EditShare, makers of shared storage and media management solutions, has introduced 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 fault tolerance while streamlining administrative tasks and providing a plug-and-play upgrade path. Unlike other XStream EFS products, the new EFS 200 and EFS 300 are the first to provide the option of starting with an 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 scale-out storage is suited for small or emerging media operations that can add as they grow.
“Obviously, developing an easy-to-manage, high-performance, fault-tolerant scale-out 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,” says EditShare storage product manager Bill Thompson. “Our new XStream EFS 200 and EFS 300 are great options 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 distributed scale-out file system combined with an architecture that is 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 multiplatform 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. Also, the performance of XStream EFS does not decrease as storage use increases. It’s continual optimal performance and outstanding reliability are backed by RAID-6 technology.
XStream EFS 200 Configuration
The XStream EFS 200 is a single-node configuration with 12 enterprise-grade HDDs offering 24, 48TB, 64TB, 96TB or 128TB 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 percent 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.
XStream EFS 300 Configuration
For studios that need greater capacity and lower cost per TB (usable) than is available with XStream EFS 200, they can step up to the XStream EFS 300. Equipped with 16 drives, the XStream EFS provides 28TB, 56TB, 84TB, 112TB or 140TB of usable capacity in a 3U chassis. Along with increased capacity, the EFS 300 has additional processor power offering 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 percent 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.