Project sharing, bin sharing, file sharing, SAN & NAS for professional media applications.
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Enough Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports to directly connect every computer in your workgroup.
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Nearly 2.5GB/s sustained throughput — overhead for the most demanding projects and workloads.
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Project and Bin Sharing
Use the native Project and Bin sharing functions of Avid, and take advantage of project sharing for Adobe Premiere Pro (plus file sharing for Pro Tools).
EVO unlocks the sharing capabilities of Media Composer — with several editors in the same Avid project, teams can easily collaborate by using shared Bins, exchanging access to Media and Sequences directly within Media Composer.
File and Volume Sharing
Enjoy the flexibility and performance of both file and volume sharing. Some file types and workflows simply work better in a file sharing environment, while others prefer the more dedicated approach of volume sharing.
EVO allows you to use file sharing, volume sharing, or a combination of the two – providing multi-user write workspaces for sharing projects and bins, in addition to high performance SAN volumes for multi-cam and uncompressed workflows.
New! ShareBrowser Desktop Client
ShareBrowser is a unified file/project/asset management interface for OS X and Windows. It is similar to Finder/Explorer, but designed by SNS specifically to help
media teams work and collaborate more efficiently.
The ShareBrowser desktop client not only improves visibility and access to your team’s storage systems, it conveniently enables automatic project locking and sharing. It allows you to
search across all EVO storage as well as local,
offline, and other network disks. File metadata can
be instantly indexed to the database, and users can more easily find,
preview, and share media assets and projects. ShareBrowser even gives you the capability to securely ingest and migrate data using built-in verification tools! ShareBrowser is included free with every new EVO.
Fibre Channel & iSCSI SAN
Fibre Channel or iSCSI? SAN or NAS? Block level or file level? Why limit yourself to just one? With EVO, you have it all in one centralized RAID system. This means you get all the undeniable benefits of a Storage Area Network and Network Attached Storage integrated into one easy-to-use server.
EVO is designed and built for digital artists who use applications like Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Pro Tools. These apps can have extraordinary I/O requirements, so EVO is tuned to give them exactly what they want, right out of the box. In the unlikely event you need more precise tuning, you can create your own “I/O Profiles” and assign one to any volume on-the-fly.
Advanced caching algorithms help to make EVO capable of handling more video streams per array than most shared storage systems. This means you can do more work with a fewer number of disks, which results in a less expensive, more reliable, energy conscious storage solution.
A popular method of increasing transfer speed is to use more than one data pipe per computer. EVO offers several ways to take multiple physical connections — Fibre Channel or Ethernet paths — and combine them homogeneously for higher SAN throughput.
Preset for Video Apps
EVO is configured with its defaults preset for use with professional video editing applications. These presets will give excellent performance with other applications too,
NAS – AFP, SMB, and More
Unify your storage and simplify your workflow with AFP, SMB, NFS, and SFTP file sharing. Simply tell EVO how you want each volume to be shared: NAS-only, SAN-only, or SAN+NAS. It’s your call.
10 Gigabit Ethernet
EVO can be upgraded to 10GbE, which is a great solution for sites with many Ethernet users. Connect EVO directly to a switch’s 10Gbps Uplink port, then attach each computer to any of the switch’s 1Gbps ports.
You can extend the life of your older Fibre Channel storage array by connecting it to EVO and bridging it over Ethernet (iSCSI or NAS). It’s a great way to setup tiered storage for archiving!
but if you’re primarily using applications like Pro Tools or Logic Pro with very high track counts, simply change EVO’s I/O profile from Video to Audio for maximum performance.
Up to twenty Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports are available, giving you an easy and inexpensive way to quickly add more computers to the storage system. You can also choose to add 10GbE ports for maximum bandwidth over iSCSI and NAS.
Fibre Channel Ports
EVO accommodates up to twelve direct-attach Fibre Channel ports in each base unit. Need more Fibre Channel ports? No problem — you can also connect a switch to any available port.
Enterprise Class Drives
You can start with as few as four disks, then add up to a total of 16 in the base unit. Expansion units are also available, bringing the total number of disks per managed system to 64. As you add capacity, you can also increase the system’s overall capability. An unlimited number of base/expansion nodes can be integrated into a facility.
Your company is growing faster than expected, and you’re running out of space. What now? Increase capacity by phasing in larger disks or adding more drives to your existing storage pools.
Users (No per-seat software licensing)
Up to twenty users (workstations, notebooks, servers) can be direct-attached through EVO’s Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports. If you need to support more users, any available Fibre Channel or Ethernet port can be connected to a switch. And with EVO, there’s no per-seat software licensing costs for SANmp and globalSAN.
EVO is designed and built for professional media editing and post-production applications like Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, Smoke, Scratch, and Pro Tools. In fact, it can be used with any application, but its prime directive is to handle the intense demands of video and audio editing, in
HBAs, Initiators, & Ethernet NICs
Fibre Channel workstations can connect to EVO using an HBA from Apple, QLogic, or ATTO. iSCSI users can connect to EVO using any 1GbE or optical 10GbE adapter and the included globalSAN iSCSI initiator for Mac OS X or the Microsoft iSCSI initiator. NAS users can connect to EVO using any 1GbE or 10GbE
real-time, by many concurrent users.
SAN Sharing / File Systems
The fastest and easiest way to share your SAN volumes is to use the SANmp SAN sharing software included with EVO. But if you’re already using something else, such as the Xsan/StorNext file system or metaSAN, you can use that instead of SANmp if you prefer.
EVO supports Mac OS X and Windows. It can also be used with other operating systems, like Linux or Solaris. In fact, any operating system that supports iSCSI, Fibre Channel, NFS, SFTP, SMB, or AFP can be used with EVO.
Web-based Admin Tools
Configuring and managing a storage system doesn’t have to be complicated. Much attention is given to EVO’s user interface design to make it both attractive and intuitive — the result is a very functional and helpful administration tool, with features ranging from the very basic to the very advanced. And since it’s web-based, it can be administered from just about anywhere.
Protect your storage by connecting it to an APC Uninterruptible Power Supply. You’ll be able to easily configure and monitor the UPS through EVO’s web interface. If there’s a power problem detected, EVO can notify you by email and gracefully power itself off if necessary.
Email/SNMP Remote Monitoring
Select which events are important and monitor them via SNMP, or tell EVO to send an email or text message if it detects something happening.
Only the highest quality, enterprise-class, RAID-edition SATA disks are used in EVO. However, disks fail; it’s an unfortunate reality. EVO can send an email to let you know if a drive fails — you can then do a hot swap or a cold swap to replace it with a new one. Not sure how to do a replacement? Step-by-step instructions are conveniently displayed in the web interface.
Batch RAID Creation
Creating RAID volumes is simple, but it can be a time-consuming step during initial setup of any storage system. Use the Queue Manager to get your RAID sets defined just as you want them – using RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, or 10 – then click a button and move along to something else. Each new volume comes online almost instantly, and you can have EVO send you an email to let you know when it’s finished processing your queue.
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Each new version of the EVO OS has brought many useful improvements and new features. With most other storage systems, once you own that box its capabilities aren’t going to change much, except for the occasional firmware upgrade. With EVO, you have an investment in an efficient and flexible storage server that can actually improve its tool set and usefulness over time, rather than having a feature-locked box.