updated 04:45 pm EDT, Mon April 3, 2006
Exavio workflows with Macs
Exavio today announced that it will unveil new workflows NAB 2006 (Booth #SL585) that leverage the ExaMax 9000 I/O Accelerator to deliver increased performance and efficiency in existing complex storage environments. The presentation will include an uncompressed HD workflow for Apple PowerMac with Xsan, and a multi-stream PC-based 2K digital intermediate (DI) workflow demonstration running from an accelerated storage area network. Exavio claims that the ExaMax 9000 I/O Accelerator increases the performance of Apple's XServe RAID and Xsan systems by a factor of more than four times, enabling users to build large, multi-seat HD collaborative workflows with PowerMac Workstations and Final Cut Pro Studio.
"In the post production world, a manager's dream is to work in uncompressed HD or DI format, reading and writing data from a SAN with a true collaborative workflow," said Mike Moone, President and CEO of Exavio. "That just hasn't been possible before because the infrastructure itself is proving to be a significant bottleneck. Exavio is enabling new postproduction and DI workflows to leap off the drawing board and be put to practical use today so facilities can adapt to take on the most demanding projects."
The ExaMax 9000 I/O Accelerator touts a dynamic cache, scalable from 128 GB up to 1 TB, mitigating storage random-seek and concurrent access issues. The system provides stable performance over time, even with high storage usage. Optimized with proprietary algorithms tuned for video precision, the ExaMax 9000 I/O Accelerator assures immediate content availability with low latency. The platform can expand to 36 2-Gb Fibre Channel ports in one chassis to support various post production environments including uncompressed HD, and 2K and 4K digital film resolutions.
A Java-based management application called ExaView monitors and manages the ExaMax platform storage virtualization and network environments through a simple GUI from a remote client.