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Archion’s New EditStor ES Enhances Shared Storage

To improve media workflows, Archion Technologies has introduced its new EditStor ES shared storage system.  A completely self-contained storage area network (SAN), EditStor ES takes the simplified multi-platform shared storage system of Archion’s EditStor to a new level.

With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) that starts at just $17,995, EditStor ES makes media sharing easy and affordable for creative professionals that work with Final Cut Studio, Avid Media Composer, Adobe CS5, Sony Vegas and other popular media creation tools.  EditStor ES includes several new features that are 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.

“There’s much more than just storing, creating and sharing with our new, completely feature-rich EditStor ES solution,” said James Tucci, Chief Technology Officer of Archion.  “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.”

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.

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EditStor ES is loaded with rich media management tools, such as volume expansion, which enables users to 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 (available Q3), 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.

EditStor ES comes standard with hardware RAID protection and four ports of 1 GigE, which can either be directly connected to four clients or to a standard Ethernet switch.  These four ports provide up to 400 Megabytes (MB)/second bandwidth, and the addition of an optional second four-port GigE card or a single 10Gb Ethernet card significantly increases bandwidth up to 800 MB/second and 1000 MB/second, respectively.

With these throughput figures, EditStor ES easily supports compressed workflows, including DNxHD, ProRes and QuickTime protocols, and can be configured to support uncompressed SD or HD workflows.

http://www.archion.com/

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