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Harris boosts workflows by doubling server density

1 February 2013
Harris boosts workflows by doubling server density

The latest version of the Harris Nexio Volt video server doubles the number of channel ports of earlier models. The 1U cabinet now supports up to four bi-directional HD channels, or eight in standard definition. Storage can be internal in the same cabinet, or onto a networked Harris Farad storage array over gigabit ethernet. The Nexio Volt is designed for scalable applications. Users can start with internal storage, moving to Farad as needs develop. Farad supports cost-effective RAID-60 as well as high capacity RAID-601 configurations. The software-based RAID-601 enables users to expand storage at will, and in combination with the redundant connectivity of Nexio Volt provides a secure environment. The server uses software-based codecs and license keying, to provide flexibility. This includes 3Gb/s capability, and the ability to support multiple codecs, including MPEG-2 and H.265, the full range of DV and AVC-Intra codecs, and DNxHD. Content with different encodings can be played back to back. Nexio Volt is also capable of generating low resolution proxies during ingest in fast turnaround environments such as news. Generating the browse copy on the fly also reduces the requirement for bandwidth in sending the content to external encoders as a separate process. Nexio Volt is now shipping, and will be formally introduced at the Cabsat exhibition in Dubai in March, and at NAB in April.

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