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NEWS NOVEMBER 13 , 2000
Medea Ships Fibre Channel Disk Arrays
N
ew models sport minimum 65 MB per second throughput

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Medea today announced the availability of VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx SAN-Ready Fibre Channel RAID arrays designed for digital content creation and Internet streaming. The four-drive VideoRaid fc (a desktop model) and VideoRack fcx (a dual-channel, 19" rack-mount system with up to eight removable drive modules) offer sustained data transfer rates of 65 MB per second (per channel in the VideoRack fcx), capacities to 600 GB and prices around $19 per GB.

VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx can be configured as either local storage for single workstations or employed in SAN environments enabling a workgroup of Macintosh and Windows NT systems to share files. VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx disk arrays are compatible with fibre channel hubs, fabric switches and SAN management software.

A single VideoRaid fc or VideoRack fcx disk array will sustain a minimum data transfer rate of 65 MB per second (per channel in the VideoRack fcx). Multiple arrays can be striped together to support higher bandwidth requirements. As video storage requirements grow, VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx arrays can be connected in a Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) using copper cabling. In the FC-AL configuration, up to 126 VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx disk arrays—more than 5 terabytes of storage—can be attached to a single NLE workstation. VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx subsystems attach to any fibre channel-equipped Macintosh or PC (Windows 98/NT/2000) system.

Medea syas VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx support all popular non-linear video editing systems. This includes multi-stream and uncompressed systems. VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx are also compatible with systems running Microsoft Windows Media Services, Real Networks RealServer and Apple QuickTime Streaming Server. VideoRaid fc disk arrays are available in 120 GB, 180 GB, 240 GB and 300 GB capacities and have list prices of $2,699, $3,699, $4,699 and $5,799, respectively. The dual-channel VideoRack fcx disk arrays are available Four-drive versions in the same capacities and have list prices of $4,399, $5,499, $6,599 and $7,699, respectively. The eight-drive rack versions are available in 240 GB, 360 GB, 480 GB and 600 GB capacities and have list prices of $6,899, $8,999, $10,999 and $12,999, respectively. VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx arrays are available now.

For more information, visit http://www.medea.com.

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