user allowed to read from - or write to - the volume at any given time. The Write Exclusive mode helps to protect performance, which is useful for ingesting video or doing live recording sessions. When the user unmounts the volume, it is again possible for other users to read from (or write to) the volume
This feature enables a user to mount a volume so they are the only user allowed to write to the volume at any given time. Other users can still concurrently read from the volume. When this user unmounts the volume, it is again possible for another user to write to the volume
Read Only Mounting
This enables the user to mount a volume so that they can only read from the volume. Any other user can mount the volume in Write and/or Read mode. You can specify that certain users be allowed only read-access to part or all of the shared storage. A backup computer could be given read-only access to all volumes, allowing it to perform scheduled backups
Automation - the Command Line Interface
SANmp's Command Line Interface enables you to automate the most commonly used SANmp functions. You can write and execute scripts that call upon the CLI to do things like login, mount volumes, copy files, unmount volumes, logout, etc.
The CLI offers the ability to automate some of your work by executing commands in batch scripts from both Mac and PC
HASP-less mode for EVO Users
The HASP-less mode allows the included SANmp Client software to connect to an EVO shared storage server without the need for a USB key. This feature enables unlimited EVO-only connectivity to the EVO shared storage system, with no per-seat SANmp licensing costs for new workstations
With this function, you can see a file in its current state on a read only volume while another user is writing it. The administrator can define a volume's synchronization interval or the user can do it manually
This feature allows Windows users to take advantage of the operating system's Mount Point support. Mount points enable a user to mount a volume to a directory on another volume. This is helpful for certain applications, but most importantly it helps circumvent the finite number of available drive letters in Windows. The opposite of a Mount Point is a Drive Letter Mount, where the OS assigns a letter to a mounted volume
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Intel Mac, OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7 or higher
Intel Mac, OS X Lion 10.7.x
Intel Mac, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
32/64-bit Windows (XP, 7, 8, Server Standard 2008 R2)
Supports Fibre Channel HBA (for Fibre Channel)
1 or 10Gb Ethernet NIC (for iSCSI)
Category 5e (or better) Ethernet cable (for iSCSI)
For more details, review the help file (located in /Applications/SANmp/) included with SANmp
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