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hybrid array and other new shared storage.

Facilis Shared Storage and Asset Tracking Scales Up Performance & Capacity

TheFacilis FastTrackeris a new tracking application that combines search, management and access to project assets through a simple interface. The company showed it at NAB with their upcomingTerraBlock software Version 6.5and other new TerraBlock shared storage hardware and workflow systems for film, broadcast and audio visual facilites. The new equipment suits both budget conscious and larger organisations.

TheTerraBlock 24D/HA Hybrid Arraycomprises a high performance drive group of eight SSDs, alongside a larger drive group of  traditional 4TB SATA drives for 72TB combined capacity. Since TerraBlock is a virtual volume system, facility administrators can create custom volume configurations that make the best use of the capacity and scalability of HDDs, and the consistency of speed and bandwidth inherent in SSDs. Performance derived from the SSD group can power multi-stream uncompressed 4K workloads, while the 16 drive group supports collaborative work for compressed HD editorial and content creation workflows.


The newTerraBlock 8Dis 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 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and can be upgraded to support Fibre Channel and 10GigE connections, making it a good option for facilities looking for a cost effective way to use existing Fibre Channel networking. The TerraBlock 8D retails for less than US$10K.

The FacilisFastTrackeris a comprehensive application for cataloging, searching and viewing varied media types held within the Facilis TerraBlock Shared Storage System, including all major QuickTime, MP4 and MXF codecs, DPX and TARGA image sequences, and others. This system includes custom metadata tagging, catalog user permissions, Boolean search capability and incremental indexing functionality. With no browser-based dependencies, this application is designed as fast way to find clips, view them and bring them into a project.

TerraBlock version 6.5softwarehas new scaling functionality for volumes and workgroups. Interoperability with third party applications has been improved with performance upgrades for resolution independent workflows. The supported user count is increased to up to 250 connected multi-platform users with no per-seat fees through the Facilis Shared File System.

Cascading volumesexpand a facility’s storage capacity among multiple drive groups and servers, without moving or copying data.Windows growing file supporthelps incorporate capture and encode automations, and makes edit-during-ingest workflows possible on both Windows and OSX.

The TerraBlock 24D/HA, TerraBlock 8D, Facilis FastTracker software and TerraBlock software Version 6.5 will all become available beforemid-2015.