Avid has unveiled the latest edition of its NEXIS media server family, including faster storage controllers, disks and network connections, for enhanced performance and support for media projects requiring a greater number of files to be managed.
The new NEXIS F-Series was designed to support evolving media workflows in which large teams of media professionals work offsite by delivering secure, remote access to media and metadata across flash, online, nearline, cloud and archive storage, said Avid.
The company also introduced Avid NEXIS | VFS, a new virtual file system that enables deployment of NEXIS storage on premise, in the cloud or as a SaaS solution and makes it possible for editors, VFX specialists and other media creators to collaborate from anywhere.
Offering performance that can scale to 30 gigabytes per seconds, the new NEXIS F-Series family initially is available with models for Tier 1 online storage, including: Avid NEXIS | PRO+ for small workgroups with a limited need to scale; NEXIS | F2, offering a small footprint for smaller media organisation: NEXIS | F2 + F2X, a NEXIS | E4 storage replacement; and NEXIS | F5 supporting high-density storage for large media companies. The NEXIS | F2 SDD, based on flash storage for Tier 0 ultra-high-performance storage, is planned for later in the year, said Avid.
Two other NEXIS F-Series models, the NEXIS | SDA +, which enables storage management of up to 160 million media files, and the Tier 2 nearline NEXIS | F5 NL with support for ultra-high-density storage, are also available.
According to the company, the new Avid NEXIS | VFS virtualises storage into a single pool of shared resources, accelerating collaborative media workflows for teams of any size working remotely in a secure manner.
The new virtual file system offers built-in intelligence to automate administrative tasks and allow NEXIS F-series storage to adapt to changing workloads without the intervention of users. NEXIS | VFS dynamically reallocates storage capacity to optimise bandwidth and provides protection by automatically rebuilding drives when required.
“With remote collaboration now being the norm for most production and creative teams around the world, media organisations are looking to scale their infrastructures and take the next step on their cloud journeys without impacting performance or reliability,” said David Colantuoni, VP, product management for video and media solutions at Avid.
“Avid NEXIS lets organisations of all sizes do exactly that. From powering unmatched collaborative performance to bringing intelligence into media workflows and delivering unprecedented flexibility, Avid NEXIS enables remote operations like never before.”