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Facilis Technology designs and builds cost-effective, high-bandwidth storage solutions that enable a more efficient workflow for content creators.

Facilis Next Gen HUB Shared Storage System makes European debut at IBC2019

Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks has announced that IBC2019 will see the first European presentation of its newly shipped HUB Shared Storage System, and previews of version 8.0 HUB software management. Built as an entirely new platform, Facilis HUB represents the evolution of the Facilis Shared File System with the block-level virtualization and multi-connectivity performance required for demanding media production workflows. Additionally, version 7.2 of the Facilis system software and FastTracker 3.0 is now available and included in all HUB systems.

“The newest HUB Server boasts incredible performance that, when compared to other systems of a similar performance, enters at an incredible price point. The Tyrell team have always been fans of Facilis and we are excited by the potential of this system,” said Dan Muchmore, Sales and Marketing Director, Tyrell.

Tommy Sassenberg, Technical Director, Story House, said “After successfully having used Facilis shared storage systems for a number of years, updating to the new HUB solution was a logical choice. The integration of the new system into our edit facility has been seamless and very easy. The new architecture offers not only a significant increase in speed, but we’re also seeing much improved stability and reliability. Continuing to rely with our post production on a Facilis shared storage system has again absolutely been the right decision for Story House.”

Facilis Object Cloud and FastTracker

New innovations on stand 7.B48 include Facilis Object Cloud which virtualizes Cloud and LTO storage into a cache volume on the server, available on the client desktops through the Facilis Shared File System.

“When object storage is combined with FastTracker auto-indexing and proxy generation, it becomes a very powerful way to archive, track and restore project data through a simple, familiar interface,” said Jim McKenna, VP Sales and Marketing at Facilis. “The object storage cache looks and acts like any other volume but has infinite storage behind it!”

Facilis version 7.2 new features:

  • Facilis Object Cloud – Brings Object Storage to the server and client desktop
  • Added Kernel Support for Linux – New support for Linux Kernel 5.0.x
  • Improved Web Console UI – Dark mode, more bulk actions, storage tab and much more.
  • Simplified Server Upgrade – New “one click, one reboot” server installer.

Facilis HUB Version 8 Preview
Panned to ship in late 2019, Version 8 will include new methods of data protection including software defined multi-disk parity, hybrid performance management, advanced volume spanning capabilities and portable drive groups.

Facilis HUB Version 8 is available for any HUB or TerraBlock system under a valid support contract at the time of release. Version 8 will be supported on TerraBlock systems shipped after August 2013.

FastTracker 3.0 New Features

  • New Web technology-based FastTracker Desktop Browse interface
  • Improved proxy quality options, per-catalog proxy presets, and proxy on demand
  • Unlimited Connected Users Included at No Charge
  • Add and edit metadata and catalog entry in the Adobe Panel interface
  • Quick and intuitive keyword/notes tagging
  • Launch of full resolution source material from the Adobe Panel and Desktop Browse
  • FastTracker can be configured to alert CatDV when new assets are indexed.Volume Search Filter – Records can now be browsed by specific indexed volume.

Facilis FastTracker 3.5 Preview
Planned to ship in late 2019, FastTracker 3.5 will have new automated data movement, deeper integration with Object Cloud archive, filesystem browse capabilities and improved result layouts in Adobe Panel and Desktop Browse, as well as duplicate file reporting and tracking and standalone FastTracker Server licensing.

Facilis FastTracker is available for any Facilis customer with a current support contract, and now offers unlimited seat count. You can visit Facilis at IBC2019 on booth 7.B48 and get a demonstration of the latest offerings and storage solutions.

Facilis ships next gen HUB Shared Storage System

Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks, has announced that its new HUB Shared Storage System is now shipping. Built as an entirely new platform, Facilis HUB represents the evolution of the Facilis Shared File System with the block-level virtualisation and multi-connectivity performance required for demanding media production workflows. Additionally, version 7.2 of the Facilis system software and FastTracker 3.0 is now available and included in all HUB systems.

Two of the first customers receiving the new HUB Shared Storage system are Revolt TV and BigStar Motion Design.

Facilis’ new HUB solutions have prospects taking notice. With recent installations at Revolt TV & BigStar Motion Design, clients were impressed by the bandwidth, speed, and performance from a single unit at 3GB/s for the HUB32 at Revolt TV and 2GB/s for the HUB16 installed at Bigstar,” said Cliff Allen of Video Technologies Group (VTG).

