SOURCE: PacketExchange

PacketExchange

September 07, 2010 08:50 ET

PacketExchange and Talon Data Systems Prove the First Uncompressed, 2K, Suite-to-Suite Solution Between London and Los Angeles

Talon's NetFlight™ With PacketExchange's Global Ethernet Network Provides the Ideal Proof of Concept for Uncompressed, High-Speed, End-to-End Data Packet Network Delivery Solutions

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) -  PacketExchange, the next generation Ethernet and IP network service provider with reach across Europe, the United States and Asia, together with Talon Data Systems, a leader in networked data storage solutions and appliances for full-resolution digital content, have proven the first global suite-to-suite solution for uncompressed 2K film footage from London to Los Angeles and back. File transfers were delivered at 450MB/s directly to a Baselight color grading system, a rate nearly twice as fast as real-time transfer for 2K footage. With the ability to deliver 1TB of DPX frames in 37 minutes directly to a far-away color correction system, this new capability has the potential to enable collaborative digital workflows around the world, saving time and money.

PacketExchange's private and secure global Ethernet network greatly reduces packet loss and jitter while offering 100% availability Service Level Agreement (SLA). Talon's NetFlight™ data transfer appliance uses a completely new transfer protocol. Together, PacketExchange's network and Talon's appliance enable the highest data transfer rates without the need to compress files, preserving the original quality and associated metadata.

PacketExchange and Talon thoroughly tested the integration of the NetFlight technology across the network infrastructure to prove that uncompressed, end-to-end, high capacity data transfer rates can be delivered with guaranteed integrity across a long distance, quickly and efficiently. The solution substantially accelerates the ability for companies to share and transfer large bandwidth files across an expansive geographic reach. 

"PacketExchange's high performance Layer 2 network has proven ideal to stream and transfer extremely large files efficiently," comments Chuck Stormon, VP of Strategic Accounts at PacketExchange. "The common practice of transferring files to tapes or portable hard disk drives and shipping them via traditional 'overnight' or 'next day' courier services have traditionally slowed projects down. Sending compressed files over the Internet also takes time, losing quality in the process as well as exposing them to security issues. With NetFlight over PacketExchange's global private network we significantly improve the Time to Usable Data without sacrificing any of the quality of the original content."

PacketExchange's network is constructed using a fully resilient mesh of 10Gb wavelengths, leveraging multiple physically diverse transatlantic and terrestrial cable systems. Built over the last 10 years with multi-terabit switching capacities, the network provides a stable and private infrastructure across the globe. 

"PacketExchange's Layer 2 Ethernet network is the ideal transport solution for high-capacity applications to leverage NetFlight's enhanced file transfer protocol," adds Tom Shearer, CEO of Talon Data Systems. "The high data capacity and speed of NetFlight's data transfer solution across PacketExchange's secure network solves inherent problems with large data file transfers. We believe this new solution can assist professionals in Film, Broadcast, Post Production, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Oil/Gas and any other industry that requires large-bandwidth file sharing."

In addition to providing a reliable, end-to-end, real-time, high capacity data transfer solution, NetFlight is also file-system agnostic, compatible with DAS, SAN, and NAS systems and is currently in daily operation at facilities with XFS, Quantum's StorNext, SGI's CXFS and Isilon's OneFS. The Talon solution provides flexible access to both shareable data and/or direct access data across a guaranteed high-bandwidth network. The solution provides an end-to-end service that is not limited by traditional appliance capabilities. The file transport occurs on the network architecture without the need to be copied onto intermediary storage pools, data tapes or portable Hard Disk Drives (HDD). NetFlight is a completely integrated solution that does not require the typical 'store-and-forward' process that adds the delay of creating 2 additional copies of the content being transferred. This results in faster workflows and shortening the time to useable data at the location receiving the content.

The combination of the ideal file-system-to-file-system transfer appliance (Talon's NetFlight), and a high capacity global network (PacketExchange), creates the perfect solution for high capacity data transfers and live streaming, that until now, has not been able to be realized due to both network and cost limitations. Customers interested in deploying the solution can connect to PacketExchange at any of its global Points of Presence (PoPs). Alternatively, PacketExchange can extend its network to customer locations using either 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps Ethernet interfaces delivered via fiber-optic cables. Customers using the NetFlight platform will achieve greater end-to-end network utilization, in the most effective, reliable and affordable manner.

To find out more about PacketExchange's industry leading network and Talon's NetFlight high capacity data storage and transfer solutions, visit www.packetexchange.net or email sales@packetexchange.net.

About PacketExchange
PacketExchange is the leading provider of private network services with Internet economics -- providing Global Ethernet, Global Peering, Content Delivery, Application Delivery, Dedicated Internet Access and Internet Transit. Our unique real-time transactional services platform leverages a global private layer-2 MPLS/VPLS and layer-3 IP network to offer a fast, secure, reliable and cost-effective alternative to the public Internet backbone. PacketExchange's redundant mesh across Europe, USA and Asia and exclusive wide-area peering fabric enable hundreds of access and broadband service providers, digital media, content and web application providers, enterprises and customers to connect directly to their trading partners around the world. PacketExchange is a privately held company headquartered in London, UK with network facilities in Amsterdam, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Miami, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Secaucus NJ, Singapore and Washington DC. For more information, please visit www.packetexchange.net.

About Talon Data Systems
Talon Data Systems is dedicated to providing networked data storage solutions for digital content. Talon is an established value added systems integrator and manufacturer of high-speed storage and networking systems, providing streamlined, cost effective workflow solutions for media, entertainment and enterprise clients. The company designs, builds, installs and supports storage, high speed networks and WAN networking solutions ranging from high-end custom servers for moving high resolution content to petabytes of shared SAN solutions and clustered NAS storage. For further information, please visit www.talondata.com.

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