​Facilis Adds Support for Adobe and SSD

Facilis’ NAB exhibit includes updates to its TerraBlock shared storage system for content creation and post production. For Adobe Premiere Pro users, Facilis is integrating Adobe’s project management to share and collaborate on projects and associated metadata in real time. Also announced is support for user groups in the TerraBlock interface, for easier permission management.

The integration of SSD technology into TerraBlock increases the available shared bandwidth for 4K+ production workflows. Facilis is taking this a step further, and offering methods to correctly and efficiently use SSD technology in a broadcast or post workflow.

“While SSD technology continues to evolve, Facilis remains focused on best practices for post production workflows,” said James McKenna, VP of Marketing and Pre Sales at Facilis. “Simply adding high-performance SSD drives to a storage environment is not enough. Using Facilis’ virtual volume system, and hybrid approach with HDDs in a tiered design, Facilis offers proportional bandwidth and throughput equal to the requirements of the job, instead of the overly-complex SSD-caching solutions that can fail to deliver the required bandwidth when it’s most needed.”

Hardware that further optimizes the SSD performance includes 12Gbps SAS controllers, for double the throughput of 6Gbps SAS, and 32Gbps Fibre Channel, made possible with ATTO’s latest Gen 6 Host Bus Adapters. 32Gbps Fibre Channel infrastructure can remove bottlenecks between the fastest SSD storage and connected workstations.

“Facility owners are already beginning to feel the pressure to deliver more 4K+ HFR content,” said McKenna. “32Gb fibre channel delivers the fastest and lowest latency access to 4K+ HFR media that a lot of facilities are still wondering how to manage.”

“ATTO and Facilis have been working together for more than 10 years, providing affordable storage solutions for film and television production and other data-intensive work environments,” says Tim Klein, CEO of ATTO Technology. “By integrating ATTO’s Fibre Channel and SAS products with the TerraBlock storage array, we create top-of-market, industry-proven technology developed by industry veterans and backed by outstanding customer service. We’re happy to be featuring the Facilis TerraBlock 24D with our Celerity Fibre Channel HBA at NAB in Las Vegas next month, a solution which provides the 8K throughput rates required for 8K video editing today.”

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