“The Facilis HUB systems have evolved to encompass a much wider portion of our clients’ workflows. With the built-in FastTracker application helping to manage both external and internal media on the Facilis HUB system, clients can search, index, and create proxies and previews directly on the HUB system for greater visibility and use of their assets. The ability to target the cloud, spinning disk and LTO all from the same server and user interface was also a big plus in improving upon what was previously a manual, time consuming process,” added Allen.

Facilis Object Cloud and FastTracker

New for version 7.2, Facilis Object Cloud virtualises Cloud & LTO storage and into a cache volume on the server, available on the client desktops through the Facilis Shared File System. “When object storage is combined with FastTracker auto-indexing and proxy generation, it becomes a very powerful way to archive, track and restore project data through a simple, familiar interface,” said Jim Mckenna, VP Sales and Marketing at Facilis. “The object storage cache looks and acts like any other volume but has infinite storage behind it!”

Facilis version 7.2 new features:

  • Facilis Object Cloud – Brings Object Storage to the server and client desktop
  • Facilis FastTracker 3.0 – Support for the latest version of FastTracker asset management
  • Added Kernel Support for Linux – The Facilis Linux Client is now supported on Linux Kernel 5.0.x
  • Improved Web Console UI – Dark mode, more bulk actions, storage tab and much more
  • Simplified Server Upgrade – New one click, one reboot, server installer.

FastTracker 3.0 New Features

  • New Client Interface – FastTracker Desktop Browse window, featuring a modern web-based interface
  • Improved proxy quality options, per-catalog proxy presets, and proxy on demand
  • Unlimited Connected Users
  • Add and Edit Metadata now in the Adobe Panel
  • Quick and intuitive Keyword/Note Tagging
  • Launch of full resolution Source Material from the Adobe Panel and Desktop Browse
  • CatDV Integration – FastTracker now alerts CatDV when new assets are indexed.
  • Volume Search Filter – Records can now be browsed by specific indexed volume.

Facilis FastTracker is available for any Facilis customer with a current support contract, and now offers unlimited seat count.

Facilis wins 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year award

Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks, recently announced that its Facilis HUB Shared Storage line was a winner in the 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards. The award recognises the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by exhibitors at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Facilis HUB Shared Storage is an all-new line of products developed in response to customer requests for a more compact server chassis, lower-cost hybrid (SSD and HDD) options, and integrated cloud and LTO archive features. It features new, more powerful hardware with new drive capacity options and a brand-new look to both the system and the software interface.

“Many thanks to the NAB for presenting us with this prestigious award,” said Jim McKenna, VP Sales and Marketing at Facilis. “The new Facilis HUB Shared Storage product line was introduced with a compelling set of features for streamlining workflow and automating data backup and archive. It’s our most complete product ever.”

Facilis Object Cloud

A big problem for broadcasters and post facilities is managing multiple interfaces for the various locations of their data. With Facilis Object Cloud, files in multiple locations reside in the same directory structure and are tracked by the Facilis FastTracker asset tracking application in the same database as any active media asset. Object Cloud utilises Object Storage technology to virtualise a Facilis volume with cloud and LTO locations. This allows access to files that exist either entirely on disk, entirely in the Cloud or on LTO, or even partially on disk and partially in the cloud.

Facilis is the only shared storage network that allows both block-mode Fibre Channel and Ethernet connectivity simultaneously, and the ability to connect through either method with the same permissions, user accounts, and desktop appearance. This vastly simplifies user access, connection resiliency and network permissions.

Every Facilis HUB Shared Storage server comes with unlimited seats of the Facilis FastTracker asset tracking application. Object Cloud Software and Storage package is available for most Facilis servers running version 7.2 or higher.

 

Facilis Technology announces new product line

At NAB 2019, Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks, announced its new HUB Shared Storage line developed specifically for demanding media production workflows. Built as an entirely new platform, Facilis HUB represents the evolution of the Facilis Shared File System with the block-level virtualisation and multi-connectivity performance required in  shared creative environments.

“HUB Shared Storage is an all-new product, based on our popular HUB Server that launched in 2017. It’s the answer to our customers’ requests for a more compact server chassis, lower-cost hybrid (SSD and HDD) options, and integrated cloud and LTO archive features,” said Jim McKenna, VP Sales and Marketing at Facilis. “We deliver all of this with new, more powerful hardware; new drive capacity options and a new look to both the system and software interface.”

