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Page 45 of 51 44 POST JUNE 2015 PRODUCTS: STORAGE PANASAS TARGETING M&E WITH ACTIVESTOR SUNNYVALE, CA — Panasas (www.panasas. com) is making serious inroads into the media & entertainment space, with sales to Chainsaw, Deluxe and Asylum En- tertainment. According to Pana- sas' new VP of industry marketing, David Sallak, the company plans to continue that push with its ActiveStor solution, which is designed for studios that need high-performance storage for 25 or more users. Sallak says ActiveStor leverages the Panasas PanFS parallel file system to deliver no compromise performance, manageability and reliability that can improve with scale. The 4RU shelf houses a combination of 11 blades. The Di- rector Blade serves to manage metadata, while the Storage Blades combine throughput and capacity. ActiveStor also takes advantage of the decreasing cost of 10Gb Ethernet, allowing users to access multiple high-resolution streams. Each ActiveStor shelf is capable of providing 122.4TBs of storage. Sallak says Linux-based platforms can benefit the most from ActiveStor's performance, including solutions from FilmLight and Autodesk, as well as renderfarms. A base model costs approximately $45K, and Panasas is cur- rently offering a number of promotions. — BY MARC LOFTUS ATTO DEMO'S 'BRING YOUR OWN WORKBOOK' AMHERST, NY — ATTO ( recently offered attendees live demonstrations of its "Bring Your Own Workbook" solution at the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The demo featured a portable workbook solution using Thunderbolt 2 connectivity that provides media pros seeking access to stor- age with a mobile opportunity for data migration from field to studio for both Mac and Windows. The first demo streamed video from a NetGear ReadyDA- TA NAS and NetApp FAS through an ATTO ThunderLink NS 2102 to an Apple Mac Pro running Avid Media Composer. The second demo showed an ATTO ThunderStream SC 4808 connected to an HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation to both a CI Design JBOD containing HGST Mainstream Endurance SSDs and an HP StorageWorks Ultrium 3000 LTO5 SAS tape drive. IOMETER benchmark tests showed how the ThunderStream maintains a high level of throughput, something it does consistently, even during drive rebuilds. PROMISE RELIEVES BOTTLENECKS WITH SANLINK2 MILPITAS, CA — Promise Technology ( introduced the SANLink2 Thunderbolt 2 bridge adapter at the 2015 NAB Show in April. The solution is designed to serve as a Thunderbolt 2 Fibre Channel/Ethernet bridge that maximizes the available line rate of Thunderbolt 2. The SANLink2 features dual 16Gb Fibre Channel or 10Gb Ethernet ports and dual 20Gb Thunderbolt 2 ports with DisplayPort and daisy-chain sup- port. It supports OS X and Windows, and helps to eliminate bottlenecks for portable and desktop systems that were once unable to connect directly to Fibre Channel SAN. The MSRP for the SANLink2 16G FC is $1,099. Promise also showed the Pegasus2 R2+ Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution, which allows users to rapidly ingest files from off-site projects and edit at Thunderbolt 2 speeds. Those users without Thunderbolt connectivity can still connect via USB 3.0. A 6TB system with SD/CF card readers was also introduced at NAB. The MSRP for the Pegasus2 R2+ is $749. FACILIS DEBUTS NEW SHARED-STORAGE AND ASSET-TRACKING SOLUTIONS HUDSON, MA — Facilis ( recently announced several new offerings for both high-end and budget-conscious facilities. The TerraBlock 24D/HA Hybrid Array includes a drive group of eight SSDs for ultra-high performance, alongside a larger drive group of traditional 4TB SATA drives for 72TBs of combined capacity. Performance derived from the SSD group can power multi-stream uncompressed 4K workloads, while the 16-drive group delivers a collaborative experience for compressed HD editorial and content creation workflows. The new TerraBlock 8D is an eight-drive, 16TB turnkey content creation sys- tem. The 2U rack-mountable server includes Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and can be upgraded to support Fibre Channel and 10GigE connections, making it a cost-effective way to use existing Fibre Channel networking. TerraBlock 8D retails for under $10K. The Facilis FastTracker is a comprehensive application for cataloging, searching and viewing many media types within the Facilis TerraBlock shared storage system, including all major QuickTime, MP4 and MXF codecs, along with DPX and Targa image sequences.

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