April 5, 2014

NAB 2014: EditShare shows portable shared storage solution

LAS VEGAS — Boston’s EditShare (www.editshare.com), which offers shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, is showing its updated Field 2 portable shared storage solution at NAB this year. The Field 2 has a new, modern design and operates on the new EditShare Storage V.7 platform. It also now supports solid state drives, offering users up to 6x the performance compared to enterprise-class 7,200rpm drives.

An eight-drive Field 2 with SSDs can support nearly 50 streams of ProRes 422 or Avid DNxHD 145, or over 140 streams of 25-Mbit video, such as DV25 or XDCAM-EX 25. All of the 1-Gigabit and 10-Gigabit attached NLE workstations as well as the ingest and playout servers at EditShare’s NAB 2014 booth are powered by a single Field 2 shared storage server running with eight SSDs. 

EditShare Storage V.7 is the company’s new shared-storage release and is built on the newest high-performance Linux kernel. The enhanced operating system incorporates a new Quality of Service module that allows users to reserve bandwidth for high-priority activities, such as real-time capture or playout, while limiting the bandwidth of low-priority activities. At the network layer, EditShare Storage V.7 supports the SMB2 networking protocol, enabling uncompressed 4K over 40-Gigabit Ethernet as well as improved stream counts with standard 1-Gigabit and 10-Gigabit connections.

EditShare Storage V.7 enables Final Cut Pro X workgroups to use AFP-mounted spaces as SAN Volumes, giving editors the ability to store FCP X Libraries, Events and Projects on central storage.