NAB 2016: G-Technology offers new NAS solution for content creators

NAB 2016: G-Technology offers new NAS solution for content creators

New 12-bay G-RACK 12 enables teams of creative professionals to streamline media and entertainment workflows with the reliability, scalability, and studio-friendly technology you’d expect from the trusted G-Technology brand.


G-Technology, a trusted premium storage solutions provider, today announced its new G-RACK 12 network attached storage (NAS) solution – its first NAS-based device that enhances its award-winning product portfolio for content creation professionals worldwide. This along with a sneak peek of new technology demonstrations and the latest G-Technology products will be on display at NAB, April 18-21, in Las Vegas, Booth SL6005.

“From our flexible Evolution Series and high-capacity, high-performance portable G-SPEED Shuttle XL to our new 12-bay G-RACK 12 NAS solution, G-Technology offers one of the broadest storage portfolios for virtually any audio, video or content creation workflow,” said Mike Williams, vice president of marketing, G-Technology. “Our goal is to continue to optimize efficiencies in pre- and post- production workflows, so whether you’re working on a TV commercial, a corporate video, or major motion picture, we can help you through the most demanding production environments, while delivering capacity, reliability, performance and style.”

The G-RACK 12 streamlines demanding media and entertainment video workflows, including 4K and above resolution, with a scalable 12-bay server offering capacities up to 120TB. Its reliability, high-performance, and centralized storage capabilities are perfect for small-to-medium size post-production houses, TV/broadcast studios, ad agencies, and in-house creative departments using Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer or other creative applications. An optional expansion chassis is available for expanding up to another 120TB of storage. The G-RACK 12 is the ideal storage solution for collaboration, utilizing quad 10-gigabit Ethernet connections for high-speed data transfers, saving both time and money.

“The G-RACK 12’s wickedly fast read/write speeds make it an unparalleled NAS option for professional environments, and its intuitive OS server interface allows us to get our entire department working off the G-RACK the same morning we unboxed it, all without hiring a specialist,” said Ted Pacult, post production supervisor for Documentary Now.

The G-RACK 12 incorporates a G-Technology-developed NAS operating system with BTRfs file system, with an easy-to-use graphical interface, removing the complexity of typical NAS administrative systems. The 12-bay, expandable units incorporate enterprise hard drives and are available in 48TB, 72TB, 96TB, and 120TB storage capacities.

“RED Studios Hollywood is constantly looking for the latest storage innovations, such as the G-RACK 12,” stated Jarred Land, president of RED Digital Cinema. “The 10-gigabit network speeds and ability to work within our Adobe, Final Cut Pro, and Avid ecosystems makes our G-RACK 12 an extremely valuable asset.”

G-RACK 12 pricing varies depending on capacity and configuration. You can pre-order G-RACK here.

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NAB 2016: Avid announce NEXIS storage at Avid Connect

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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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 extend ISIS trade-in and add new Final Cut seat swap scheme

Avid extend ISIS trade-in and add new Final Cut seat swap scheme

Anyone who thought they’d missed the deadline to take advantage of Avid’s ISIS shared storage trade-in offer, which lets your trade in your existing Unity or LANshare seats for discounts on ISIS units, will be pleased to hear that the deadline has been extended.

Avid ISIS 5000

You now have until March 15th 2013 to hand over your old shared storage and receive a shiny new Avid ISIS 5000 in return, complete with FlexDrive resource management, support for simultaneous access to shared files and compatibility with Adobe’s Premiere Pro and Apple’s Final Cut Pro in case any of your artists need to retain their non-Avid workstations.

However, if you’ve decided to leave FCP for Media Composer, you’ll be pleased to hear that anyone who’s crossgraded ten or more seats can now get themselves an ISIS 5000-32TB Primary engine with a year of ExpertPlus support and hardware support from Avid for just £35,900 ex VAT. Alternatively you can get an ISIS 5000-32TB Primary Engine with a year of Elite support for £36,900 ex VAT if you’re prone to breaking things and would prefer to have more comprehensive cover.

Not ready for shared storage? 

Get Avid Symphony and Mojo DX for £3999 ex VAT

Get Avid Symphony and Nitris DX for £5799 ex VAT

You can also pick up a great deal on individual seats of Symphony. Pick up Symphony 6.5 with a Mojo DX for just £3999 ex VAT (that’s 40% off!) or with a Nitris DX for just £5799 ex VAT (also 40% less than usual). That means you get all the functionality of Media Composer, plus secondary colour correction tools, the Boris Continuum Complete plug-in collection, universal mastering tools and your choice of reliable I/O device, all without making your accountant weep. Who says no to that?

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