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ThinkParQ Expands into the M&E Sector with the BeeGFS File System

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The official SPEC Performance Benchmark recently tested ELEMENTS BOLT with BeeGFS and proved it to be one of the fastest storage appliances available today. (Image credit: ELEMENTS)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany—ThinkParQ has entered into a technology partnership with ELEMENTS to deliver BeeGFS for broadcast and film production, as well as post-production facilities, with plans to make it rapidly adopted by the M&E market. 

"BeeGFS performs exceptionally, is simple to deploy and offers a high degree of manageability," explains ThinkParQ chief executive Frank Herold. "We believe strongly that BeeGFS can create the same customer experience in M&E as it has in our other market areas. Together with ELEMENTS, BeeGFS will enable the creation of future-proof and high-performance media entertainment workflows."

The official SPEC Performance Benchmark recently tested ELEMENTS BOLT with BeeGFS and proved it to be one of the fastest storage appliances available today, the companies said. 

BeeGFS was originally developed by mathematical research center Fraunhofer ITWM, which is part of the leading German applied research organization Fraunhofer institute. 

Since 2014, ThinkParQ has continued development of the hardware-independent POSIX (portable operating system interface) parallel file system on a commercial basis, initially for HPC (high performance computing), AI (artificial intelligence), Life Sciences, and Oil & Gas.

With an architecture that enables the management of any I/O (input/output) profile requirements with no performance restrictions, BeeGFS provides the scalability and flexibility needed to run the most demanding infrastructures, the companies said. It can increase productivity by delivering faster results, as well as making it possible to apply new data analysis methodologies without altering existing workflows or applications.

The source code for BeeGFS is publicly available and comes in both a Community Edition, which can be used free of charge, and an Enterprise Edition that requires a professional support subscription contract. The Enterprise contract gives access to the file system's enterprise features and functionalities with full technical support. The license fee also helps More information is available at www.thinkparq.com.

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.