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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.
“Previously a lot of our programmes, such as talk shows, needed only one editor, but we started bringing in more factual entertainment programmes that required multiple editors working simultaneously on the same material. We had two suites connected with a NAS but no project sharing, and the rest was standalone storage, so we began looking at a suitable collaborative storage replacement.”
“We’ve stuck with Facilis over the years because of the great flexibility and performance the system affords us. Service is great and our support contract lets us get in touch with a knowledgeable Facilis rep in under 5 minutes, if needed. Support reps can even remote-in and take care of any issues if they crop up, which means a lot to us,”
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“We frequently shoot on ARRI Alexa Mini at 4K or on Red cameras at 5 or 6K. We’re able to edit the footage natively, without transcoding or making proxies on the Facilis system, which saves lots of time. With 8GB Fibre Channel connections to each workstation, we get about 500MB/sec on each workstation, it’s like having an internal SSD. We have multiple editors working at the same time and we’ve never run into a bottleneck.”
“The Facilis system was installed quickly and it’s super-fast. We really like it,” comments White. “The 4K footage plays back smoothly and it’s really going to revolutionize the way we edit at BrandStar.”
“Even at this time, the Facilis system was extremely reliable, high performance and flexible. Especially the access to material on a cross-platform and cross-application basis was one of the main reasons for adopting the TerraBlock system.”
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
Facilis 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.