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Page 14 of 43 13 POST JANUARY 2017 STORAGE NEWS HUDSON, MA — Facilis ( is seeing strong growth in sales throughout 2016 in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Recently, the company announced a number of new high-pro- file customer installations of its TerraBlock shared storage systems. These include Philippines-based ABS-CBN Corporation iPost (Integrated Post Production), which purchased four TerraBlock 24D Hybrid 24 systems, as well as Facilis' first ever Hong Kong-based customer, Taoist religious and cultural broadcaster, Fung Ying Seen Koon (FYSK) (pictured). In both of these customer projects, the active support of local channel partners was an import- ant factor. With ABS-CBN, the order was secured by Facilis, working in partnership with local au- thorized reseller, Singapore and Philippines-based Media Village. How the TerraBlock system supports the production facility's network of 30 Avid Media Composer workstations working together collab- oratively was specified and designed by Media Village's team of workflow designers. "We evaluated several other shared storage systems prior to making our decision and the Facilis TerraBlock out-performed all of its rivals," says Jessie Yamzon, the head of post production at iPost. "Price and per- formance combined with its ease of maintenance were major factors that also led to the decision." At FYSK, the input of Facilis' newly acquired local channel partner was equally strategic. Central to this project is Pictures Planes, a Hong Kong-based systems integration specialist which has helped FYSK redesign, construct and commission the TV channel's new IT and broadcast infrastructure, studio and production facilities. Pictures Planes has become a Facilis Channel Partner and it is experiencing significant interest for the TerraBlock product from many of its established customers. "We are impressed with TerraBlock," comments Francis Yeung, director of product and marketing at Pictures Planes. "It is a flexible and stable shared storage system that is well suited to the dynamic and competitive Hong Kong market. We are optimistic of further major sales in the months to come." Simultaneously, Facilis recently announced new customer installations within the Indian subcontinent. It has announced the completion of a project that sees its TerraBlock shared storage system supporting a network of eight Avid edit suites, establishing nonlinear workflows at Indian international broadcaster, Powervision TV, a sat- ellite TV channel with its own studio complex and play-out station based in Tiruvalla in Southern India's Kerala State. FACILIS SEES INCREASED GROWTH IN ASIAN REGIONS IDC NAMES DDN A GLOBAL LEADER IN OBJECT STORAGE SANTA CLARA, CA — IDC (International Data Corporation) (www., global provider of market intelligence, advisory services and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets, has once again named DataDirect Networks (DDN) ( as a leader in object storage in its IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2016 Vendor Assessment. This marks the fourth year that DDN has been ranked as a leader in object storage by the IDC MarketScape report. DDN's suite of WOS object storage solutions includes the WOS7000 and WOS8460 appliances; and WOS as software-only, saw strong traction and exceeded 10 percent of all WOS customers in the past year. Leveraging its HPC expertise and continuous object storage innovations, DDN WOS is making it radically easier for IT organizations to realize object storage efficiencies across expanded use cases, such as active archive, collaborative communities and replacing legacy backup infrastructure. The report highlights DDN's experience with high-performance computing workloads and its diversified portfolio that offers numerous new products tailored toward specific verticals such as MediaScaler for media and entertainment. Incredible weather shot on DCI 4K by cinematographer Martin Lisius. Licensed for feature films, commercials and docs. Only at StormStock® Tel. 817.276.9500

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