OpenDrives Software Platform

OPUS (Open Unified System)

Network Attached Storage Management Made Easy

OPUS is our enterprise-grade management platform purpose-built for performance. OPUS incorporates an extensible 128-bit file system with efficient data striping, resilient data protection and a sleek integrated web user interface. OPUS is the simplest way to configure, optimize, protect and manage data storage volumes.

Included in all OpenDrives systems, OPUS offers enterprise-class security, data protection, availability and reliability compared to traditional RAID storage while vastly improving write speeds. OPUS optimizes throughput and IOPS for large-file media workflows while delivering >85% utilization.  

Data Integrity & Protection

Data integrity and the ability to recover data seamlessly and quickly are a must. OPUS ensures the integrity of data from application to disk in a number of ways. It ensures that modified data is never written over the original data it modified. This means either the old data is correct on disk if the new data is corrupt. There is no intermediate or unknown state, so recovery and consistency scans of the whole file system are not necessary.

Data repair for all data and metadata blocks are constantly checksummed. OPUS detects if the data has been corrupted and repairs the data in-flight as it’s being committed to disk. Checksums are stored at the parent levels in the directory structure all the way up the tree. This provides a whole range of data integrity benefits. For instance, there is no scope for silent data corruption and no possibility of system failure due to corrupted metadata.


OPUS provides unlimited snapshots. A snapshot is a read-only point-in-time copy of a file system. Snapshots provide an extremely space-efficient way to store multiple versions of files for use in recovery and restore.

OPUS Backup and restore are also powered by snapshots. OPUS Backup is a multi-threaded data mover that can backup up to 10 TBs per hour (or 2 GB/s) between OpenDrives storage systems. OPUS Backup allows the storage administrator to send snapshots between OpenDrives storage tiers, to LTO libraries and to cloud backup targets like Microsoft Azure, making it a fully-automated and destination agnostic backup platform.


OPUS offers a very fast lossless compression algorithm. It also features an extremely fast decoder, typically capable of reaching RAM speed limits of the current generation of RAM.

Zero-downtime expansion

OpenDrives provides scalable storage with no interruption to your business operations, keeping your creatives online and working. By adding expansion devices to your storage infrastructure, you can seamlessly increase your storage capacity on-the-fly without downtime or scheduled outages and without the use of expensive full-time IT resources.


OpenDrives ensures high-density storage, physical efficiencies in datacenter rack space, reduced power and cooling costs as well as the logical efficiencies of OPUS that increase usable-to-raw capacity ratios.

Variable block Size

OPUS uses either dynamic or policy-based variable block sizes for writing data. By not using fixed block sizes, OPUS optimizes write operations, which increases the storage system’s speed and eliminates wasted blocks common to traditional storage vendors. This also improves read-speeds because the storage device doesn’t have to waste additional time reading zeroed-out bits in the data block.

Sleek, Streamlined and intuitive UI

OpenDrives’ OPUS management interface is highly effective and intuitive, presenting lots of valuable system information without being overwhelming. It streamlines your storage management tasks and presents up to the minute status information in an easy to read format, allowing you to spend your time on your work instead of managing your tools.

Replication & Mirroring

For storage solutions that support mission-critical applications or disaster recovery standby sites, remote data replication is a critical feature. The remote replication feature in OPUS enables OpenDrives systems to asynchronously replicate data to another remote OpenDrives storage system. A configured project or share at the primary location is automatically replicated to a destination appliance, providing a consistent copy that can be used as a backup or as a standby site for disaster recovery. Remote replication is also sometimes used for distribution purposes such as disseminating copies of new content releases to remote branch offices.

The initial replication copies all data in the source location (a project or share) to the destination site. Subsequent synchronizations only transfer incremental data that has changed at the source location since the previous synchronization. Replication can be configured to transmit over a dedicated line or over a public network. Data can optionally be encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. Remote replication supports one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-one topologies. Replication can also be performed on-demand (initiated by an administrator) or automated on a regular schedule. A dedicated network is not required, although it is recommended. Replication is supported between different tiers of the OpenDrives storage product family, so it is possible to have a larger capacity central storage system at a remote site.


The data de-duplication technology in OPUS reduces “on disk” usage by identifying and storing only unique data blocks. This can save significant amounts of capacity depending on the data set. For example, without data de-duplication, if a 1MB file is emailed to 100 people and everyone stores it on their network share, the system will store 100 identical copies of the file. By contrast, in a de-duplicated environment, only one copy of the file is stored while the rest are just pointers to that file.

OPUS implements in-line data de-duplication, which performs the de-duplication when the data is initially written. This approach has the advantage of avoiding any extra processing and temporary storage required in a post-process implementation.

For those customers interested in optimal capacity savings, compression and de-duplication can be employed on the same data. OPUS seamlessly compresses data, which can then be de-duplicated, allowing for maximum space savings.

Dynamic Bandwidth Management

The OPUS GUI allows storage administrators to set on-demand or scheduled bandwidth limits to specific IPs or subnets in your environment, increasing the total efficiency of your system and allowing the administrator to prioritize bandwidth for specific processes or users interacting with your storage.

Flexible architecture with multiple protocol and network integration

OpenDrives storage network connectivity supports 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE


Quotas and Provisioning

In a shared storage environment, efficient use of space is critical. OpenDrives OPUS software allows you to both set aside dedicated space and set fully adjustable limits for your users and projects.

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