Facilis is the only shared storage network that allows both block-mode Fibre Channel and Ethernet connectivity simultaneously, and the ability to connect through either method with the same permissions, user accounts, and desktop appearance. This vastly simplifies user access, connection resiliency and network permissions. “The system can be configured to be as open as a direct-attached drive or dynamically segmented into various-sized volumes that carry individual permissions for read and write access,” says McKenna. “Content creation workflow management has never been so simple.”

Facilis Object Cloud

Object Cloud is an integrated disk-caching system for cloud and LTO backup and archive that includes up to 100TB of cloud storage for one low yearly cost. A native Facilis Virtual Volume can display Cloud, Tape and spinning disk data in the same directory structure, on the client desktop.

“A big problem for our customers is managing multiple interfaces for the various locations of their data. With Object Cloud, files in multiple locations reside in the same directory structure and are tracked by our FastTracker asset tracking in the same database as any active media asset,” says McKenna. “Object Cloud utilises Object Storage technology to virtualize a Facilis volume with cloud and LTO locations. In doing this, we allow access to files that exist either entirely on disk, entirely in the Cloud or on LTO, or even partially on disk and partially in the cloud. This really is object storage on your desktop!”

Every Facilis HUB Shared Storage server comes with unlimited seats of the Facilis FastTracker asset tracking application. Object Cloud Software and Storage package is available for most Facilis servers running version 7.2 or higher.

Facilis Shared Storage Product Changes:

Facilis 8

With 1GB/sec speeds through standard dual-port 10Gb, and options like 40Gb Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity, the Facilis 8 features are at odds with its entry-level price. Facilis 8 is available in 32, 48, and 64TB.

Facilis HUB 16

The 2GB/sec 16-drive HUB 16 has all the power of the previous generation 24D server, with a lower price/TB and better expandability options. Available in 64, 96, and 128TB.

Facilis HUB Hybrid 16 & SSD Models

The HUB Hybrid 16 offers advanced SSD technology with an integrated, high capacity HDD-based group at a lower cost than previous Hybrid models. For even faster speeds in a small form factor, the Facilis HUB 8S and HUB 16S offer 3 and 4GB/sec premium SSD speeds at a price point more affordable than ever.

Facilis HUB One

With two or more HUB 16 or HUB 32 servers attached through 32Gb Fibre Channel controllers, Facilis HUB One configurations can be built fully redundant, with multi-server bandwidth aggregated into a single point of network connectivity. HUB One is built to deliver high bitrate video to large workgroups while maintaining high availability and data integrity. The HUB One starts at 128TB is expandable to 1PB.

“We are excited to bring Facilis HUB Shared Storage to the market. We believe this will allow us and our partners to address the growing requirements of the Media & Entertainment market more effectively than ever before,” says Shane Rodbourn, Sr. VP and general manager of Facilis.

Facilis Technology displays 8K and UHD capabilities of collaborative storage solutions

At Inter BEE 2018, Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks, will partner with its authorised reseller ITOCHU Cable Systems (ICS) to demonstrate 8K and UHD workflows with post-production equipment from leading brands including Avid, Blackmagic Design, Cambridge Research Systems and Venera Technologies.

The stand will feature a new Version 7.1 Facilis Hub Stack with 32Gb Fibre channel interconnect and connection to client workstations through 16Gb, 32Gb Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet. The workflow will include online 8K and UHD editing with Avid and Blackmagic Design systems, as well as real-time playback of 8K QC from Cambridge Research Systems Harding FPA, ingest from Cinegy Capture PRO and a Lasergraphics ScanStation 5K DPX film scanner.

“The simplicity and elegance of the Facilis system and Web Console management tools deliver a satisfying user experience along with industry-leading performance,” says James McKenna, VP of Sales and Marketing at Facilis. “Itochu’s customers are concerned with reliability, ease of use and speed, and the Facilis Shared File System fits the requirement.”

Unlike traditional NAS systems, Facilis utilises an optimised shared file system and avoids the workflow issues inherent in NAS when used in a cross-platform creative environment. With simple 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 many extra features that help with the administration of large and small environments alike. Features include 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; Remote client deployment for ease of upgrades in multi-client facilities.

FastTracker 2.5 is designed for cataloging, searching, and accessing media on any 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 well beyond what an OS or application-level search can provide.

