Facilis Technology: Shared Storage Solutions

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Facilis Wins Product of the Year in Storage Category

NAB Show Product of the Year Awards recognise the most significant and promising new products and technologies on display for the first time at the NAB Show. Award winners were selected by a panel of industry experts in a variety of categories and were announced at a reception at the Westgate on April 10 as part of the 2019 NAB Show. “The recipients of NAB Show’s Product of the Year Awards represent the most significant advances and promising technologies revolutionising the way content is created, managed, monetised and distributed,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown.

Facilis Object Cloud & FastTracker

This is the combination that got so much buzz at the show, everyone was coming by to see what object storage on the desktop really looks like, and they were surprised to see something very familiar, and very powerful!

Object Cloud virtualizes Cloud storage and LTO into a cache volume on the server, available on the client desktops through the Facilis Shared File System. When combined with FastTracker auto-indexing and proxy generation, this is a very powerful way to archive, track and restore project data through a simple, familiar interface. The object storage cache looks and acts like any other volume, but has infinite storage behind it!


Promotions

Customer Loyalty “Trade-In” – 20% off, up to US$7500

While every Facilis Shared Storage unit is designed to withstand the test of time, we reward loyal customers with trade-in promotions that allow them to reap the benefits of our latest system iteration at a reduced rate. We’re currently offering the following promotion:

Version 7 is not compatible with any TerraBlock server sold prior to June, 2011 (serial numbers before 01418). Any TerraBlock model can be traded in for a 20%-off credit (up to US$7500 for single-server, and up to US$12,500 for HUB One Stack) toward the cost of a new Facilis HUB 16 (96TB or greater), HUB 32, HUB Hybrid or HUB One Stack system. Increased credit offer ends June 30, 2019.

Competitive Product “Trade-Up” Promotion

Receive 15% off, up to US$5,000.00, on any Facilis HUB 16 (96TB or greater), HUB 32, HUB Hybrid or HUB One Stack system when you trade-in an Avid ISIS, XSAN/Quantum StoreNext, SNS EVO, or Editshare system in operation in the last 12 months. Increased credit offer ends June 30, 2019.

TerraBlock Chassis Upgrade Promotion

For systems over 5 years in service, Trade-in is recommended to access new Facilis HUB models and full system hardware warranty. For customers without budget for trade-in, or with newer HDDs installed in older chassis, TerraBlock 5U chassis upgrade promotion is offered for a limited time.

As of Facilis Shared Storage version 8 (Q4 2019), serial number 01936 and lower will become ineligible for new software upgrades, as the chassis hardware will not be supported on Windows 10. Promotional offer includes:

Replacement 5U TerraBlock Chassis US$7,999 (normally US$12,000).
Includes a 1-year Software Support Agreement (US$1,990 value)
Includes 1-year Hardware warranty on the chassis

*Replacement chassis hardware warranty renewal is limited to 3 years from date of purchase


Facilis HUB

Facilis HUB Shared Storage is an industry-leading collaborative system dedicated to post-production video editing and content creation workflows. The Facilis Shared File System included with every HUB server easily accommodates the most complex multi-platform environments and enables collaboration among diverse applications and image formats. With Facilis HUB, deliver 4K film colour grading to low-bitrate craft editorial in a scaled environment. Facilis HUB provides the performance to get the job done. Look through our video storage servers and all of the features they offer.

Facilis 8

Facilis 8 – Our entry level system dedicated to post-production video editing and content creation workflows.

8 HDDs on 12Gb SAS Controller
Facilis 8 Capacities: 32TB; 48TB; 64TB; 96TB
Benchmark: 1GB/sec

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Facilis HUB 16

Facilis HUB 16

16 HDDs on 12Gb SAS Controller
HUB 16 Capacities: 64TB; 96TB; 128TB; 192TB
Benchmark: 2GB/sec

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Facilis HUB 32

Facilis HUB 32

16 HDD on Internal 12Gb SAS Controller
16 HDD on External 12Gb SAS Controller
Capacities: 128TB; 192TB; 256TB; 384TB
Benchmark: 3GB/sec

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Facilis HUB Hybrid 16

Facilis Hub Hybrid 16 – The HUB Hybrid 16 offers advanced SSD technology with an integrated, high capacity HDD-based group at a much lower cost than previous Hybrid models.

