NAB 2017: EditShare will showcase ‘small business friendly’ EFS 200 and EFS 300 servers

NAB 2017: EditShare will showcase ‘small business friendly’ EFS 200 and EFS 300 servers

EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced the introduction of the XStream EFS 200 and XStream EFS 300 storage products.

Like other XStream EFS products, these new products are based on the EditShare File System and provide dynamic performance and impressive fault tolerance while streamlining administrative tasks and providing a plug-and-play upgrade path. Unlike other XStream EFS products, however, the new EFS 200 and EFS 300 are the first to provide the option of starting with a simple, affordable and scalable single node solution that also includes the Flow Media Asset Management and Ark Media Archive applications.

This combination of complete workflow support, right-sized capacity and cutting-edge scale-out storage features is ideal for equipping small or emerging media operations and can also become their long-term enterprise grade shared storage platform.

“Obviously, developing an easy-to-manage, high-performance, fault-tolerant scalable shared storage platform that scales out to meet the capacity and bandwidth needs of a typical media enterprise isn’t an easy task. Perhaps even more difficult is the task of developing one that also scales in to meet the needs of small or emerging video companies,” comments Bill Thompson, EditShare storage product manager. “Our new XStream EFS 200 and EFS 300 are a great option for the thousands of smaller companies where a multi-node cluster is simply overkill for their needs.”

The premium XStream EFS storage platform is a powerful, distributed, scale-out file system combined with a highly resilient architecture, specifically developed for media intensive workflows. It’s designed from the ground up to support large-scale workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multi-platform distribution of HD, 2k, 4k and beyond. Whether a one-node or multi-node system, every XStream EFS model can easily be expanded to increase capacity and bandwidth. For ease of use and administration, all XStream EFS systems present a single namespace, regardless of the system size. And unlike many SAN storage solutions, the performance of XStream EFS does not decrease as storage use increases. Its continual optimal performance and outstanding reliability are backed by RAID 6 technology.

Single Node, all-in-one introductory bundle
For a limited time, EditShare is including a free All-in-One upgrade with the first Single Node EFS system purchased at any site (but only one per facility). A value of up to 13,000.00 USD, the EditShare All-in-One kit includes the extra RAM needed to run Flow, Ark and EFS metadata functions all in one box, plus Flow and Ark software.

XStream EFS 200 configuration options
The XStream EFS 200 is a single-node configuration with 12 enterprise-grade HDDs offering 24, 48, 64, 96 or 128 TB of raw storage capacity in a 2U space saving form factor. The XStream EFS 200 is “EFS Native Client” compatible. Client workstations connect via a lightning-fast, multi-threaded client to achieve a performance boost of 20% or more compared to legacy SMB and AFP network protocols. In addition to media management capabilities like advanced project sharing, the XStream EFS 200 ships with five Flow production asset management licenses and an Ark archiving application. For a full description of the XStream EFS 200 model, please visit http://www.editshare.com/products/xstream-efs-200.

XStream EFS 300 Configuration
For customers who need greater capacity and lower cost per TB (usable) than is available with XStream EFS 200, they can step into the XStream EFS 300. Equipped with 16 drives, the XStream EFS provides 28, 56, 84, 112 or 140 TB of usable capacity in a 3U chassis. Along with increased capacity, the EFS 300 has additional processor power delivering increased bandwidth capability and stream counts. Like the EFS 200 series, the EFS 300 is “EFS Native Client” compatible and benefits from a performance boost of 20% or more compared to legacy SMB and AFP network protocols. In addition to media management capabilities such as advanced project sharing, the XStream EFS 300 ships with 10 Flow production asset management licenses and an Ark archiving application. For a full description of the XStream EFS 300 model, please visit http://www.editshare.com/products/xstream-efs-300.

NAB 2017 attendees can book a private demonstration with an EditShare expert to discuss their shared storage needs and how EditShare solutions can help at: http://www.editshare.com/book-nab-demo.

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Zeiss talk new Batis lenses from NAB 2016

Zeiss talk new Batis lenses from NAB 2016

If you’re after the lowdown on all new Zeiss’s lenses, then look no further. We caught up with Zeiss’ Luke Tait who talked all about the shiny new Batis range and NAB 2016.

Jigsaw24: It’s an exciting time for Zeiss!

Luke: It is, there’s a lot to talk about.

So let’s get right to it, how does the Batis 2.8/18 fit in with the rest of the Zeiss Batis range?

Well, the 18mm Batis is the widest full frame prime lens currently available. With its extremely wide 99 degree field of view, it is well suited for astrophotography, interior and architectural photography.

Batis is a bit of an odd name, where did that come from?

Just like the other families of Zeiss lenses, Batis is the latin name for a species of bird. Batis (pronounced BAT-iss) is a genus of passerine in the wattle-eye family – it’s found south of the Sahara. 

So just how important is the OLED display to show the focus distance and depth of field?

The OLED display is very useful as it gives information on the distance to the subject and depth of field. Once you’ve used it, you won’t want to go back.

How do you think the lens was received at NAB?

The lenses were received very well. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the lenses when we were in Vegas, from both photographers and videographers. We were very pleased with the warm reception we got at NAB.  

What do you think sets the Batis range apart from other, similar lenses?

First off, the Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 are the very first full-frame autofocus lenses with an OLED display. Not only that, but the new Batis lenses are built for professional use, with extremely durable construction and excellent sharpness. It’s everything you could want, and it’s pioneering a new era.

So, tell us, when can we get our hands on one?

The lenses have already started to ship!

You can find Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 lenses over at our store. If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

NAB 2016: NDI Source set to make a splash

NAB 2016: NDI Source set to make a splash

With so much hardware and software lined-up for the big event, we’re starting to get really excited for NAB 2016. One thing we’re particularly excited about is NDI Source. 

NDI is already shaping up to be a big hitter at NAB this year, and now BlackMagic Video Interfaces can upgrade to join the IP Video party.

NDI Source, from broadcast pros Sienna, is the latest NDI offering. Source uses BlackMagic Design interfaces like UltraStudio Mini Recorder on a Mac, to convert your baseband SDI or HDMI source into an ultra low latency, high quality NDI stream. With Source, streams are now compatible with any NDI device (such as NewTek TriCaster and VMix), with other other devices being announced every day as we lead up to NAB. Simply put, NDI Source allows video editing and production work to be carried out over IP networks. 

A Demo version of NDI Source for BMD is available for compatibility and performance testing if and when required. If you want to take NDI Source for a spin yourself, head over to the Mac App Store. 

For all the latest NDI and NAB news, keep it here with us. We’ll be covering official announcements, tech and more in the run up to the event.

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