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Avid Unveils Next Generation of Intelligent Media Storage
Avid NEXIS is the first software-defined storage platform for media, delivering dynamic virtualization, adaptive protection, and media-savvy collaboration so media organizations of all sizes can accelerate production and increase efficiency
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LAS VEGAS, April 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NAB (Booth #SU902) — Avid® (NASDAQ:AVID) today introduced the new Avid NEXIS™, the industry’s first and only software-defined storage platform specifically designed for storing and managing media. Avid NEXIS enables fully virtualized storage so media organizations can adjust storage capacity mid-project, without disrupting workflows. Powered by the Avid MediaCentral™ Platform, Avid NEXIS delivers unrivaled media storage flexibility, scalability, and control for both Avid-based and third-party workflows. It has been designed to serve the smallest production teams as powerfully as the largest media enterprises and is the only storage platform built with the flexibility to grow with customers at every stage of their business – fulfilling a key tenet of Avid Everywhere™.
“Avid created the category of real-time collaborative shared storage and media networking with Avid ISIS and Unity, and now with Avid NEXIS, we have reimagined the possibilities of shared storage for media production,” said Avid Chairman, President and CEO, Louis Hernandez, Jr. “Avid NEXIS provides dynamic virtualization, adaptive protection, and media-savvy collaboration so media professionals and creative teams can share and access media assets reliably from anywhere without overinvesting in infrastructure. Leveraging the power of the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid NEXIS provides customers the reliability they need today, the scalability for tomorrow, and the technology to take media production to the next level.”
Thanks to the openness of Avid Everywhere, Avid NEXIS works with all top media creation applications, including Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Grass Valley EDIUS, and many more. Production teams can quickly access a shared pool of virtualized storage resources, which dramatically increases their efficiency.
The software-defined storage architecture of Avid NEXIS is what allows customers to select components that meet their current needs, and easily expand storage capacity and bandwidth as their business grows. Avid NEXIS is also the only scale-out storage solution that enables customers to dynamically tune the system to ensure that high-priority workflows always have the capacity, performance and data protection levels they require. Customers can give critical projects maximum performance, while throttling back on less critical workflows. This ability lets teams react quickly to changes, adjusting performance and protection levels to match the needs of a project at any stage in the workflow.
The unique modularity of Avid NEXIS enables teams to mix and match storage engines and elastically scale capacity from as little as 20 TB to over 1.4 PB in a single system, without any interruption in service or down time. All Avid NEXIS systems are powered by the Avid NEXIS | FS file system, so customers experience consistent performance, reliability, and protection, regardless of configuration size.
The Avid NEXIS family includes several new storage engine options, designed to meet any scalability and density requirement. As the newest Avid shared storage solution, Avid NEXIS provides an easy transition path for existing users of Avid ISIS and Avid Unity shared storage solutions.
- Avid NEXIS | E4—High-density integrated storage engine
- Avid NEXIS | E2—Small-footprint integrated storage engine
- System Director Appliance—Increases Avid NEXIS scale and redundancy
- Media Pack—Pack of 10 drives with 20 TB or 60 TB of storage
- Redundant Controller—High-availability option for Avid NEXIS systems
- Avid NEXIS | PRO—Professional-class integrated storage engine (successor to ISIS | 1000, providing an easy upgrade path for ISIS | 1000 customers)
The Avid NEXIS family is expected to be available in Q2 2016.
Avid Everywhere is our strategic vision for helping content creators and media organizations connect with consumers more powerfully, efficiently, collaboratively, and profitably.
The Avid Everywhere vision is guiding our development of the most fluid end-to-end, distributed media production environment in the industry. The Avid MediaCentral Platform, in conjunction with the corresponding Artist Suite, Media Suite, Storage Suite, and upcoming private and public marketplaces, will together form a comprehensive ecosystem that encompasses everything from media creation to distribution and monetization, addressing every aspect of the new digital media value chain.
The Avid Everywhere strategic vision includes:
- Avid MediaCentral Platform – A powerful common services foundation
- Artist Suite – Industry-leading creative tools
- Media Suite – Robust media management tools
- Storage Suite – Proven and trusted collaborative storage solutions
- Marketplaces – Easily monetize and distribute your media
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