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Archion Announces Synergy Plus Storage Solution

Designed to expand existing Avid Unity storage system to a RAID storage system (September 22, 2005)

Archion's Synergy Plus product offers Unity users hardware RAID protection within a Unity environment

Archion's Synergy Plus product offers Unity users hardware RAID protection within a Unity environment

Archion, the entertainment industrys largest alternative storage solution to Avid storage systems, has today announced a major advancement in the storage industry. The announcement was jointly made by Mark Bianchi, CEO, and Reuben Lima, COO, of Archion.

Continuing its core philosophy to design systems that offer their clients flexibility with the capability of having its products co-exist with the current technologies they are using, Archion has recently developed a new product, called ?Synergy Plus, which has been specially designed to expand and enhance the existing Avid Unity storage system, transforming it from a mirroring software platform to a hardware RAID-based system.

Avids Unity storage system has an inherent risk for media loss in the event of a drive failure. Also, when using the existing Unity system, editors need to mirror, in essence double, their storage as well as the cost to ensure media protection. The Synergy Plus product offers Unity users hardware RAID protection within a Unity environment, adding significant data storage expansion, without doubling the storage requirements and without incurring any additional software expenses.

Regarding the new product, Mr. Lima said, ?To our knowledge, no other technology can be integrated with, and complement, the existing Avid Unity system. The development of Synergy Plus has been our goal, and we continue to anticipate and meet the needs of our industry. We offer our clients options without rejecting their existing technology. Whether a studio or facility purchases our Alliance product line or our new Synergy Plus product, the increase to their ROI is irrefutable. If they want to add any amount of storage, they can integrate our technology into their existing Unity system, and double their media protection.

Added James Tucci, Archions CTO, and engineer of the Synergy Plus product, ?Our extensive knowledge of Avids storage systems, and our journey to fulfill the needs of the post production industry, have led us to develop a solution that responds to the concerns our clients have expressed about the existing Avid Unity storage system. We are big fans of Avid editing systems, but our companys sole focus is providing state-of-the-art storage. We are the only technology company that has engineered a ?friendly hardware RAID technology to expand and compliment Avids Unity storage system.

Corporately, Archion has undertaken a new business strategy, by targeting users of Avid storage products. Mr. Bianchi said, ?Our company was built to be highly responsive to the dynamic needs of the filmmaking industry. During the past six years, Archion has consistently proven itself as the alternative to Avids storage systems. Archion has completed over 75 feature films and dozens of television shows, and has worked with every major studio.

Mr. Bianchi added, ?We want the executives of Hollywoods post production facilities and studios to evaluate our technology and discover the benefits of Archion. As the former founder and CEO of industry leader LA Digital Post, I understand the capital intensive nature of the business. Archion offers a highly cost-effective, safe, stable and proven alternative to Avid Unity.

About The Synergy Plus Product
Synergy Plus, the only hardware product compatible with Avids Unity system, including the latest version Medianetwork 4.1, is a full featured SATA II to FC Raid storage unit designed for networking digital video systems. The product comes in units from 1 TB and up, with 2 ports of 2GB FC, and is compatible with Windows, Macintosh OS 9, X and Tiger, Linux, and UNIX.

About Archion
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. Archion's founders were the first to successfully network eight Avids and one terabyte of Networked RAID storage on a feature film. As the leading manufacturer of alternative storage solutions for Avid users, Archion storage has been utilized by 75 feature films and by dozens of television projects.

Archion manufactures high performance, high availability, fault tolerant networked storage for multiple platforms and heterogeneous environments. These powerful and turnkey systems provide the ultimate in capability, scalability, flexibility, data rate performance, and the data protection demanded by editing professionals.

In addition, Archion offers a flagship financing program unparalleled in the industry. Archion's Tech Refresh provides clients the opportunity to refresh their technology every 36 months with a guaranteed trade-in value. Many of their clients have referred to Archion's Tech Refresh as the end of Storage Obsolescence.

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