Versatile Distribution Services Launches Integrated HP Z Workstations for the Media and Entertainment Industries


Optimized HP Turnkey Solutions for Adobe, Avid, Grass Valley, and ASSIMILATE

Last Updated: March 27, 2013 5:02 am GMT
(Marlboro, MA--March 27, 2013) Versatile Distribution Services, a division of Versatile Communications, Inc., today announced that they will be providing integrated HP Z Workstations optimized for industry-leading digital media applications including Adobe Creative Suite, Avid Media Composer and Symphony, ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, and Grass Valley EDIUS. Versatile Distribution Services will also supply reseller channel partners with other broadcast and post-production solutions, including HP DreamColor Displays and Sonnet storage.

“Versatile Distribution Services’ optimized integration services allow resellers to stay focused on revenue-generating activities,” commented Jason Quast, Managing Director, Broadcast, Versatile Distribution Services. “By providing certified, integrated HP Workstations, video I/O hardware, high performance storage, HP DreamColor Displays, and video editing and finishing software solutions, we act as a one-stop shop for our channel partners.”

“Professionals in the media and entertainment industries continually push the limits of technology and require the ultimate in performance and reliability,” said Ray Gilmartin, media and entertainment segment worldwide marketing manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “Providing integrated solutions with Versatile Distribution Services offers our customers an out-of-the-box solution that helps increase productivity and ultimately ROI.”

Versatile Distribution Services – Featured Solutions

HP Z820 Workstations set a new standard for performance and expandability. Featuring the latest Intel Xeon processors, massively scalable RAM, and five third-gen PCI Express slots, the Z820 is ideal for creative professionals at the top of their game.

Adobe Creative Suite is the ultimate collection for video producers, offering a fully-integrated toolset for screenwriting, scheduling, editing, and post-production. Integrated Adobe I/O hardware solutions from AJA and Bluefish444 deliver full-screen playback and real-time performance with Adobe’s Mercury Playback Engine.

Avid Media Composer and Symphony give artists the speed, ease, openness, and workflows they need to bring great stories to life with legendary tools and workflows for professional film and video editing, color, and mastering. Avid Open I/O solutions from AJA and Bluefish444 deliver Avid-certified, integrated video I/O.

ASSIMILATE SCRATCH is the industry-leading digital cinema engine, enabling digital cinema and broadcast artists to generate dailies, conform, color correct, and finish within a single, user-friendly, and powerful solution. Bluefish444’s Epoch|4K SuperNova video card adds integrated 4K HD-SDI and 12-bit HD-SDI preview.

Grass Valley EDIUS Pro meets the requirements of a broadcast production environment as well as an independent editor requiring the highest quality and fastest finishing. Task-specific HDSPARK and STORM hardware provide HDMI, HD/SD-SDI, and analog video/audio I/O.

Archiware’s P4 Product Family safeguards data with solutions for synchronization, disk and tape-based backup, and archiving.

Sonnet Technologies’ Fusion line of pro storage solutions includes high-performance, cost-effective desktop attached storage with advanced RAID controllers as well as rackmount 16-drive storage systems that offer great flexibility and mass storage.

HP DreamColor Displays are the gold standard color critical displays for creative professionals. Designed for professionals for whom accurate color management is essential, the DreamColor display delivers accurate and consistent color every time – at a breakthrough price.

Boris Continuum Complete is the world’s most comprehensive visual effects plug-in suite. 200+ comprehensive filters across 16 categories of effects include 3D particles, image restoration tools such as Noise Reduction and Flicker Fixer, lens flares and lights, chroma keys and mattes, color correction tools, blurs, glows, and film effects.

About Versatile Distribution Services
Based in Marlboro, MA, Versatile Distribution Services, a division of Versatile Communications, Inc., is a channel partner, solutions provider, and distributor specializing in the media and entertainment industries. Versatile Distribution Services supplies reseller channel partners with HP workstations optimized for Avid, Adobe, ASSIMILATE, and Grass Valley as well as other broadcast and post solutions, including HP DreamColor Displays and high-performance storage. For more information, visit


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