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Medéa Debuts FCR2/FCR2X Fibre Channel RAID Arrays

New disk arrays optimized for content creation and video applications (December 13, 2004)

Medéa Corporation, the leading manufacturer of ATA-based RAID storage solutions, delivers its latest Fibre Channel product for video post, graphics and content creation applications with the release of the new VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X Fibre Channel RAID storage arrays.

The Medéa VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X are the latest innovative Fibre Channel arrays optimized for a variety of high bandwidth applications, including High Definition (HD) video editing with the FCR2X. The VideoRaid FCR2 is equipped with a single channel 2-Gbit Fibre Channel interface and provides sustained data transfer rates of 180 MB/sec., while the VideoRaid FCR2X comes with dual 2-Gbit Fibre Channel interfaces delivering sustained data transfer rates of up to 320 MB/sec sufficient to meet the demands of HD.

The VideoRaid FCR2, and each half of the FCR2X, also features a built-in 4-port Fibre Channel hub that allows for direct connection of up to four workstations. The two arrays are designed to enable the critical storage component for a Fibre Channel-based Storage Area Network and facilitate a collaborative work environment.

Both arrays support all Fibre Channel modes including loop and switched fabric so as storage requirements grow, multiple VideoRaid FCR2 or FCR2X arrays can be scaled to capacities exceeding 120TB over 1,300 hours of uncompressed Standard Definition (SD) video content. The arrays also integrate seamlessly with a variety of popular SD and HD plug-in cards from leading companies including CinèWave, Blackmagic Design, and AJA Video Systems.

The Medéa VideoRaid FCR2 is designed around a sleek and attractive desktop enclosure that provides up to 1.6TB of storage on five removable disk drives. The array is compatible with SD plug-in cards from the following manufacturers:
* CinèWave SD 8bit
* Blackmagic Decklink SD 8bit and 10bit
* AJA Kona SD 8bit and 10bit
* AJA Kona 2 SD 8bit and 10bit
* AJA SD 8bit and 10bit

The VideoRaid FCR2X features a similar modern design, turned sideways in a 3U high rack mounted enclosure offering up to 3.2TB of storage on ten removable disk drives. For users working with High Definition, FCR2X is compatible with HD plug-in cards from the following manufacturers:
* Blackmagic Decklink HD 8bit and 10bit
* Cinèwave HD 8bit
* AJA Kona HD 8bit and 10bit
* AJA Kona 2 8bit and 10bit

The VideoRaid FCR2/FCR2X features a range of specialized proprietary features developed by Medéa, including a preventative maintenance system called RAID Patrol, which proactively monitors the disk media for errors and offers a level of performance not found on competing storage arrays. With RAID Patrol, a user is always assured that the system is continually optimized for peak performance. For video post applications, the VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X both feature Medéas proprietary Multi-Stream Technology (MST), a sophisticated embedded stream handling algorithm that works in conjunction with the systems on-board caching RAID controller to support simultaneous real-time playback of multiple streams of uncompressed Standard Definition video.

Medéa has built a strong reputation for engineering innovative RAID technology in its products, and this means that a drive failure, though rare, will not be a catastrophic event. The VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X will continue to operate at full performance and without data loss even if a drive fails. When it does become necessary to replace a drive, users can simply swap out the bad drive module without having to power down the system and the array will automatically begin background reconstruction of the drive. The FCR2X also features redundant power supplies, providing further security against data loss in the event of a power failure.

?Medéa Corporation has an established legacy of developing imaginative and robust storage solutions for the video, graphics and content creation markets, states Martin Bock, President of Medéa. ?The new VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X continue that legacy by offering the security and reliability of the RAID technology for which Medéa is known. Fibre Channel connectivity enables easy collaboration and scalability for users in the animation, graphics, and video post arenas that share work on continually evolving content.

He continues, ?To further meet the requirements of users in these markets, Medéa has installed several proprietary features on the VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X. The Multi-Stream Technology contained in both arrays allows for the simultaneous real-time playback of multiple streams of uncompressed video, allowing up to four users to access the same content concurrently - saving time and money and maximizing ROI. RAID Patrol operates in the background, but assures the user that the system is always continually optimized for peak performance. We look forward to users in a variety of content dependent arenas turning to Medéa, and the new VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X arrays, for their optimized storage solutions.

Medéa VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X Highlights Include:

* VideoRaid FCR2: Single 2G-bit Fibre Channel, arbitrated loop and fabric support
* VideoRaid FCR2X: Dual channel 2G-bit Fibre Channel, arbitrated loop and fabric support
* Standard HSSDC ports supporting distances up to 30 meters
* Optical ports available supporting distances up to 300 meters

* Sustained Data Rate:
 VideoRaid FCR2: Up to 180 MB/sec.
 VideoRaid FCR2X: Up to 360 MB/sec.

* Fibre Channel Switch/Hub Compatibility:
 ATTO, Brocade, Emulex, McData and QLogic

* Fibre Channel Host Adapter Compatibility:
 Apple Dual-port PCI card
 ATTO Express PCI and Celertity
 QLogic SANblade
 SGI XIO Dual Adapter

About Medéa Corporation
Medéa Corporation headquartered in Tustin, California, and Woodland Hills, London and Tokyo, is the leading supplier of high performance, low-cost storage solutions optimized for video, broadcast and digital content creation applications. Medéa products offer unmatched price/performance to professionals involved in audio/video production around the world.

For more information contact Medéa at 14352 Chambers Road, Tustin, CA 92780. Telephone: (949) 852-8511, Fax: (949) 852-8930. Web site:


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