Facilis Showcases Shared Storage Solutions


USA: At NAB NY 2018, Facilis is demonstrating Version 7.1 features and FastTracker 2.5. 
Built for the rigors of 4K+ video post-production, HDR, and VR 360 productions, the latest release of the Facilis Shared File System continues to distance itself from garden-variety NAS (Network Attached Storage) storage solutions.
Unlike traditional NAS systems, Facilis is a shared file system and avoids the workflow issues inherent in NAS when used in a cross-platform creative environment. With project-based volume management and user access control, administrators can manage Fibre Channel and Ethernet clients with the same multi-user write access. Facilis shared storage systems have additional improvements on NAS, including local-attached volume appearance, cross-connectivity failover, and one-touch remote volume mounting.
Version 7.1 adds additional features that help with the administration of large and small environments alike, such as real-time and historical bandwidth monitoring of volumes and workstations; RAID50 and RAID51 management through Admin Console; preferred connection address for multi-path networks; automatic load balancing of clients across server IPs; and remote client deployment for ease of upgrades in multi-client facilities. 
Version 2.5 of the Facilis FastTracker is also at NAB NY and is designed for cataloging, searching, and accessing media on all attached storage. Using the new Adobe Panel for Premiere Pro and After Effects, all indexed data is available directly within the Adobe interface. Users can preview local storage assets as well as LTFS and network-based assets for easy locating of media beyond what an OS or app level search can provide. 
“New York City sets the bar high for storage and infrastructure as facilities continually compete and challenge themselves with the highest standards while also being increasingly budget conscious,” said James McKenna, VP of Sales and Marketing at Facilis. “We spend a lot of time educating facility managers on what they should expect from a shared storage network and where bottlenecks can occur with standard NAS-based systems. We understand that budgets are tighter than ever, so we’re delivering functionality that customers didn’t think was possible at an incredibly competitive price.”
“The new FastTracker Adobe Panel interface has been well received from our many Adobe-based customers,” McKenna said. “By adopting a painless policy of indexing and cataloguing data with FastTracker, organisations have increased efficiency, and provided the creative staff with full access to the facility library.” 
The new Facilis Hub Server, which has been deployed at several large and notable customer sites, is also on display throughout the show. The Facilis Hub Server optimises drive groups and increases the bandwidth available from standard TerraBlock storage systems. It gives new customers a way to scale bandwidth through dynamic aggregation, and current customers a way to extend the usable life of older systems. With speeds over 4GB/sec available from a single virtual project-based volume, Hub Server systems offer industry-leading capability.
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