The new Facilis Hub Server optimizes drive groups and increases the bandwidth available from standard Facilis Shared 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.

Facilis at NAB NY 2018

At NAB NY 2018, Facilis (Stand N.627), a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks will showcase 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 available from so many vendors today.

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 simple 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.

“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,” says 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.”

Version 7.1 adds many additional features that help with the administration of large and small environments alike. Features include 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; Remote client deployment for ease of upgrades in multi-client facilities.

Version 2.5 of the Facilis FastTracker will also be shown at NAB NY. FastTracker 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.

“The new FastTracker Adobe Panel interface has been well received from our many Adobe-based customers,” adds McKenna. “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, will also be on display. The Facilis Hub Server optimizes 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.

“After evaluating several different network servers, we found that not all storage is the same,” said Troy Thompson, Owner of Running Man, “Some solutions demand too much complexity in the configuration and workflow to achieve even short-bursts of the speeds they advertise. Facilis started up and ran smooth the minute I plugged it in. They really have their system dialed-in for this kind of work.”

Facilis Technology releases new FastTracker 2.5 with panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks, has announced availability of its FastTracker integrated asset tracking software with new panel component for seamless integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

First launched in 2016, FastTracker 2.5 includes many powerful features such as global indexing, automatic preview clip generation, index date/time window searching, tag-specific searching, import/export of tag schemas, and direct integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC including:

  • Preview clip playback in the Adobe Premiere Pro CC Panel
  • Password-protected catalogs secure access to asset records
  • Integrated mount of available volumes for high-res media content
  • Searching by index time, clip name, path and metadata using Boolean terms
  • Drag and Drop import to Adobe Premiere Pro CC via the Panel

Designed for use with Facilis FastTracker server – a software package included with every Facilis shared storage product – the Facilis FastTracker Panel is available on the Adobe Exchange for Creative Cloud as a free download.

“A growing number of creative facilities are adopting Adobe Creative Cloud as the standard for content creation, and many of those facilities are using Facilis storage systems,” said James McKenna, VP at Facilis Technology. “Asset tracking and management are a big part of file-based workflows. Facilis has simplified asset tracking and provided access to the database directly from the Adobe Premiere Pro CC interface.”

Facilis Shared Storage version 7.1 now available

Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks, has announced the immediate availability of the latest version of its shared storage solution.

Showcased for the first time at NAB 2018, the new version builds on the revolutionary version 7.0 which included an all new web console interface and shared file system enhancements. The new version adds many more features that will help with the administration of large and small environments alike. 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.

“We’ve ramped up development in the past year, and we’re now seeing the future of shared storage management and shared file system performance,” said James McKenna, VP at Facilis Technology. “With two major releases in the past year and more on the way, Facilis is poised to redefine the market.”

Facilis Shared Storage version 7.1 is currently available through the Facilis download centre, and licensed at no charge for customers with a current support contract.

Facilis Shared Storage Version 7 now shipping

Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks, recently announced the release of Facilis Shared Storage Version 7. The new Facilis Hub Server, a performance aggregator 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.

“When we saw what the Facilis Hub Server could do, we were happy to be one of the first to place an order,’ said James Jackson, post production supervisor at Q Center in St. Charles, IL. “We are doing more and more shared 4K workflows and we wanted to future proof our next investment. We look forward to playing multiple streams of 4K across our facility.’

TerraBlock Hub Server
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 scalability of bandwidth when expanding the network.

“We received great validation from customers at NAB this year, and were pleased to take several pre-orders on the new Hub Server during the show. Today, we’re happy to see those orders shipping out,’ said James McKenna, VP of Sales and Marketing at Facilis Technology. “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.’

New 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.

“The new Facilis Web Console sets the bar for shared storage management, enabling many of the features our customers have been looking for, and some they didn’t know were even possible,’ says McKenna. “It’s an entirely new way to manage workflow, and control not only permissions but access to storage in real time.’

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.

“Many of our customers have found just the right balance with FastTracker,’ says McKenna. “Administrators tell me they are hesitant to invest in traditional asset management systems because they worry it will change their workflow too drastically. Our FastTracker Asset Tracking software is simple but comprehensive, and doesn’t require users to overhaul their day to day operations.’

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 Failover
Web Console will discover Facilis servers on the network automatically, and failover 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

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