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STORAGE UPDATE 42 POST OCTOBER 2015 ELEMENTS LAUNCHES NEW EDITION OF ELEMENTS ONE DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — Elements ( recently revealed what it says is its new and improved Elements One SAN/NAS server and stor- age application, which provides up to 360TBs of shared storage in only four rack units. Like its predecessor, the upgraded unit includes Elements' compre- hensive workflow enhancement tool set as standard, and offers the company's Media Library as an option. Elements One enables customers working in a heterogeneous storage area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS) environment to share media files natively across all platforms and nonlinear editing and VFX applications, reducing maintenance and eliminating complicated workarounds and time-consuming transcoding or copy tasks. The embedded workflow enhancement tool set consists of an intelligent task manager for customized workflow automation, a mature file manager, and a comprehensive user and rights management tool. All are standard features that are included in the new version. The entire workflow enhancement tool set provides a fully intuitive graphical user interface for ease of operation. QUANTUM SHOWCASES STORNEXT 5 WORKFLOW STORAGE PLATFORM AT IBC 2015 SAN JOSE, CA — Quantum ( recently showcased its StorNext 5 shared storage architecture at the IBC 2015 show in Amsterdam. The architecture includes high-performance online storage, extended online storage, and tape- and cloud-based archives. It supports content produc- tion, distribution and ar- chiving with the performance and reliability operations need to meet extreme production and delivery deadlines. It provides a combination of fast collabo- rative file-streaming performance with integrated intelligence to put the right data in the right place at the right time for maximum efficiency and the lowest possible cost. StorNext 5 achieves this by automatically moving data across different storage technologies while maintaining full control of the data. The company also highlighted its StorNext Pro Foundation, which offers collaborative storage for small workgroups and is a complete, integrated shared storage solution designed specifically for new users or new deploy- ments in post. It gives smaller production workgroups a powerful and attrac- tively-priced solution for managing assets from ingest to delivery to archive. The underlying StorNext 5 platform also ensures that the solution can adapt as workflows evolve so that users can ingest more content from multiple camera sources, create more content and deliver it on time while preserving owned content. It's available in configurations of 48TBs and 96TBs, which respectively support five and seven Xsan/Windows/Linux SAN clients. CROSSROADS SYSTEMS HIGHLIGHTS NEW STRONGBOX CAPABILITIES AT IBC 2015 AUSTIN, TX — Crossroads Systems, Inc. ( recently announced new StrongBox features specifically designed for the media and entertainment industry and, with its partner Marquis Broadcast (, unveiled the new capabilities at the 2015 IBC show in Amsterdam. StrongBox is a storage gateway that simplifies data management and provides cost-effective archive for media projects. The system supports up to 256 unique workflows while addressing all online, nearline and archive storage needs. By fusing high-performance storage with cost-effective LTFS tape, disk and cloud, StrongBox delivers speed and agility with the economics to fit a budget in one simple and massively-scalable solution. Features include StrongBox's new Partial File Restore that allows seg- ments of specific media files to be quickly restored. By retrieving time- code-based segments, production teams can now avoid moving whole files to find individual shots, thus minimizing the use of storage resources and speeding up the production process. StrongBox allows media pro- fessionals to access only the clip they need and avoid the hassle of sifting through hours of content on disk, tape or in the cloud. PROMISE DEBUTS CFAST 2.0 READER POD FOR PEGASUS2 R2+ MILPITAS, CA — Promise Technology (www. unveiled a new CFast 2.0 Reader Pod for its Pegasus2 R2+ at the 2015 IBC show in Amsterdam last month. With both Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 interfaces, the com- bination of Pegasus2 R2+ and the new CFast 2.0 Reader Pod provides a way to transfer 4K content from high-end cameras via CFast 2.0 media. The new CFast 2.0 Reader Pod is capable of supporting speeds up to 500MB/s, providing the throughput that professional and advanced amateur photographers and videographers need to improve the efficiency of their workflow. With Pegasus2 R2+ and the new portable Reader Pod, creative professionals working in the post production, broadcast, and photography industries can have their Thunderbolt storage ready for CFast 2.0 4K content from next-generation, high-resolution cameras and are able to access CFast 2.0 media at their desk or on the go. Pegasus2 R2+ is a Thunderbolt 2 hardware RAID 0/1 storage solution with USB 3.0 that includes two hot-swappable hard disk drives and a versatile media bay that now offers users the choice between four different interchangeable pods for convenient media exchange: a CF/SD Reader, SSD Reader, a 1TB HDD Pod and the new CFast 2.0 Reader Pod. The CFast 2.0 Reader Pod for Pegasus2 R2+ will be available in Q4 through the Promise global network of distributors and resellers. Pegasus2 R2+ with the CF/SD Reader Pod, SSD Reader Pod and HDD Pod are available now.

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