A Complete, High Quality, Cost-Effective Solution for Leading Content Creation Tools Now Available at Far Less Cost Than Competitors
Burbank, CA – Improving media workflows and providing creative post production and graphics professionals with superior flexibility, Archion Technologies is collaborating with Square Box and Cache-A to offer facilities of all sizes a complete, cost-effective solution for Apple, Adobe, Avid and Autodesk workflows. The integration of Archion’s EditStor ES™ shared storage system, Square Box System’s CatDV Media Asset Management software and Cache-A’s line of archive appliances provides a much-needed alternative to expensive solutions at a fraction of their cost.
“The extensive testing and tight integration of EditStor ES with CatDV and Cache-A offers facilities the promise of a single high-performance collaborative storage infrastructure,” said James Tucci, Chief Technology Officer of Archion. “It includes all of the tools they need to store media, log and organize content and archive, manage, search and retrieve those assets, at a very attractive price. Enabling technology like EditStor ES, CatDV and Cache-A makes workflows sing.”
“Improving media management and archiving are crucial parts of today’s digital production workflows, and we are very happy to team with Archion to offer such a tightly integrated, cost-effective and flexible solution,” said Ken Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Square Box. “It’s a natural progression and all part of delivering the right solution to small- to medium-sized facilities.”
In this workflow, Archion’s EditStor ES provides the place to ingest media, CatDV handles digital asset management and Cache-A serves as the archive a perfect solution for digital media professionals working with Final Cut Studio®, Adobe CS5®, Adobe CS6® or Avid Media Composer®. The seamless integration of CatDV with EditStor ES takes the tasks of ingest, asset management and editing to a whole new level. Because CatDV Server immediately recognizes EditStor ES volumes, finding and cataloging media is quick and intuitive.
At the same time, EditStor ES directly supports backup and archiving with Cache-A and CatDV because both CatDV and Cache-A talk directly to it. Previously, a client was needed to see both the Cache-A device and the storage device. Now, by eliminating the need to tie up another client computer, faster data transfers are possible, particularly because of GigE, rather than Fibre Channel, connectivity.
Backups can be started from either Cache-A or CatDV, and with asset management built-in, CatDV can instruct the Cache-A appliance to archive or restore the data. Cache-A archive appliances store data on IT industry standard LTO tapes, which offer a 30-year archival life.
“This announcement underscores our commitment to working closely with other industry leaders to enhance digital workflows,” said Mark Ostlund, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Cache-A. “We are delighted to partner with Archion to extend our ŒArchiving Made Easy™’ approach to improving archiving for today’s digital media professionals.”
EditStor ES Shared Storage
A completely self-contained storage area network (SAN), EditStor ES takes the simplified multi-platform shared storage system to a new level. It has been specifically designed to significantly enhance media workflow management in small- to mid-size post houses and creative agencies as well as in enterprises, schools and houses of worship.
Easy to set up and integrate into existing video and audio workflows, EditStor ES is ready to configure and users can immediately start sharing media across Mac, Windows and Linux platforms. By eliminating individual seat costs or licenses, an unlimited number of workstations can be connected through a standard Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) switch.
Feature Rich for Post Production
EditStor ES easily facilitates the flow, conversion and management of media within the production workflow by offering the richest media management feature set available — and at a price that is very affordable, less than half the cost of competitive solutions.
With volume expansion, for example, users can create shared volumes of any size and expand volumes on the fly. Volume expansion is all managed through a web-based administrator interface that doesn’t affect workflow. Another innovative feature, project sharing, extends to projects that use the most popular editing tools. Avid project sharing, for example, will be transparent to the Avid Media Composer system and doesn’t affect the Avid workflow. Project sharing for Final Cut Studio and Adobe will also be available.
The rich media management feature set of EditStor ES has all of the automation tools of an enterprise storage server, including storage pools, volume replication and snapshot, data replication and volume manager as well as support for tape back systems and virtual tape volumes created in the system. To deliver maximum connectivity to the workstations that drive workflow, EditStor ES supports user and group management, user security and access as well as industry standard IT protocols.
The Archion Product Family
Powered by the award winning Vdisk technology for a more flexible and scalable experience, Archion offers the most extensive line of shared storage solutions for media workflows. In addition to EditStor ES, other Archion storage solutions include:
Synergy XTR™: Advanced RAID protected add-on storage for Avid Unity MediaNetworks™
Synergy IS: The only alternative RAID protected add-on storage for the Avid ISIS 5000
Alliance LT: Completely integrated, full-featured SAN solution
Alliance Pro: The ultimate SAN for media workflows
Canvas: Powerful RAID storage system for Digital Intermediary and other high bandwidth applications
Archion Technologies, based in Burbank, CA, is a leading provider of intelligent networked storage solutions specifically designed for post production and graphic professionals working in the broadcast, production, corporate, education, government, house of worship and sports industries. Founded by a team of post production, technology and entertainment industry professionals in 1999, Archion set out to create a new standard of data protection and performance for those creating video, audio and graphical content. Since then, Archion’s high-performance storage technology has been critical to the success of thousands of TV and feature film projects and is prominently used in Avid, Apple, Adobe, Autodesk and Pro Tools environments. www.archion.com