8 HDD & 8 SSD on 12Gb SAS Controllers
Capacities: 80TB; 96TB; 112TB; 128TB
Benchmark: 3GB/sec

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Facilis HUB 8S

Facilis HUB 8S & Facilis HUB 16S – If it’s ludicrous speed in a small form factor you’re looking for, check out the HUB 8S and HUB 16S. Premium SSD speed and capability now more affordable than ever.

8 SSD on 12Gb SAS Controllers
Facilis 8S Capacities: 16TB; 32TB
Benchmark: 3GB/sec

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Facilis HUB 16s

16 SSD on 12Gb SAS Controllers
HUB 16S Capacities: 32TB; 64TB
Benchmark: 4GB/sec

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Facilis HUB One

Facilis HUB One (D16 Stack) – The HUB One can be built fully redundant, with multi-server bandwidth aggregated into a single point of network connectivity. There is no better way to deliver high bitrate video to large workgroups while maintaining high availability and data integrity than the HUB One

32 to 128 HDD on 12Gb SAS Controllers
Facilis HUB One on 32Gb FC
Capacities: 128TB to 1PB
Benchmark: 3.5GB/sec

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Facilis XP16

Facilis XP16 – When it comes time to expand your online capacity, the XP16 adds a second 16-drive group to your HUB system

16 HDD on External 12Gb SAS Controller
Capacities: 64TB; 96TB; 128TB; 192TB
Benchmark: 2GB/sec

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FACILIS TECHNOLOGY’S TOP 5 POINTS OF DIFFERENCE

Introducing Facilis Object Cloud Storage

ONE: Virtual Volumes

Facilis has a unique way of creating virtual disks on demand that look and act like basic hard drives but are evenly distributed across a much larger drive set. In doing this, Facilis ensures that every virtual drive that’s created has the same performance, no matter if the system is completely empty or almost full. If you consider how spinning disks get slower as they get full, this is a great feature. The administrator can easily change the size of the virtual drives on the fly, using any available space.

TWO: The Facilis Shared File System

In shared storage networks there’s always a management layer that’s responsible for protecting the base file system from damage by people writing to the same place at the same time. NAS (network-attached storage) does this through a layer called TCP-IP developed in the 1970s, and network filesystems like SMB, CIFs and NFS. Because this technology was not built for video, network file systems will require tuning to get the best speeds, and will always have limitations. Since the client workstation operating system is in charge of providing access to NAS, any changes in client OS can have an affect on network reliability.

The Facilis Shared File System was developed exclusively for video and audio content. It changes what’s old, clunky, and inefficient about TCP-IP network file systems but keeps the scale-ability and reliability that they’re known for. On top of that, it adds features that you’ll never see in a NAS, and eliminates complex network filesystem permissions that can obstruct your workflow.

THREE: Fibre Channel & Ethernet in Perfect Harmony

There are long whitepapers written about the benefits of Ethernet vs. Fibre Channel in media creation workflows. To each their own, Facilis does both seamlessly even on the same client workstation. We’re advocates of Fibre Channel connectivity because we know the benefits in high-bitrate workflows, and we’re advocates of Ethernet for its lower-cost scalability and performance.

Introducing Facilis Web Console 7-2

FOUR: Web Console Management

The web console is the user-facing representation of the Facilis Shared File System and virtual volume management. Post production content creation facilities have used project-based workflows for decades, and no one is better at volume management in project-based workflows than Facilis. Volumes of any size can be created, size can be changed on the fly, and permissions can be managed with either total simplicity or ultimate security.

Introducing Facilis FastTracker 3

FIVE: FastTracker

FastTracker is a media indexing application that runs on the Facilis server and tracks all the files entering the system. Users can add metadata and keywords for searching, and the proxy generator can make multiple versions of the indexed media for previewing over the network, or for proxy workflows. When working in Adobe, the FastTracker Adobe Panel gives the editor direct access to all the files on the server through catalogues that can be secured to certain user accounts. The Desktop Panel can be used to access media when in Avid, FCPX or Resolve among others, and preview media outside the creative applications.


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Facilis Technology Ships New Version 7.1 of its Advanced Shared Storage Solution – Feature-rich release adds class-leading system monitoring, load balancing and remote client deployment.

