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Archion Announces Product Compatibility with Avid Unity MediaNetwork 5.0 Storage

(July 18, 2007)
DMN Newswire--2007-7-18--Archions highly successful new Synergy HD and Synergy HD4 storage solutions are now compatible with the new Avid Unity MediaNetwork 5.0 storage system. The joint announcement was made by Mark Bianchi, CEO and Reuben Lima, COO, Archion. 

Regarding the news, James Tucci, Archions CTO, said, ?We continue to extend the compatibility of our Synergy HD products. Now clients who purchased Synergy HD for early version of Unity can upgrade it at will and can expand their new Unity Media Engine 5.0. In addition, Synergy HD enhances the data protection, while providing 50% more usable storage.


The Avid Unity MediaNetwork 5.0 system is powered by the AvidŽ Media Engine a next-generation system architecture used for real-time shared storage.  By consolidating several hardware components into a single, integrated file management system and storage server, the Avid Unity MediaNetwork 5.0 system delivers twice the performance of previous generation Avid Unity systems while maintaining robust data resiliency all at a new, lower price point designed to appeal to post production facilities of any size.  The Avid Unity MediaNetwork 5.0 system is available in scalable SD and HD configurations, both of which offer Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) connectivity and 4 Gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel connectivity, PC and Mac compatibility including support for Intel-based Mac clients as well as storage capacity that can scale from 4 to 40 terabytes (TB).           


According to Archion CTO James Tucci, Synergy HD4 is the newest and most powerful addition to the Archion Synergy family of FC Raid storage products for Digital Video systems.

Archions Synergy HD4 features an unrivaled compatibility with Unity that extends the capacity and performance while sustaining the life span of AVIDS legacy Unitysystems. This new and groundbreaking product extends Archions original Synergy HD abilities from 400MB/sec to 800 MB/sec bandwidth with its dual 4GB FC ports and has increased its capacity from 8TB to 12TB in the same 3 RU space. 

As the latest addition to the Synergy products, Synergy HD4 is fully compatible with all previous Archion products, as well as the 1gig, 2gig and 4gig Unity environments. Synergy HD4 is the only storage for Unity utilizing both 4GB ports on one switch for a full 800 MB/sec of available bandwidth.

Among the features of Synergy HD4:

? Certified with Avid Unity MediaNetwork v3.3 and higher
? Rack-mountable chassis (3U rack height)
? Archion Synergy HD4 Raid controller
o 1gig  Video optimized Cache RAM
o Ethernet management port
o RAID controller is user replaceable.
? Web based GUI
? Proprietary Vdisk technology allows changes in storage capacity
? 15 SATA II hard drives
? 1 SATA II hot spare drive
? Dual Channel 4GB FC ports with optical SPF transceivers (supports dual switch configuration or single switch dual port operation)
? Four High Efficiency hot swappable Cooling fans
? (2) 400 watt (redundant configuration) hot swappable power supplies
? Rack mount rails
? Built in Plug and Play Unity configured storage

Synergy HD4 is a full-featured SATA II to FC Raid storage system designed for networking digital video systems in an Avid Unity environment. It is available in units from 4 TB to 12TB with 2 ports of 4GB FC and is certified with Unity 3.3 thru 4.2.2


According to Mr. Tucci, Archions Synergy HD is certified for Avid Unity MediaNetworks 3.X through 5.x and Interplay.

Synergy HD was engineered to expand the storage requirements of existing Unity clients without the need to replace or upgrade their current Unity infrastructure. The sophistication and intelligence of Synergy HD extends the usable life of current Unity MediaNetworks; while providing a greater ROI for Storage and Unity. Synergy HD is fully compatible with Archions Alliance and Synergy products.  Unlike Unity MediaNetworks, Synergy HDs Hardware RAID protects media in the event of a drive failure without the need to mirror. Synergy HD is rapidly becoming the storage of choice for existing AVID Unity clients during 2007.


Archion Technologies, headquartered in Burbank, California, was founded in 1999 by a group of technology entrepreneurs with a vision for designing networked storage systems for the professional video market. For more information, please see


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