NAB 2016: Avid announce NEXIS storage at Avid Connect

AVID today have announced a number of new and updated products at their Avid Connect event, prior to the NAB show which begins on Monday. One of the major headlines is a series of new storage systems, called NEXIS, building on the same hardware and operating system used with the ISIS 1000, launched last year, which is now renamed the NEXIS | Pro.


NAB 2016 Avid Storage Announcement



– NEXIS storage comes in three system architectures – the 2U Pro model is a rebranding of the ISIS 1000, the NEXIS E2 and E4 are the new models coming in at 2U and 4U sizes.
– 400MB/s per 10 drive media pack. 2TB and 6 TB drive sizes in the E2 and E4 models.
– 2U system director available for E2 and E4 models to allow management of up to 330 active edit clients, 20 million files, and 5-24 media packs.
– E2/E4 based workgroup scaleable to 1.44PB using 24 media packs.
– The E2 (and E4) use more powerful and advanced system controllers than the Pro model which allows them to be more scaleable and provide more bandwidth.


The Pro model is essentially the same hardware platform as the ISIS 1000 was, but with the latest v6.0 NEXIS software. Customers under support contract with Avid will have this software update available in their Avid Master Account and we can provide certified engineering services to come and assist you with your upgrade path to take advantage of the NEXIS platform.
You can combine up to 4 Pro engines in a single workgroup environment providing up to 80TB RAW capacity.

A single E2 can be configured with either 20TB or 60TB RAW capacity depending on media pack, and can be expanded with up to four other E2 chassis providing 1.6GB/s bandwidth and up to 240TB RAW capacity before you are required to add the System Director Appliance to manage your storage. The E2 has modular, hot swappable controller capabilities allowing for simple field replacement of hardware. Redundant controllers will be available soon and configured with a software update.
The E4 chassis provides the most flexibility and expansion capability as it can be purchased half-populated with a single 10-disk media pack, and gives the most potential redundancy options with two hot-spare drive bay options. Fully populated the E4 can provide up to 120TB RAW capacity and 800MB/s, two chassis can be combined using the embedded system director before you are required to add a separate SDA.
The E4 will also be available with a redundant controller soon.
The sperate System Director Appliance is required for managing large workgroups where a more powerful head system is required to manage the increased potential file count, workgroup sizes etc. When you are running over 4 media packs (not chassis – media pack is defined as per 10 drives of any capacity) you are required to integrate the SDA into your system. So with the SDA you can manage 5-24 media packs, either as a combination of 24 NEXIS E2 or 12 NEXIS E4 (fully populated) with up to 1.44PB of RAW capacity.
It is a 2U appliance which will also have the redundant controller option soon as we as enabling high availability mirroring and failover options in multi-chassis environments.
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