The Sync Engine
DNA Sync is built on a high performance media synchronization engine designed to make media transfers over any distance and network faster and more secure.
Tuned for media
Unlike rsync and other IT based synchronization solutions; DNA Sync is tuned for larger media files. DNA Sync is able to achieve higher data rates using a combination of buffer size tweaking, multi-streaming and other algorithms.
Point to point, No central bottlenecks
DNA Sync clients connect directly to one another in a point-to-point manner without going through any central server bottleneck. This ability enables faster transfers, more flexible deployment and unlimited scalability.
Automated, incremental sync
DNA Sync’s automated and incremental (delta) sync engine can automatically and “in-the-background” monitor for changes and transfer only new content.
Compatible with any SAN
DNA Sync is built to seamlessly connect with any media SAN. This includes Avid Unity/ISIS, XSAN, Editshare, Facilis, StorNext etc.
Bandwidth & IOPS throttling
DNA Sync is built for background operation without interfering with primary Post tasks on the SAN. DNA Sync allows configurable bandwidth throttling and IOPS throttling. Both throttling options allow DNA Sync tasks to occur seamlessly in the background.
DNA Sync allows for filtering based on file filters such as extension, size, time and type. Filters can be include or exclude filters (e.g. .DS_Store files).
DNA Sync allows for email alerts for failures, warnings and successes – to one or more emails ids.
DNA Sync allows you tailor the amount of path information you want to preserve in your sync. This is critical for a number of sync workflows where you may want to keep only a portion of your path for restores and consolidation purposes.
DNA Sync allows you to setup any type of pre-post scripting for processing files via third party scripts. DNA Sync allows for any number of pre-post script tasks to be setup on a per file basis or per job basis.
DNA Sync can read shares without mounting them as drive letters. This becomes critical in Avid Unity/ISIS environments where a number of drive letters may be needed.
DNA Sync accelerates the transfer of media over WAN links using a number of optimization algorithms.
DNA Sync accelerates transfers using a combination TCP/IP related optimizations. These include multi-streaming, block sizing, chunking etc. The end result is transfers that can match traditional UDP based acceleration.
Automated retries and check-pointing
DNA Sync has an intelligent restart engine that can automatically retry lost connections at a network level. This capability allows the transfer to auto-recover from a temporary loss of network connections. For permanent network connection drops (e.g. system shutdown, network failure etc.), DNA Sync can pick up from the last bit being transferred.
Sync Over FC, SAS, Local Networks
DNA Sync can sync not only over WAN networks but also over local interconnects such as FC, SAS, 1Gb and 10 Gb Ethernet.
High performance sync over direct interconnects
DNA Sync’s transfer engine is designed not just for WAN transfers but can also be configured over direct interconnects e.g. SAS, FC. This allows you to setup high performance syncs for disaster recovery, backup and collaboration in local high-speed environments.
High performance sync over local LAN networks
DNA Sync can sync equally efficiently over local (1Gb/10Gb) LAN networks as well. This allows you to setup LAN based syncs for facilities that may not be over a WAN but are not close enough for direct connects setups.
The DNA Sync centralized web interface provides global management over all aspects of the DNA Sync infrastructure.
DNA Sync is managed and controlled via a central, web management interface. A web interface allows the convenience of remote management, monitoring and setup of any aspect of the DNA Sync environment.
Multi user access, Access Controls
DNA Sync is built for multi-user access via the web interface. Administrators can setup multi-user control lists and can establish access controls policy on a per user basis for which machines and datasets are available.
With DNA Sync, all data and metadata on the wire travels over HTTPS and via PKI ensuring content security.
HTTPS web management
DNA Sync encrypts all management and metadata using HTTPS and PKI. This ensures that all messages travelling over the network are protected from eavesdropping.
Point-to-point data encryption
DNA Sync sets up a point-to-point VPN for every transfer and re-negotiates keys for every transfer session ensuring content protection over any network link.
Multi-level authentication and run levels
Since DNA Sync is controlled via the web, it enforces multiple levels of authentication to ensure that a non-authorized user does not get access to the system. DNA Sync maintains web-based user login as the first level of protection. To make any updates or changes, DNA Sync requires knowledge of a local username/password of each system involved in the transfer. Further, DNA Sync runs every process under the supplied user’s credentials to ensure that access to data is maintained during the transfer.