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Facilis Technology Delivers Dyna-RAID as TerraBlock 2.0 Hits the Market

Post-production professionals can lower data protection overhead and improve network performance to new levels (June 06, 2006)

Facilis Technology, a leader in shared media storage for post-production facilities, today announced the first shipping of TerraBlock 2.0, which gives multi-media professionals the power of spanned virtual volumes and enhanced data protection. By introducing parity (RAID5) as well as mirroring within the Dyna-RAID feature, TerraBlock 2.0 is the first shared storage network to give video professionals dynamic per-volume data protection. Unlike static RAID protection found in other products, this feature allows users to change the method of protection on a virtual volume, at any time, without affecting captured data. This breaks the ?all or nothing rules of RAID protection and allows the facility to make best use of the systems storage capacity and bandwidth.

Dyna-RAID makes TerraBlock 2.0 the ideal choice for facilities working in various stages of post production, from compressed SD to uncompressed HD; 2K/4K Digital Intermediate workflow; graphics and content creation and mixed audio and video workgroups. TerraBlock 2.0 also introduces Facilis TANDEM spanning technology, a volume spanning architecture that uses a combination of servers in a virtual pool of storage to meet ultra-high bandwidth requirements for multiple 2K and HD players. This powerful combination allows a TerraBlock network to distribute bandwidth of more than 2000MB/sec ideal for collaborative 2K DPX film work, multi-stream 1080i 4:4:4 video, or color correction workflows with 4K 24fps film playback.

?Facilis is committed to responding to the needs of our customers and the market, said James McKenna, vice president for Facilis Technology. ?We know that active-project data needs continual protection, but mirroring is costly and isnt always necessary. With Dyna-RAID, Facilis offers customers the ultimate freedom to tailor the level of data protection to their specific needs in each stage of a project.

TerraBlock systems combine intelligent drive management software with lower-cost SATA drive technology and dedicated optical fiber channel client connectivity. TerraBlock 2.0 supports all Avid, Apple, Adobe and many other non-linear editorial, graphics and effects applications, as well as many content creation, DI and encoding systems on various Windows and Mac OS platforms.

Key features and capabilities of TerraBlock 2.0 include:
* Dynamic RAID (Dyna-RAID) protection on-the-fly
* Spanned volumes (Tandem) for ultra-high performance
* Intelligent drive recovery that monitors client activity
* TerraBlock Manager user interface improvements
* Qualification of multiple Uncompressed HD clients with RAID5

Availability and Pricing
TerraBlock 2.0 is available for purchase through retail channels worldwide. 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.

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