Features include:

  • Real-time and historical bandwidth monitoring of volumes and workstations – gives the administrator full overview of the network down to the individual user.
  • RAID50 and RAID51 management through Admin Console – completes multi-server management improvements in the new web interface.
  • Preferred connection address – allows an administrator or desktop user the ability to chose an alternate network path, increasing available bandwidth.
  • Automatic load balancing of clients – helps administrators aggregate multiple network uplinks, and adds throughput simply by adding uplinks with no manual setup required.
  • Remote client deployment – eases the load on administrators during server upgrades by automatically updating connected clients to the latest software version.

Facilis Technology Now Shipping Version 7 with Web Console Interface and New High-Performance Hub Server

Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks, today announced the release of Facilis Shared Storage Version 7. The new Facilis Hub Server, a performance aggregation server that can be added to new and existing TerraBlock systems, is immediately available. Version 7 includes a new browser-based, mobile compatible Web Console that delivers enhanced control, monitoring and administration.

New Features in TerraBlock Version 7.0

  • Facilis Web Console: Easy administration, bandwidth monitoring, volume creation and permissions management from any desktop or mobile device via web browser
  • Facilis Hub Server: Increased Bandwidth, Simple Administration, Seamless Dynamic Aggregation, Head Unit / System Redundancy, and Data Resiliency
  • Open Storage Attachment: Securely share 3rd-party SAS and Fibre Channel storage using the Facilis Shared File System
  • Automatic Connectivity Discovery and Fail-over: Web Console will discover Facilis servers on the network automatically, and fail-over to secondary connection methods.
  • Automatic and Persistent Mount: Clients will automatically remount mounted volumes after network disruption, or after client reboot with user login.
  • OSX and FCPX Character Compatibility: Facilis Shared File System on OSX is now compatible with all Windows-illegal characters. This provides improved support for Apple FCPX.
  • LDAP/Active Directory Login Support: Real-time AD/LDAP user and group support when using Facilis Web Console

TerraBlock Hub Server

Facilis HUB One

With ever increasing media file sizes, and 4K, HDR and VR workflows continually putting pressure on facility infrastructure, the Facilis Hub Server is aimed at future-proofing customers’ current storage and offering the most powerful new systems available. The Facilis Hub Server uses a new architecture to optimise drive sets and increase the bandwidth available from standard TerraBlock storage systems. New customers will benefit from customised Hub Server Stacks with enhanced system redundancy and data resiliency; all while delivering near-linear scale-ability of bandwidth when expanding the network.

“The Facilis Hub Server along with Open Storage Attachment gives current and new customers a way to take advantage of advanced bandwidth aggregation capabilities, without rendering their existing hardware obsolete.”

James McKenna, VP of Sales and Marketing at Facilis Technology

New Web Console

Facilis TerraBlock Web Console

The new Facilis Web Console increases the efficiency of administrative tasks, and improves the end-user experience. The modernised browser-based interface delivers enhanced functionality and removes barriers to creativity. Facilis customers using the Web Console will enjoy bandwidth monitoring, remote volume mount control and connectivity fail-over, along with enhanced user and group management through local database or directory service integration.

FastTracker

Facilis TerraBlock FastTracker

As the number of files and storage continue to increase, organisations are realising they need some type of asset tracking system to aid them in moving and finding files in their workflow. Many hesitate to invest in traditional MAM systems due to complexity, cost, and potential workflow impact.


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CatDV and Facilis – Go Faster! Super-charge Your MAM Workflow

What do Squarebox CATDV and Facilis Technology TerraBlock have in common?

  • Tailored to Content Creation
  • Aligned Permissions Models
  • Cross Platform
  • Scale-ability
  • Cost Effective
  • Customer First Support

…and both are available from Broadcast Bruce

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About Facilis Technology…

Facilis Technology offers industry-leading network storage servers for collaborative production networks. Our shared storage for video editing included with HUB & TerraBlock systems easily manages the most complex, multi-platform network environments and enables collaborative workflows including diverse image formats and applications. Whether your job is 4K color grading, VFX compositing or HD craft editorial, working with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud,FCPX, DaVinci Resolve or Avid Pro Tools, TerraBlock and HUB video shared storage provides the performance and collaboration that lets you create with confidence.

This is advanced technology developed exclusively for the media and entertainment industry, not enterprise technology borrowed for video workflow. With this specialized feature set, Facilis helps content creators focus more on their craft, and less on the setup, management and troubleshooting of their network configuration and permissions.


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