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TEWKSBURY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 2005--Avid Technology, Inc. unveiled its next-generation shared-storage solution in the Avid Unity(TM) family -- the Avid Unity ISIS media network. Unlike other storage area network (SAN) devices that rely on centralized intelligence to manage data, the Infinitely Scalable Intelligent Storage (ISIS) solution leverages a distributed-intelligence architecture. This design enables 16 individual storage blades - housed within a single storage chassis (Avid ISIS Engine) - to process media, while simultaneously sharing data and balancing the collective workflow between entire groups of connected storage drives. With its distributed intelligence architecture, the Avid Unity ISIS system has no inherent storage or connectivity limitations and avoids bottlenecks that can occur in storage systems that use centralized intelligence, the company says.
Version 1.0 of Avid Unity ISIS comes equipped with storage capacity of up to 64 terabytes (TB) per system, with the ability to link multiple Avid ISIS Engines to one another; connectivity of up to 100 clients working in real-time over standard Gigabit Ethernet; native compatibility with leading Ethernet switching technologies, such as best-in-class products from Cisco Systems; and the flexibility to hot-swap any storage component -- even in the midst of data transfer -- to ensure uninterrupted access to information for all users within a facility.
The Avid Unity ISIS system is designed to support a wide array of digital media production environments, including broadcast news and network production operations, reality television productions and education institutions with multi-purpose media labs.