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About Facilis' Shared Storage Solutions

Facilis Technology designs and builds shared storage servers for collaborative media production networks. Our unique Shared File System is included with all Facilis HUB servers and allows complex, cross-OS network environments to collaborate workflow across media production applications and file formats. Whether your job is 4K color grading, VFX compositing or HD craft editorial, working with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud, Apple FCPX, DaVinci Resolve, or Avid Pro Tools, Facilis HUB is a shared storage solution that provides the performance and collaboration so that you can create with confidence.

Press, News & Events

The latest news, events and press coverage of Facilis shared storage

Facilis Keeps Running Man On Track

Facilis Keeps Running Man On Track Provides backbone to online and offline environments with project sharing across multiple edit rooms HUDSON, MA (October 31st, 2019) – Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks, today announced that Running Man, a boutique post-production company in New York…

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Facilis Shows Next Gen HUB Shared Storage System at NAB NY

Facilis Shows Next Gen HUB Shared Storage System at NAB NY Featuring Object Cloud and FastTracker with previews of V8 software, FastTracker 3.5 HUDSON, MA (October 10th, 2019) – At NAB Show NY (Booth N136), Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks today announced that…

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Facilis and ATTO Technology Partnership Targets High-powered Apple workstations with new 25Gb Adapters

Facilis and ATTO Technology Partnership Targets High-powered Apple workstations with new 25Gb Adapter   Enables high-bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for Apple’s new Mac Pro, iMac Pro and Mac mini   HUDSON, MA (August 27, 2019) – Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks today announced…

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Join us at Inter BEE 2019 – Japan – November 13-15, 2019

Inter BEE 2019 (International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition 2019) Join us at Inter BEE 2019 (Japan) with Facilis Authorized Reseller, ITOCHU Cable Systems Corporation When: Wednesday, November 13th – Friday, November 15th (3 days) November 13th (Wednesday) 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November 14th (Thursday) 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November 15th (Friday) 10:00 a.m. to…

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Virtual Volumes

Facilis has a unique way of creating virtual disks on demand that look and act like basic hard drives but are evenly distributed across a much larger drive set. Instead of a linear path, data is written on the entire disk surface at all times, ensuring that every virtual volume has the same performance, whether the system is empty or full.

 

Facilis Shared File System

Client software is necessary for storage area networks (SAN) but can be complex and expensive. Our Shared File System was developed exclusively for video and audio content, to be easy to use and inexpensive to deploy. It changes what’s old, clunky, and inefficient about TCP-IP network file systems but keeps the scalability and reliability that they’re known for.

 

Fibre Channel & Ethernet in Perfect Harmony

Facilis does both seamlessly even on the same client workstation. We know the benefits in high-bitrate workflows, and we’re advocates of ethernet for its lower-cost scalability and performance. Any Virtual Volume can be accessed through any connectivity method, will full write permission on every workstation.

 

Web Console Management

Included with every shared storage servers, the Web Console is a user-facing representation of the Facilis Shared File System and virtual volume management. Volumes of any size can be created, size can be changed on the fly, and permissions can be managed with either total simplicity or ultimate security.

 

FastTracker Asset Management

A media indexing application runs on the Facilis video storage server and tracks all the files entering the system. When working in Adobe, the FastTracker Adobe Panel gives the editor immediate access to indexed files through catalogs that can be secured their user account. There's a Desktop Browse Window for media access when in Avid, FCPX or Resolve, and for access to preview and proxy files outside these applications.

 

About Our SAN Servers

Facilis HUB storage area network servers are not generic NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices that rely on standard network protocols that can be changed or broken. Our Shared File System for video editing is unique in many ways:

 

  • Automatic multi-connectivity failover (including Fibre Channel to Ethernet) with no manual configuration required.
  • Automatic Load balancing of clients across multiple server IP addresses, also with no manual configuration requirement.
  • Historical and dynamic client and volume bandwidth tracking, as well as overall server load monitoring.
  • Simplified remote client deployment, enabling software update of every workstation from any connected browser.

Celebrating 10 years of the Facilis Shared File System 

Jim McKenna
Jim McKennaFacilis Technology is a software company that designs a turn-key network video editing shared storage. Most of the software development at Facilis is focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and compatibility of our products' major feature, the Facilis Shared File System. It's a common misconception that any storage attached through a network is "Network Attached Storage". NAS is better defined as storage accessed through a set of generic network file systems, regardless of the physical connection. These file systems, like SMB (a generic server-client communication protocol), CIFs (a popular type of SMB), and NFS (a little better than CIFs and SMB but not as widely compatible) are the basis for traditional NAS architecture in enterprise environments. Most network attached storage in the world is Windows and Linux based, more Linux for internet hosting, more Windows for in-facility NAS. The vast majority of networking technology is developed for enterprise environments, not for media and content creation workflows.