Archion Strengthens Leadership Position With Most Diverse Storage Solutions For Today’s Demanding Media Workflows At Nab 2010

By April 12, 2010News

Now Across All Media Storage Categories, Archion Offers Complete Multi-Platform SANs, Shared File System Add-Ons and High-Powered Direct Attached

Burbank, CA (April 12, 2010) – The leader in storage intelligence and solutions for cross-platform, shared media workflows, Archion Technologies is strengthening its leadership position in storage solutions for today’s high throughput workflows at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB 2010). Designed for post-production and graphic design requirements, including file-based and uncompressed HD workflows, Archion’s storage solutions are on display at NAB 2010 in Booth SL9112 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, April 12-15.

Ranging from completely integrated, full-featured storage area network (SAN) solutions to highly compatible, uniquely intelligent, add-on RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks), storage systems for other popular SANs, Archion’s systems have been integrated with the full range of popular content creation tools in Avid, Apple, Adobe, Autodesk and Pro Tools¨ environments. All of Archion’s storage solutions are powered by the award-winning Vdisk™ technology for a more flexible and scalable experience.

“At this year’s NAB, we are showcasing a range of new storage systems that extend the performance, high reliability and protection that Archion has provided to broadcasters, TV networks, post facilities, studios, equipment rental facilities, houses of worship, corporations, universities, sports facilities and governments for more than a decade,” said Mark Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer of Archion. “As post production and graphic design requirements move from 2K to 4K and 8K and HD to 3D, we are showcasing a full range of products to meet and simplify these demanding workflows.”

At NAB 2010, Archion is demonstrating several storage solutions that span all product categories in four different workstations.

Introducing Archion’s New Edit Duo, EditSTOR and EditDIRECT

A simple multi-platform shared storage system, the new EditSTOR storage system is specifically designed to meet the budget of smaller post-production facilities and creative agencies, yet offers the flexibility and functionality of more expensive systems. The turnkey, self-contained system offers a streamlined workflow with the support of multi-write OSX, Windows and Linux as well as Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity.
Archion’s first product specifically targeted to direct-attached applications, the new EditDIRECT is certified direct-attached storage for Avid’s complete editing product line, including Pro Tools, Apple’s Final Cut Studio, Adobe and other popular editing tools. This innovative, flexible system delivers extremely high-speed serial-attached SCSI (SAS) storage technology, hardware RAID, fail safe media protection and full performance during rebuild.

New Synergy UX8 for Avid Unity

Offering the highest performance RAID protected add-on storage for Avid Unity™ MediaNetwork™ and Media Engine™ platforms, the new Synergy UX8 joins the popular Synergy UXE and expands the 4 Gigabytes (GB) Fibre Channel architecture to 8GB. Combined with an 8GB infrastructure, this enables four times the “write” performance and twice the “read” performance as a mirrored Avid XT chassis.

Synergy UX8 offers mammoth storage capacity with up to 32TB in a single 3RU chassis, with 24TB of protected and usable storage – three times the amount of protected storage as a 16TB Avid XT. It features a built-in highly intelligent hardware RAID (configured in level 5) to manage storage more efficiently and ensure that all media is protected while eliminating the need to mirror. In addition, Synergy UX8 automatically rebuilds a faulty drive so the rest of the network is unaffected by the drive failure.

The Synergy UX8, like the Synergy UXE, also offers a powerful economic edge. By combining Archion’s lower prices, the significant cost benefit of RAID 5 protection compared to mirroring and the increased power efficiency of fewer chassis, the cost per protected TB can be as much as 70% less to the end user.

Alliance Pro for File-level Sharing

The ultimate media SAN solution, Alliance Pro provides RAID protected storage that is easily shared by OSX, Windows and Linux clients across both Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks. It is specifically designed for growing and demanding post-production and graphics environments where common clients share files across Final Cut Studio, Adobe, Avid (including DS¨), Autodesk, and other editing tools. Alliance Pro delivers powerful file-level sharing capabilities by integrating Archion’s high-performance RAID storage and award-winning Vdisk with the industry leading MetaSAN™ /MetaLAN™ management software tool.

Alliance Pro’s newly released 8GB Fibre Channel infrastructure nearly doubles the throughput across both the Alliance 16-bay and 24-bay storage chassis to establish new industry performance standards for RAID-based shared media storage. Alliance Pro is available in seven different size configurations, from 8TB to 48TB.

Canvas: Primed for Demanding File-based Workflows

Accelerated storage for file-based workflows, Canvas is ideal for any facility looking to support a direct-attached, high-bandwidth requirement today, but is ready to network in the future. Canvas is designed to support 2K, 4K, 8K and RED formats while being ideal for the leading DI applications from Assimilate, Digital Vision, Iridas and Avid. With four 8GB Fibre Channel ports, sharing between multiple editors with popular file systems — like Quantum’s StorNext and Apple’s Xsan — can be easily accomplished. At NAB 2010, Archion and Quantum are demonstrating Canvas with StorNext in Archion’s Booth (SL9112).

About Archion

Archion Technologies, based in Burbank, CA, is a leading provider of intelligent networked storage solutions specifically designed for post-production and graphic professionals. 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 hundreds of TV and feature film projects and is prominently used in Avid, Apple, Adobe, Autodesk and Pro Tools environments.

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