Moving from Avid ISIS | 1000 to NEXIS | PRO? Here’s what we know…

Moving from Avid ISIS | 1000 to NEXIS | PRO? Here’s what we know…

As you’ve probably heard, Avid have announced that they’re launching the NEXIS family of shared storage products and phasing out the ISIS range. The smaller ISIS | 1000 has be rebranded and given a software update to become the NEXIS | PRO!

For those of you who were about to buy an ISIS | 1000, have just bought an ISIS | 1000 or have based your entire storage setup around the ISIS | 1000, this might have been slightly unwelcome news, but actually the move to NEXIS seems pretty simple. Here’s what you need to know.

Are ISIS | 1000 and NEXIS | PRO hardware that different? 

No. Actually they’re identical. The difference is that existing ISISes (ISIii?) run v5 ISIS control software, whereas NEXIS | PRO systems will ship with v6 NEXIS software. If you have an Avid Support subscription, you’ll get v6 NEXIS software as a free update via your Avid Master Account as soon as it’s released, effectively turning your ISIS | 1000 into a NEXIS | PRO.

But it’ll still say ISIS on. 

If this really bothers you, you can order a new bezel from Avid, so that your storage has the right name on.

I’ve got an ISIS | 1000 unit in the post. Will I actually receive a NEXIS? 

No. Avid are clearing their stock of ISIS | 1000, so if you have just placed an order then you’ll receive an ISIS unit and a NEXIS sticker to put on the bezel should you wish to do so. The ISIS | 1000 will run v5 ISIS software out of the box, and you can update it to NEXIS software via your Avid Master Account as soon as the update is released.

Can I connect NEXIS and ISIS | 1000 units? 

According to the Avid FAQ, “You can simultaneously connect clients to both Avid ISIS and Avid NEXIS systems in your workflow using the Avid NEXIS 6.0 client software. However, ISIS storage engines cannot be physically mixed with Avid NEXIS storage engines in the same system to form one pool of storage.” NEXIS units can be added to your current ISIS VLAN.

Can I use NEXIS | PRO and NEXIS Enterprise systems together? 

Similar to the above. PRO and Enterprise systems can’t be combined to create a single pool of storage.

But I can combine multiple PRO systems? 

You can combine up to four PRO systems to create an 80TB pool of storage, but this pool can’t be combined with any of the larger NEXIS Enterprise systems.

Do other applications already work with NEXIS? 
MediaCentral Platform applications do (that includes Media Composer, Pro Tools and Interplay), plus third party solutions including Premiere Pro, FCP X and EDIUS. NEXIS will work with Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

What protection do I get against drive failures? 

Again, we’re going to hand over to Avid to field this one:

“With the release of Avid NEXIS 6.0 there are three Workspace Protection types offered:

Two Drive Protection – 2 parity blocks are written for each stripe of data – RAID 6 Fashion. This allows for two media drives to fail within a Media Pack (10 drives) before media is not recoverable.

One Drive Protection – 1 parity block is written for each stripe of data – RAID 5 Fashion. This allows for 1 media drive to fail within a Media Pack (10 drives) before media is not recoverable.

Unprotected – No parity blocks are written – RAID 0 Fashion. Any drive failure will cause data loss

IMPORTANT: A failed media drive should be replaced without shutting down the system.

Avid NEXIS is “Media Aware” – Only the actual media on the drives will be rebuild, reducing rebuild times.”

What should I do if I still have questions? 

Get in touch with our Avid-accredited engineers, who can help you plan your move to NEXIS, or help you configure any new units you have one the way.

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AVID | ISIS qualified for NewTek TriCaster and 3Play

AVID | ISIS qualified for NewTek TriCaster and 3Play

Avid’s ISIS | 5500 is the leading collaborative storage for a wide range of post-production and broadcast workflows, and is now qualified for live production with TriCaster and 3Play 4800. Using ISIS | 5500 as the recording drive for live sessions enables media to be immediately available to a variety of devices simultaneously including editors, transcoders and playout.

TriCaster 8000

Now, as an Avid Elite Partner for storage and a NewTek partner with one of the UK’s few certified trainers on staff, we’re obligated to get incredibly excited by news from either of these two, but according to Avid’s official press statement (and the aforementioned TriCaster trainer), this is legitimately awesome for anyone looking to record large-scale live broadcasts. Here are the official details of the test:

Avid ISIS | 5500 was tested with single and mirrored TriCaster 8000s. The mirrored configuration opens up a number of new workflows providing higher scale and redundancy for multi-screen productions. ISIS | 5500 enables the mirrored TriCasters to playback the same streams simultaneously. 3Play 4800 is NewTek’s leading integrated sports production solution, adding ISIS collaborative storage enables more creative workflows to deliver a more compelling experience for broadcasters, pro leagues and venues.

The combination of ISIS | 5500 and the NewTek portfolio allows up to eight streams to be recorded and simultaneously, play two streams and receive two channels of graphics simultaneously, with the added benefit of being able to instantaneously share and monetise your content. Gigabit Ethernet provides high speed, reliable connectivity between NewTek and ISIS. Qualified products include ISIS | 5500 and ISIS | 7500 and the NewTek TriCaster 8000, 860, 460, 410. Simply install the ISIS client on NewTek TriCaster Pro or 3Play and configure it to login and mount the required ISIS workspaces.

ISIS | 5500 is the leading collaborative media storage choice for facilities and workgroups. ISIS | 5500 scales in increments of 16, 32 or 64TB of capacity and delivers multiple GBs per second of throughput. The ISIS File System includes a number of patented mechanisms to provide predictable, reliable performance to multiple simultaneous connections. Predictable multi-stream performance as delivered by ISIS | 5500 is especially important in these live-to-air and fast turnaround workflows.

Avid ISIS | 5500 is now qualified through the NewTek Developer Network. Avid ISIS | 5500 and NewTek TriCaster and 3Play are available now.

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Avid qualify new HP Z840 workstations

Avid qualify new HP Z840 workstations

We realise this blog can get a bit Mac-heavy, so here’s some good news for PC users: Avid have qualified (and released configuration guidelines for) HP’s latest generation of Dual 8, 10 and 12-Core Z840 workstations.  

“The new HP Z840s use the latest in component architecture, including the new Xeon v3 and DDR4 memory,” explained our specialist Joshua Mace when we asked why this was exciting.

“These upgraded parts allow users to take advantage of higher frequency memory – up to 2133 MHz at the moment – and can support up 512 GB of memory for the absolute ultimate workstation. The new Xeon v3 processors can go all the way up to 36 processing cores using two 18-Core processors. The Z840 is also available with up to 512GB storage if you use the HP Z Turbo Drive (an ultra fast PCIe SSD based on Samsung’s M.2 technology), leaving space for four 3.5 drives.”

“We’ve already had interest in the 840 systems from some of the major facilities in the UK, for both editing and VFX work. The upgrades from previous Z-Series systems are significant and are going to really boost your capabilities for high resolution work in both your edit and compositing pipelines,” said our Avid specialist Jamie Allan.

“It’s great that Avid have qualified the 840 so quickly after release. We’re certain the smaller 440 will be hot on its heals in the new year so we can look at having a fully upgraded range of PC editing systems. Of course if you want to have a look at the new systems before investing and see how it will affect your workflows, get in touch to book a demo in our Soho facility.’

Media Composer 7, Media Composer 8 and NewsCutter 11 have all been qualified for machines running Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1, as are the Nitris DX, Mojo DX and ISIS storage units. You can see Avid’s full config guide here.

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