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Avid Ships Avid Unity LANshare; Ethernet-based Shared Storage System

(December 18, 2001)
Avid Technology, Inc. today announced immediate availability of Avid Unity LANshare version 1. The newest solution in the Avid Unity family of shared storage products is an entry-level system that takes advantage of Ethernet technology to deliver the same reliability and powerful file sharing functionality of the Avid Unity system, but at a reduced price.

Avid Unity LANshare version 1, an all-in-one storage and server unit, includes Avid Unity MediaNet software to support simultaneous sharing of media and enable easier administration. Unity LANshare supports up to 10 single-stream clients or six dual-stream clients using non-finishing compressed resolutions. A 100 Base-T Ethernet backbone makes set-up, administration and maintenance easy for smaller editorial workgroups. In fact, the LANshare architecture virtually eliminates the need for a dedicated system administrator.

"Although Avid Unity LANshare was easy to install, which by itself is a big benefit, we were immediately impressed by its strengths and overall reliability," said Tony Cox, chief engineer at FilmCore Editorial, a commercial editing facility in San Francisco. "As a beta customer, we focused on ease of installation and administration, as well as the timesaving workflow benefits of the systems when fully operational. For me, however, deploying existing Ethernet instead of adding fibre channel offers a time and cost savings that are tough to beat."

Features of Avid Unity LANshare include:

- Support for six simultaneous dual-stream clients at 10:1 or

lower resolution

- Support for 10 single-stream clients at 4:1 or lower


- 640 GB storage capacity with removable drives - 1.2 TB

expected in Q1 2002

- Support for Meridien(TM) hardware-based Avid editing

applications (Media Composer(R) and Film Composer(R) 10.6,

Avid Xpress(R) 4.6, Symphony(TM) 3.6, Media Station XL 1.1


- Minimal hardware components

- Portable, compact design

- Open platform support for connecting 3rd party tools

- Click-and-drag to create or resize virtual partitions

- True file-level sharing for all clients

- Full administration and monitoring capabilities

- Optional UnityRAID(TM) (0+1) protection

"LANshare, like the other solutions in our Avid Unity family, helps creators share media in ways that speed the production process and enable broaden reuse of valuable media," said Tim Claman, director of product management for Workgroups & Storage at Avid. Because smaller workgroups are looking to benefit from media sharing, we believe the time is right for a lower cost alternative like LANshare."

In conjunction with Avid Unity LANshare 1.0, Avid is also shipping Avid Unity MediaNet 2.2, Media Composer 10.6, Film Composer 10.6, Avid Xpress 4.6, Symphony 3.6 and Media Station XL 1.1 systems.

Pricing and Availability

Avid Unity LANshare is priced at $35,000 US MSRP, and this includes the LANserver (storage and server unit), Ethernet switch, external CD-ROM drive, software, documentation and 10 client licenses. The product is available immediately through a regional Avid sales office or authorized Avid Unity reseller.

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