Facilis To Debut Shared Storage Software at IBC

For the first time anywhere, IBC visitors will be able to see the latest version of the Facilis shared storage TerraBlock software. The company also has a new entry-level 16TB shared storage system and integrated asset tracking.

The version 6.5 of Facilis TerraBlock software includes new scalability features for volumes and workgroups. Specifically 'Cascading Volumes' enable expansion of storage capacity among multiple drive groups and servers, all without moving or copying data. There is support for customers wanting to incorporate capture and encode automations, along with popular edit-during-ingest workflows on Windows as well as OSX and increased user count up to 250 connected multi-platform users with no per-seat fees through the Facilis Shared File System.

Europe's chief engineers will get a chance to see the TerraBlock 24D/HA Hybrid Array in Amsterdam. This shared storage unit includes a drive group of 8 x SSDs, alongside a larger drive group of traditional 4TB SATA drives for 72TB or 80TB combined capacity. The appliance is designed to deliver the performance required for uncompressed 4K finishing, along with scale-out collaborative editorial, in the same system.

Using the TerraBlock Virtual Volume system, project-based SSD and HDD allocations can be created on the fly to meet various format and workflow requirements.

Also on show is TerraBlock 8D, an 8-drive, 16TB turnkey content creation system. Like Facilis' larger servers, this 2U rack mountable server combines the Facilis Shared File System with virtual volume workflow and performance. The 8D includes 4 x 1GbE Ports and can be upgraded to support Fibre Channel and 10Gig E connections. The TerraBlock 8D can be expanded by connecting to additional TerraBlock's as the workflow requirements increase.


Facilis FastTracker is for cataloguing, searching, viewing and accessing many media types within the Facilis TerraBlock system, including all major QuickTime, MP4 and MXF codecs, along with DPX and TARGA image sequences, to name a few. This includes custom metadata tagging, catalogue user permissions, 'Boolean' search capability and incremental indexing functionality.

Facilis will also highlight co-operative partnership agreements with Adobe, Telestream, VSN and Marquis Broadcast to simplify the integration of Facilis products within a multi-vendor technology ecosystem.

“These new products are a response to customer feedback and meet real customer needs – from a system capable of concurrent editorial and finishing workflows, to an easy way to track the terabytes of media they use, and an entry-level system for deploying in smaller workgroups,” commented James McKenna, VP of Marketing at Facilis. “Equally important are our partnerships with other leading technology vendors. We don’t operate in isolation – our aim is to ensure that our products and systems enable our partner products to work at their highest potential for our cooperative customers.”

Visit Facilis at IBC Stand 7.C10 

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