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Facilis Technology Announces TerraBlock Version 2.0

High-Bandwidth Storage Solution Delivers Dyna-RAID Technology to the Video Market (April 24, 2006)

Facilis Technology, a leader in media shared storage for post-production technology, announced demonstrations of TerraBlock 2.0 at NAB 2006. The feature-rich system upgrade introduces cutting edge technology for uncompressed HD and SD post-production, 2K/4K Digital Intermediate workflow, graphics and content creation and mixed audio and video workgroups. The system combines intelligent drive management software with lower-cost SATA drive technology and dedicated optical fiber channel connectivity. TerraBlock 2.0 will be available for purchase by June 1st.

?Facilis changes the rules for all shared storage with this release, states James McKenna, vice president of marketing for Facilis Technology. ?TerraBlock 2.0 introduces Parity (RAID5) as part of Dyna-RAID, a dynamic per-volume data protection new to the video industry. Parity (RAID5) protection greatly lowers the storage overhead needed for data protection on a per virtual volume basis. RAID5 coupled with Facilis TANDEM spanning technology enables a TerraBlock network to distribute bandwidth of over 2000MB/sec among multiple clients ideal for collaborative 2K DPX film work, multiple-stream 1080i 4:4:4 video, or color correction workflows with 4K 24fps film playback.

The TerraBlock is a cross-platform system, with no design limitations on capacity. Internal software virtualizes the SATA2 disk drives to create a pool of high bandwidth block-level storage available to any fiber connected client. Additionally, client request arbitration creates high-performance pathways to the data.

The TerraBlock supports all Avid, Apple and Adobe non-linear editorial, graphics and effects applications, and many content creation, DI and encoding platforms on various windows and Mac OS levels.

Other key features and capabilities of TerraBlock 2.0 include:

Cross platform virtual volumes
Dynamic RAID Protection on-the-fly
Spanned volumes for ultra-high performance
Auto-recovery of failed drives
Client count upgrades with no license fees 

Technology preview
Facilis Technologys TerraBlock 2.0 will be showcased at NAB 2006 April 24-27, 2006 in the following locations:

Facilis TerraBlock with Avid/Adobe/Apple/Assimilate editors, booth # SL1600 AJA KONA 3 and XENA hardware demonstrations, booth # SL4913
TerraBlock 2.0 will be available for purchase through retail channels worldwide by June 1st. To locate a licensed reseller, visit or call 800-620-7022.

About Facilis Technology
Facilis Technology, Inc. designs and builds high-capacity, turnkey storage area networks for the post-production field. The company delivers cost-effective, high-bandwidth storage solutions that facilitate a more efficient workflow for content creators in HD, broadcast, graphics and animation industries.  For more information, visit

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