Facilis at IBC 2015: Announces European Debut of New Shared Storage and Asset Tracking Products


European launch of new 72TB high-performance SSD Hybrid system, 8-drive 16TB turnkey shared storage system (~$10K USD), and new integrated asset tracking.

Last Updated: September 11, 2015 2:36 pm GMT
(HUDSON, Massachusetts--September 11, 2015) Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage systems and dynamic workflow solutions for the film, broadcast and AV markets, is launching several new products to the European market at IBC 2015 on stand 7.C10. These include solutions for high-end and budget conscious facilities, along with a new tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a simple interface.

The TerraBlock 24D /HA Hybrid Array includes a drive group of 8 SSDs for ultra-high performance, alongside a larger drive group of traditional 4TB SATA drives for 80TB combined capacity. Since TerraBlock is a virtual volume system, facility administrators can create unique volume configurations that make the best use of the capacity and scalability of HDDs, and the consistency of speed and bandwidth inherent in SSDs. Performance derived from the SSD group can power multi-stream uncompressed 4K workloads, while the 16 drive group delivers the collaborative experience for compressed HD editorial and content creation workflows.

The new TerraBlock 8D is an 8-drive, 16TB turnkey content creation system. Like Facilis’ larger servers, this 2U rack mountable server combines the Facilis Shared File System with virtual volume workflow and performance. The 8D includes Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and can be upgraded to support Fibre Channel and 10GigE connections, making it very attractive for facilities looking for a cost effective way to use existing Fibre Channel networking.

The Facilis FastTracker is an application designed for cataloging, searching and viewing many media types within a Facilis TerraBlock Shared Storage System, including all major QuickTime, MP4 and MXF codecs, along with DPX and TARGA image sequences, to name a few. This easy-to-use system includes custom metadata tagging, catalog user permissions, “Boolean” search capability and incremental indexing functionality. With no browser-based dependencies, this application is the fastest way to find clips, view them, and bring them into a project.

Visitors to the Facilis booth will also be able to see TerraBlock software Version 6.5 that includes new scalability features for volumes and workgroups. Interoperability with third party applications has been further improved along with performance enhancements for resolution independent workflows. New features include Cascading Volumes to enable seamless expansion of storage capacity among multiple drive groups and servers, all without moving or copying data. Windows Growing File Support to help customers incorporate capture and encode automations, along with popular edit-during-ingest workflows on Windows as well as OSX and Increased User Count with up to 250 connected multi-platform users with no per-seat fees through the Facilis Shared File System.

Product Availability

The TerraBlock 24D/HA, TerraBlock 8D, Facilis FastTracker software and TerraBlock software Version 6.5 are expected by end of summer 2015.

Integration with Marquis

At IBC 2015, Facilis and Marquis Broadcast (stand 2.A58), specialists in content workflows and media integration software, will announce further integration qualifying Project Parking products with TerraBlock shared storage. As a result of this strategic partnership, Project Parking can now utilize TerraBlock storage within Avid-centric workflows, processing projects and media seamlessly. If required, Project Parking can also use the TerraBlock system as the destination storage device within an Avid workflow.

About Facilis Technology

Founded in 2003, Massachusetts-based Facilis Technology, Inc. designs and builds affordable, high-capacity, turnkey shared storage and archiving solutions for post production and content creation professionals working in the film, television, education and audio-visual markets. Its production-proven solutions are fast and intuitive – making it easier for creative professionals to collaborate and work more efficiently. Flexible, scalable and compatible with industry-standard creative solutions, Facilis’ products blend seamlessly into any studio environment boutique, mid-size or large and have been installed in more than 3,000 facilities worldwide. http://facilis.com/

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