Avid Unity version 5.0 doubles up on previous version

Avid Technology’s Avid Unity

MediaNetwork 5.0 system powered by the Avid

Media Engine
,
a
streamlined, next-generation system architecture that sets a new
standard in price-performance for real-time shared storage, is being introduced at NAB.

. By
consolidating several hardware components into a single, integrated file
management system and storage server, the Avid Unity MediaNetwork 5.0
system delivers twice the performance of previous generation Avid Unity
systems while maintaining robust data resiliency

all at a new, lower price point the company says is designed to appeal to post production
facilities of any size.

The Avid Unity MediaNetwork 5.0 system is
available in scalable SD and HD configurations, both of which offer
Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) connectivity and 4 Gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel
connectivity, PC and Mac compatibility

including support for Intel-based Mac clients

as well as storage capacity that can scale from 4 to 40 terabytes (TB).

Lesley Glorioso, senior product marketing manager for Advanced Film
and Television at Avid, says,
“A small production
facility can start with a SD base configuration of 4 TB and GigE
connectivity, and easily grow the system to 40 TB of capacity. Expanding
the system with Fibre Channel capabilities

for higher-res HD and 2K workflows
– can be
accomplished in minutes by simply adding a Fibre switch and a Fibre
Channel card. And with our Open Storage Initiative, which allows
customers to connect a range of third-party PC and Mac products to Avid
shared storage, our Unity MediaNetwork 5.0 system is ideal for virtually
any kind of production environment.

Flexible Configurations for Today
’s
Diverse Shared-Storage Needs

The Avid Unity MediaNetwork 5.0 system is designed to make it easy for
post production facilities of any size to select a shared-storage system
that meets their unique needs
– and expand
the system
’s capabilities with a range of
plug-and-play components as production demands grow over time. The base
configurations include:

The Avid Media Engine
– designed for
SD workflows, offering Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, 4 TB or 8 TB of
initial storage, UnityRAID
™ data
protection, and eight client licenses. The base 16-drive configuration
supports up to four dual streams of 2:1 SD content or up to 20 lower
resolution clients in real time. The Avid Media Engine system can also
be augmented with Fibre Channel components to scale to support a total
of 46 simultaneous clients (combined GigE and Fibre Channel) and
deliver uncompressed HD or 2K resolutions.

The Avid Media Engine FC
– designed
for HD workflows, offering support for larger bandwidth HD and 2K
files via 4-Gb Fibre Channel connectivity, 4 TB or 8 TB of initial
storage, UnityRAID data protection, and eight client licenses. The
base Avid Media Engine FC supports up to seven dual streams of Avid
DNxHD
145 media or up to 15 Fibre Channel
clients working with a mix of resolutions. The system can be augmented
with an additional Fibre Channel switch to support up to 26 Fibre
Channel-attached clients; GigE connectivity can be added for a total
of 46 simultaneous clients (combined GigE and Fibre Channel). A
maximum configuration will support up to five dual streams of 8-bit
uncompressed HD material and at least two single streams of 10-bit
uncompressed HD media
– twice the
performance available with previous Avid Unity MediaNetwork systems.

Customers can increase the storage capacity of either Avid Media Engine
configuration by adding Avid MEDIArray
™ XT
storage modules in 4 or 8 TB increments. Avid also offers additional
client licenses and Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet Kits that allow
users to expand the networking capabilities of their respective SD or HD
base configurations.

Pricing & Availability

The Avid Media Engine and the Avid Media Engine FC base configurations
for version 5.0 of the Avid MediaNetwork shared-storage system start at
$24,995 USMSRP, and are expected to be available in Q2 2007 through Avid
’s
worldwide reseller network. For more information about Avid
shared-storage systems, please visit www.avid.com/storage.