Rockstar Ant II

Rockstar Ant II – the latest addition to the Rockstar product range puts high speed collaboration within reach of everyone. For many smaller studios and agencies the choice was between advanced and expensive vs. cheap, slow and unreliable. Rockstar Ant puts an end to all that; Ant is packed with power and is just as much a Rockstar product as its bigger Main Act cousin.

Based on the same enterprise class operating system, 10GbE connectivity, RAID and a unique selection of world class building blocks, Ant will be a game changer.

Highlights:

  • Ultra-fast: up to 3,000 MB/s
  • Small desktop form factor packed with world class components
  • Whisper quiet
  • Extensive storage capacity: from 2TB to 80TB and everything in between
  • Simple, intuitive operating system
  • Rock-solid stability
  • Unique file manage tool for your iPad. See it in the AppStore.
  • Prices start from £2,690
  • Leasing available through IQ Finance from £73 pm

Learn much more about Rockstar Ant II in the Product Guide.

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Rockstar Rack – the original

It all started here. The original Rockstar Rack Main Act and its sidekick, Rockstar Rack Supporting Act. With six different versions of Rack to choose from, there is a Rockstar for every server room! Today Rockstar Rack is in service at some of best known creative professionals across the UK and ROI – read more about that in the ‘Working with a Rockstar’ section.

Simply put Rockstar Rack is the finest piece of shared storage equipment you will find anywhere- regardless of price. A package consisting of the best 3u rackmount chassis money can buy, packed with carefully selected components from the finest manufacturers in the world, and a choice between Windows Server 2016, or our own enterprise class operating system – the Rockstar OS.

It’s the perfect blend of best-in-class hardware and seamless, super high-speed networking. You can start with a single chassis and expand as your workflow dictates.

Highlights:

  • Ultra-fast: up to 3,000 MB/s
  • Best-in-class hardware: made in the US to give you the finest quality
  • Extensive storage capacity: using building blocks of 16TB, 24TB, 32TB, 48TB, 64TB, 96TB, 128TB or 160TB in a single 3u enclosure. Expandable to 1,280TB with Rockstar Rack Supporting Act
  • Simple, intuitive operating system
  • Rock-solid stability
  • Unique file manage tool for your iPad. See it in the AppStore.
  • Prices start from £6,990
  • Leasing available through IQ Finance from £189 pm

Learn much more about Rockstar Main Act in the Product Guide and the Technical Guide.

Compatibility and support that make life simple – regardless which Rockstar model you buy

We don’t care which hardware or software you use – we’re happy to play with it all. It’s a seamless transition whether you use Mac OSX, Windows or Linux.

Rockstar has true plug-and-play connectivity, and it doesn’t work on client licences. So it’s easy to install, use and manage regardless of what system you have.

And it’s completely scalable. If you need more storage there’s no need to do a system overhaul – simply add capacity as you need it. Rockstar offers up to 1,024 TB of additional storage, so it truly grows with you.

At the heart of a Rockstar system is either Rockstar File Server OS or Windows Server – you choose which you want to use. Rockstar File Server OS is based on an open file system, which makes for a cost-effective investment with no hidden upgrade or maintenance costs.

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Control over your own data for maximum protection

Rockstar lets you control your own data so it’s easy to maintain a high level of security.

It’s the perfect balance between physical storage and the cloud. Everything is stored with you on servers, so you know it’s secure. But you can back up to the cloud and provide cloud access to files so people can work easily from anywhere. We also provide controlled mobile device backup so everything is safe, regardless of where work is done.

Keeping with our ethos of complete compatibility, it’s easy to link Rockstar with any legacy storage system – we integrate it into the new workflow as a ‘parking’ or pre-archive area. Because why should you have to throw away your previous investment?

The most advanced operating system

Feature-rich to meet all your needs

Rockstar File Server OS is developed to meet the highest standards. It includes

  • Active directory support
  • Cache Tiering
  • RAID
  • Data replication (server synchronisation)
  • Antivirus
  • Support for multiple snapshots per share
  • Network card teaming
  • Fibre channel
  • iSCSI and native support for all the most common operating systems (Windows, Linux, Unix, ESX Server and Mac), including clustering environments

Integrated replication software allows data to be backed up and restored rapidly. Network interface card teaming using IEEE802.3ad link aggregation (LACP), load balancing or failover ensures high performance and a secure flow of data – even if there are network problems. Antivirus software cleans the shares from viruses. Support for up to 30 snapshots per share enables you to backup and recover your data very quickly.

Completely scalable

You have the ability to extend your storage capabilities based on future requirements. Rockstar offers online RAID expansion and the option of flexible sizing for network shares so that your system can be enlarged at a later date.

Perfect for virtualisation

Rockstar is the perfect storage solution for VMware ESX, XEN and Microsoft Hyper-V because it offers reliable iSCSI target, fibre channel target and NFS services combined with snapshot replication.

Ideal cluster solution

Rockstar File Server OS supports Persistent Reservation (SCSI-3 PR) required for iSCSI and fibre channel cluster configurations.

Best in class hardware

Processor

Rockstar Rack is pure speed, so you won’t have to wait very long for anything. It starts with the new-generation Intel® Xeon E5 chipset. Configurations offer 6 cores of processing power, up to 40 GB/s of PCI Express Gen 3 bandwidth, and 64-bit-wide floating-point instructions.

Memory

Every Rockstar component is primed for performance – even the base configuration features 16GB of memory. That includes a DDR3 memory controller running at 1333 MHz. It delivers up to 42.6 GB/s of memory bandwidth, which means you can negotiate even the most intensive jobs in no time. We only use ECC memory, so you don’t have to worry about being stopped by transient memory errors.

RAID

With its state-of-the art RAID controller, Rockstar Main Act offers the best data protection. The factory setting can sustain the loss of two hard drives at once without losing any of your digital assets. And you can choose from lots of different configurations. Whether you’re prioritising speed, redundancy or both, we have a setting that will work for you.

Storage

While the operating system that powers Rockstar Main Act lives on two mirrored SSD flash drives, all your data is with 16 enterprise-class SAS hard disks managed by an LSI RAID controller with built-in battery backup. You can choose between 32 TB, 48 TB and 64 TB of raw storage capacity.

Sharing

Rockstar Main Act is equipped with both 8x1GbE and 2x10GbE connectivity so all users can access all data.

Expansion

One day you’ll run out of capacity, even with the 160TB version. So it’s good to know that you can add up to 7 extra Rockstar Supporting Acts, allowing for another 8 x 16 x 10TB of capacity. In other words, a total of 1,280 TB of raw storage space.

Want more detail? Download the complete Rockstar technical spec.