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Avid unveils scalable storage system

The unique architecture of the Avid Unity ISIS media network minimizes bandwidth congestion and enables the system to continue operating, even when drives fail.

Avid unveiled a shared-storage server called the Avid Unity ISIS media network.

The design enables 16 individual storage blades — housed within an ISIS Engine single storage chassis — to process media, while simultaneously sharing data and balancing the collective workflow between entire groups of connected storage drives.

The Avid Unity ISIS system is based on Infinitely Scalable Intelligent Storage (ISIS) that spreads media files across the entire series of disc drives.

Version 1.0 of Avid Unity ISIS comes with storage capacity of up to 64TB; connectivity for up to 100 dual-stream (50Mb/s) for clients working in real-time over standard Gigabit Ethernet; native compatibility with Ethernet switching technologies; and the flexibility to hot-swap any storage component.

The Unity ISIS system will scale in 8TB increments, with no limit to system size. As data demands grow, users can connect additional Avid ISIS Engines using a Cisco Catalyst 4948 Series Ethernet switch.

The Avid Unity ISIS system also includes self-healing drive blades that communicate with one another to automatically adapt instantly and redistribute data in the event of a drive failure. This process can also be initiated manually. All processing takes place in parallel to maintain real-time flow and data resiliency. The more storage that is added to the system, the more quickly it self-heals in the event of an error. When a failed drive is replaced, data is rebuilt at speeds up to 20 times faster than typical RAID systems.

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